Why are we always fighting automation, fighting planning, fighting growth? Why does it take so long to make decisions and then get planning approval to make progress?
10 years for a decision on London Airport and still not fully approved and still not through planning expected completion in another 10 years.
In the UK, we cannot get Trade Union agreement to have a train driver close a door. Disruptive Striking and insisting that an additional person is required instead of addressing the basic safety issue identified by the Union and automating. Docklands Railway has run for years fully automated, visit Dubai Airport and you will step into a fully automatic train to move you between terminals. Other trains on the UK network operate driver only. Disruptive strikes should be a thing of the past and should be banned.
The need for Disruptive strike action should be confined to history and replaced with real participation within all levels of a company structure making Trade Unions obsolete.
The Greenbelt is supposed to prevent urban sprawl but does it just squeeze everybody to live in cramped conditions in our towns and cities, ignoring the reality of population growth and the need for new homes. Why are we not building the homes everybody knows are needed?
Are we trying to live in the past? Do we have an unreal memory of the good old days?
CHANGE is coming and coming fast as we leave the EU.
The UK must improve its productivity, that means we all need to work Quicker,Smarter and Better than the rest in everything we do. Companies need to share the rewards of success and growth to its employees at all levels if we are to be successful.
With all of the talk about our negotiations with the EU over our exit terms why do many people not seem to understand that the EU has the controlling voice and has stated very clearly its opening position that we cannot be members of the EU Single Market if we leave the EU (which we have already voted to leave!). If we want access to a market that involves the EU we are going to have to play tough and get out there establishing our own market relationships with the world and see if EU would like to join us. Unfortunately we cannot do this without first leaving the EU, as we could be subject to EU legal penalties.
The EU will not just give-in to the UK, that is very clear, Cameron tried in the past with threats of UK leaving the EU and that did not work, so the message must be lets get on with it.
It will be painful but the longer we talk without making it clear what we are doing the more the financial markets and businesses will act, maybe making it more difficult for the UK to recover in the future.
Is now the time to Buy British? The UK is a major buyer of goods and services from the EU and unless we manage to secure a mutually beneficial deal on Brexit we could change our buying decisions.
UK businesses need to have the support of the British public and “Buy British” should now be an important factor in our product selection.
That sounds easy but can you quickly tell which products are produced by British companies? Its not always easy.
As we approach Brexit we all need to start thinking about this.
Who do we bank with?
Who supplies our Energy? Out of the Big Six energy companies only British Gas and SSE are British.
Which cars do we buy?
What food do we eat?
Manufacturers need to start promoting Made in Britain to help us make our buying decisions easier in case – we need to!.