The Brexit Palaver

 

How could I not have a chat about Brexit when British politicians seem to bbrexie circling the toilet bowl after a referendum most people thought was laughable because realistically no one would want to be out of the European Union.

As far as politicians are concerned it seems everyone now has an opinion but nobody wants to stand up and lead.  This is purely because whoever is the next Prime Minister will go down in history as being the person who signed article 50 to start the proceedings in taking the UK out of the European Union.

I think everyone is still in shock with what happened on 23 June – Europe, the UK and the rest of the world all woke up on 24th June thinking brexi1what does this mean?

So David Cameron who campaigned to stay in the EU has decided to step down as Prime Minister – he can’t take the UK forward in removing itself from the European Union.

Jeremy Corbyn on the other hand  – the man who has the biggest kahunas in British politics at the moment also campaigned to stay in the EU but now has changed his mind and wants to lead the Labour Party in the UK to leave the EU. Many of his fellow Labour politicians think this is ludicrous and many labour politicians see this as their moment to lead the party but none are coming forward. Why?

Anyone can shout but few can lead! Many are telling Jeremy Corbyn to stand down but who will take his place?  I was not a fan of Ed Miliband but he was slick brexi2and had his key messages and soundbites unlike Mr Corbyn. Mr Corbyn seems to be a man from the past thrust into political leadership and now has no intention of leaving.

So what is the issue of Brexit and why are people worried?

The biggest shock after the result was that everyone was waiting to hear what the big plan was to go forward and go it alone. Everyone waited… and no one came forward with what the plan was to take the country forward.  No one was expecting the people shouting the loudest to get out of the European Union to suddenly keep quiet after the result. Were they in shock as they had no plan?  I was waiting for the big plan but it just seems it was shouting with no substance. Well done – they have managed to convince the uneducated masses into believing the immigrant boogie men will now be sent packing from the UK.  This could not be further from the truth and yet this is what many voters were thinking when they took to the polls for this now historic referendum.

What do we need?

Quite simply we need someone to lead the country right now. Someone who can make decisions and someone the country can love and believe they have the country’s back.  Whoever leads the Labour Party is irrelevant at the moment. People don’t care.  The next few months will be very interesting. Who will gain the support for leadership within the Conservative party?

More doof doof moments in British politics than Eastenders

At the moment the country is once again flummoxed  – this time with Boris Johnson not putting himself forward as leader for the Conservative Party.  I suppose the message had got out that many people were quite worried that Donald Trump and Boris as a team with fingers on the nuclear buttons are definitely a concern.

So who are the contenders so far? 

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Stephen Crabb

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Liam Fox

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Theresa May

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Michael Gove

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Andrea Leadsom

 

The Pleasure and Pain of Leadership for Labour

I think the Labour party are in a difficult place right now. Especially when you look at the list of MPs and wonder who can chukkastand their ground in Parliament against the Prime Minister.  When I see Chukka Umunna in the running I have to smile to myself as personally I think he is too young and inexperienced for the post right now. He will be in a better position in 5 years time when he can fight it out in the next general election with David Miliband in being leader of the Party.

One would tAndy Burnhamhink Keith Vaz the Labour stalwart would be front and centre for the new leadership role but as politics goes his 2001 issue would come to the fore once again so he is out of the running.   Whoever is elected new leader of the Labour Party will be cannon fodder for the Prime Minister who has years of experience of dealing with PMQs.  Labour needs a new team in a time when the Conservatives are a well-oiled machine. If anything, the next 5 years may be a bit easier for the Tories as they are free from their shackles with the Liberal Democrat coalition government.

Yvette Cooper is an interesting choice for leadership. She has the experience and Ed Balls is her husband. Personally if he had kepYvette-Cooper-at-Labour-conference-Manchester-2014t his seat he would have been leader in my opinion. I think it will be between her and Andy Burnham although I think Diane Abbot should try again. Andy Burnham and Diane Abbott are the only two Labour hopefuls left after the 2010 Labour leadership election.  Whoever the leader is, they will need to create a strong unit. This is quite difficult at the moment as everyone points fingers and gives there opinion why things did not go Labours way in the latest elections. They will need to bin their election manifesto and have a complete rethink looking at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and putting together something thDiane-Abbottat will unite a nation behind them into believing that they are the leadership for them.  It will be hard work but nothing like putting together three 5 year plans and taking the country forward into 2030.

The new team could be the new young leaders of tomorrow headed by Tristram Hunt with Andy Burnham and Chukka Umunna in support. Something similar to the 1997 big three New Labour team of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson.Blair_Brown_Mand

In the meantime Team Tory is full steam ahead in trying to get the country out of deficit with the SNP acting as a dropped anchor in slowing the process down

Ed Miliband’s drastic change in image

I wrote a little about Ed Miliband in 2012 about how he could change his PR image. My goodness in the last 6 months he seems to have changed drastically.  I suppose it is things you do to gain support of the masses.  He has slowed down his speech a lot.  He looks a lot calmer as well.  He has stopped the usual tell sign of closing his eyes every time he finishes his key message.  I am sure he is working on it hard though because it has reduced quite a lot. It did manage to happen during the launch of the Labour manifesto and his tongue also managed to pop out a few times which makes which left the viewer raising their eyebrows. He is trying hard but it is one of those things when you hope he’ll have a day when everything goes right and it doesn’t.  Winning an election does not have to be pretty

I must admit I looked at the Foreword written by Ed Miliband of the Labour Manifesto. The first paragraph is not promising unless he is trying to prove he is uneducated.  “We are a great country. With great people. In the last five years I have heard your stories, your hopes and your dreams. And I have heard too your frustrations.”

I suppose this is his speech notes and a full stop is a breath rather than a comma. No, he uses a comma as well, who knows what for though. I find it difficult to understand the sentence – “With great people.” It makes no sense at all by itself.

After today I have noticed a very clever political ploy – Get an actor to say your words and guarantee something you can’t deliver. Then say you have better values than your opposition! 😉  Martin Freeman in Labour Ad  My thoughts are what happens if you cannot deliver your guarantee? It’s quite simple – you put back your goalposts so that you are never wrong. Even better, never give a date by when you are going to do something – just say you want to do something when you are in power. The “unthinking” masses will then go for the leader that want to change things for the better.

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David Axelrod is working hard!

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How to break 100 and rapidly reduce your golf scores

Taylormade White Smoke Putter
Taylormade White Smoke Putter – http://www.golferslittlehelper.com

You don’t have to knock the dimples off the ball on every tee shot in order to lower your score. As a beginner the putting green is the perfect place to rapidly lower your score. So many shots are added to a beginner golfers scorecard due to missed putts which in all honesty are almost criminal acts preventing them from lowering their scores.

Make a note of how many putts you make in a round of golf. Are you 3 putting? How many times? If you add up all your three putts e.g. In a round you may 3 putt on 5 holes. If you scored 104 for the round you can see that if you had two putted on those holes that you would have broken 100. The easiest way to practice is to putt balls a certain distance consistently.

I like to putt the distance of my golf umbrella. That distance can be a tester but if you keep putting that distance either at home every night on the carpet or even the practice green at your local golf club. Putting is a skill like being a guitarist. How good do you want to be? The more effort you put in the more you will be rewarded.

I’ve launched a golf website – www.golferslittlehelper.com

I have been busy over the last week or so putting together a golf website for golf beginners.  Being such a lover of the game I find it quite rewarding helping out the golf newbies.

I suppose offering some help to the weekend hackers or weekday skivers will be good for any golfer looking for a few quick tips to shave off a few strokes during their golf round.   I must admit sorting out the social media and backdoor analytics of a new website is as addictive as Candy Crush and getting to the next level.

My favourite page so far is http://golferslittlehelper.com/Golf_Clubs.html but maybe you would prefer the golf jokes –http://golferslittlehelper.com/Golfhumour.html

All my golf buddies please do me a favour and have a quick look and send me some feedback. Any feedback (good or bad) will be much appreciated. The site is changing daily so send me your favourite golf joke or the best golf tip you ever heard as I am on the prowl for content.  My golfing email is – jonno@golferslittlehelper.com

PR Week is a ripoff!

I must admit looking at my copy of PR Week this morning I was surprised how little information was in it.  24 pages and numerous full page ads – Looking at the feature articles there is so much white space that it does make me wonder if the magazine is about to fold forever.  I think it should be a collectors item with something new each week for students to learn.  Maybe the editor is on leave but it clearly looks like a publication which its staff don’t care about – I recommend they get inspired quickly – I think the publishers rely too much on CIPR membership for their subscriptions. I think it is quite distgusting that the magazine is being treated like an afterthought.  I suppose the magazine is dead long live the online version. I’m just passionate about my profession and annoyed by pofiteers who are not genuine.

PRWeek  £3.80 for 24 pages  http://www.prweek.com/uk/

Marketing Week £2.95 —  hmm  seems to be a better read from a team who care http://www.marketingweek.co.uk/

Do you know who sings that song on the Assassins 3 TV ad?

 

If you are wondering what the song is on the latest Assassins Creed UK TV Ad it is Radioactive by the Imagine Dragons.

Assassins Creed 3 TV ad

Here’s the band singing it on the Jimmy Kimmel Show

Imagine Dragons on Jimmy Kimmel

I am sure this song sounds familiar doesn’t it!  Well it was also in the ads for Chicago Fire.