Richard John takes aim at the broad political scene
I’m busy. Aside from preparing for our third cohort of event assistant apprentices, delivering workshops of wisdom around the country, being a beacon of loveliness at a venue near you and getting a couple more books ready for your education, I’m also launching two new companies. You’ll be hearing more about those in the coming months, but I feel it’s incumbent on me to try and help save our ailing economy.
And this month’s column is really a suggestion to you to turn off the depressing news, and look to see what new business ventures you can explore. You see, statistically, recessions are the best time to launch a new business, and I have a feeling that there is a real doozey coming.
That’s not just me being unduly pessimistic (although I am – honestly – leaving the country because of what’s happening.) Interest rates will be up, probably before Christmas. Meanwhile our politicians fight over whether we should have a ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ Brexit. This is rather like arguing which song you should listen to as your car is hurtling over a cliff. The government try to persuade us that they are negotiating with the EU, presumably in the same way that plankton negotiate with whales.
As I write this, Cabinet members are falling over themselves to channel their inner Churchill for the media, as planes are requisitioned to bring home a hundred thousand holidaymakers following the collapse of Monarch Airlines. There are several reasons for this, including terrorism but, yes, Brexit and the resultant weak pound too. Ministers are describing the repatriation as being on a ‘Dunkirk scale’, sadly forgetting to read their history books and remember that Dunkirk was a defeat for Britain.
Oh, and rumours that Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary has orchestrated the incident to divert attention from his own cock-up are – currently – unfounded.
Fortunately, our folly is hidden behind the on-going circus in the White House. The Trump presidency will continue to eclipse serious matters on this side of the Atlantic.
There are hard times ahead with Brexit, the US presidency, and the lingering threat of terrorism. So gird those loins, stiffen that upper lip, and raise two fingers to it all. Ours is a resilient and creative sector, and opportunities abound. Whichever area of the industry you’re in, it’s time to look at new markets, sectors, opportunities, and initiatives. Whatever the result, remember my favourite saying; ‘there is no failure, only feedback.’