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(Not) Much ado about everything

Fiona Russell-Horne

what we have we prize not to the worth Whiles we enjoy it, but being lacked and lost, Why, then we rack the value, then we find The virtue that possession would not show us While it was ours.   Well. What a to-do. There has been so much going …

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A million questions, not one answer

Fiona Russell-Horne

Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things. There’s a school of thought that recessions come in ten-year cycles. Which, even with my Grade B O Level maths, I reckon makes us a year late in starting this next one. New orders …

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OMG.

Fiona Russell-Horne

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. Wow. I am really confused now. Three years ago, the EU referendum was ‘won’ by the side which wanted the UK to take back control of our own legislation after decades of …

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Make risk management a priority

Guest Blogger - Kishor Harsiani

Kishor Harsiani, IBC’s Strategy & Finance Director, explains why the merchant industry must make risk management an urgent priority You’ll struggle to find a company within the building industry that isn’t working to a strategic plan. Whether merchant or supplier, everyone has a plan for future growth, and a strategy …

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Stamp out the council house shortage

Fiona Russell-Horne

But injustice breeds injustice; the fighting with shadows and being defeated by them necessitates the setting up of substances to combat. Fiddle, fiddle fiddle. That’s all it is. Fiddling with stuff but not actually fixing it. When he was Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne altered the stamp duty thresholds, …

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Recruitment nightmares

Fiona Russell-Horne

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us So, the figures from the Office for National Statistics, released yesterday morning (August 13), show that the number of people in work reached a record 76.1% between April and June 2019. However, the figures also …

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Whose fault is it anyway?

Fiona Russell-Horne

The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves Let’s play a little game, I like to call the Blame Game. In these snowflake days where no-one ever seems to want to take responsibility for their actions, everything always has to be someone else’s fault. I blame …

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99 days and counting. Tick tock

Fiona Russell-Horne

That’s another fine mess you’ve got us into, Stanley So, in the week’s least surprising news, the flaxen-haired one has achieved his long-held ambition and succeed to the highest post in the land on the back of persuading 92,000 members of the Conservative Party that his is the way that …

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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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