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Darroch damned in Donald’s dummy spitting spat

Fiona Russell-Horne

Being on President Nixon’s enemies list was the highest single honour I’ve ever received.   It’s been a while since this column had a pop across the Pond at POTUS and this morning’s headlines that the White House has broken off relationships with Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States of America …

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Pride and predjudice

Fiona Russell-Horne

The minute the game finished my first thought was ‘how do we win on Saturday?’ and my second thought was ‘how do we win Olympic gold?’ How is it possible to be simultaneously so proud of one set of individuals acting as a team and so ashamed of another doing …

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It’s really, really good to talk

Fiona Russell-Horne

Mate. Don’t be embarrassed. Over the years in this industry, I’ve sat through a lot of conference presentations. Some good, some outstanding, some tedious in the extreme. Some instantly forgettable, lots memorable, though not always for the right reasons (death by crane off-loader – those of you who were there …

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Five uncomfortable looking stools

Fiona Russell-Horne

It is a tale told by an idiot. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.   I tried. Truly, honestly, I tried to stick with it. But it was just so irritating and predictable. I ended up switching over to Italy v Brazil. At least that meant I was watching …

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Fire in the hold

Fiona Russell-Horne

No creature in the Jungle will call fire by its proper name. Every beast lives in deadly fear of it, and invents a hundred ways of describing it Almost exactly two years to the day after the devastating fire that befell the Grenfell Tower in Kensington, the flames tore through …

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In, Out, shake it all about

Fiona Russell-Horne

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley Two years ago, if you’d said anything about the UK’s possible performance in the 2019 European Elections, many people would have scoffed at you. The Government had triggered Article 50 and kick-started the process of the UK divorcing from the EU. The deadline had …

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It’s good to talk

Fiona Russell-Horne

It’s OK to not be OK   Illness: serious, life-threatening, life-changing, life-taking illness affects us all at some point or another. Whether it afflicts us in person or our friends, loved ones, colleagues or neighbours, at some point we will all know several people who have had or who have …

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Winning Ways

Fiona Russell-Horne

An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told. There’s still time – just – to book your tickets to the highlight of the merchanting calendar. Well, the highlight for this month anyway – I’m not so vain that I think that our BMJ Industry Awards – still in its toddler …

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People’s choice

Fiona Russell-Horne

We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that when the voting populace is tired of its government, then said government will get a real roasting in the local elections. And so it came to pass …

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Save the planet

Fiona Russell-Horne

Climate change is not the concern of just one or two nations. It is an issue that affects the whole of humanity and every living being on this earth Reducing our reliance upon fossil fuels is a good thing. That seems to be a given. The Government certainly seems to …

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