All articles by: John Holden

Nothing new in the Carillion debacle

Published: January 28, 2018
Written by John Holden

“I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches …

Referendum reversal

Published: January 12, 2018
Written by John Holden

Could there be another UK general election in 2018 with Brexit at its heart? Theresa’s May sole reason for calling an election last year was to strengthen her negotiating position …

Bid bye-bye to bad, bungling bosses

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by John Holden

What can be done to tackle the widespread problem of managerial ineptitude? The managerially challenged are employed in many senior positions. They should be replaced with people who are up …

Don’t just blame the tax avoiders

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by John Holden

The publication of the Paradise Papers, some 13 million documents detailing the enterprising tax activities of the global affluent class has raised yet again the vexed question of how to …

‘Brexel’: the Brexit election

Published: May 4, 2017
Written by John Holden

“I’m not going to be calling a snap election. I’ve been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with …

The dismal legacy of David Cameron

Published: April 7, 2017
Written by John Holden

David Cameron tendered his abrupt resignation as Prime Minister on June 24 last year. For many he may now be no more than a memory but his legacy is very …

Boardroom turbulence at Tata Steel

Published: December 17, 2016
Written by John Holden

Following months of great uncertainty, Tata Steel’s announcement that it is committed to securing thousands of jobs at Port Talbot and other sites is extremely welcome. Tata proposals include a …

In pursuit of the Three Scrooges

Published: August 14, 2016
Written by John Holden

John Holden steps into the quagmire of recent business scandals, and offers some suggestions for draining the bog. In recent months there have been widely reported cases of allegedly unseemly …