Monthly Archives: May 2008

Research pours cold water on Generation Y

Since I wrote this piece about Generation Y and how I thought the whole thing was a load of bollocks was sceptical about such a simplistic model, I have been challenged by a number of people who think there is something in … Continue reading

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Management-speak 2.0

A few years ago, after some fashion guru had announced that “grey is the new black”, variations on the saying became a common cliche for describing any social change or shift in attitudes. So Slovenia is the new Switzerland, Gay … Continue reading

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Banks want to bury their toxic waste

If you think HR-speak is bad, Finance-speak is just as impenetrable to the uninitiated and it creates even more scope for pulling the wool over people’s eyes. The trouble is that most of us stop listening as soon as we hear financial jargon. Even intelligent … Continue reading

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Links and things

Today I noticed a link from Angry Alice who has a blog devoted to the collapse of the UK’s housing market and other associated economic woes. How you can write about something so depressing, day after day, without wanting to throw yourself off … Continue reading

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Curbing excessive pay

Executive pay is in the spotlight again. This week has seen shareholder revolts against the pay packages of senior executives at GlaxoSmithKline and Shell. HSBC is facing similar unrest at its AGM next week as PIRC, the corporate governance research body, has advised shareholders … Continue reading

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Double standards

This was the Cityunslicker’s Friday Joke last week, so I’ve nicked it for this week. When I take a long time, I am slow. When my boss takes a long time, he is thorough. When I don’t do it, I am … Continue reading

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Was Raef just too posh for Sir Alan?

There was a time when you would go to work or school and everybody would be talking about a programme that was on the night before. That rarely happens now. DVDs and multiple channels mean that we all watch different … Continue reading

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Barclays – not short of cash after all

It’s only just over a month since the boss of Barclays trooped into Number Ten, along with the chiefs of other major banks, to demand state intervention to ease the credit crunch. Things must be looking up though because Barclays … Continue reading

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210,000 apprenticeships? From where?

Gordon Brown published his draft legislative programme yesterday. Known as the Draft Queen’s Speech, it is a preview of what the Queen will say in November when she gives a summary of what the government will do the following year. … Continue reading

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The surveillance society – at your local corner shop

Government proposals for identity cards and suggestions from senior police officers that national DNA and fingerprint databases would help to cut crime have led some to warn of the dangers of a surveillance society. But such wishy-washy liberal concerns don’t seem to carry much … Continue reading

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