Society

May 20, 2018

What a wonderful day to be British! 🇬🇧

It was a real privilege to be back in England to experience the euphoria, warmth and spectacle of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle… In world riven with so much conflict, hatred and sorrow, it was wonderful to take a moment to share in the happiness of a beautiful couple so obviously in love, a nation so clearly delighted for them and to reflect on how special it is to be British. It was a reminder that love conquers all and that family is the most important thing in life. Watching the genuine affection between Harry and […]
March 17, 2018

The immigration of Marcus East, CTO of National Geographic…

July 2, 2016

Brexit: The Human Cost

It has been a tumultuous week in British and global politics, and whilst I have adopted a pragmatic approach to the result of the Brexit referendum — embracing the vote to Leave, even though I voted to Remain — on reflection, I may have focused too much on the strong economic arguments that countries like the UK, Norway and Switzerland are better off outside the EU, and not enough on the human impact. Today I went to my local dry cleaners, and spoke to the husband and wife team who have built an incredibly successful business in the heart of […]
June 24, 2016

Brexit: an historic day that will change the world

Brexit: a historic day that will change the world Whilst I voted to Remain in the EU, I woke today to hear the news about the British people’s decision to leave to European Union and was immediately filled with excitement and pride. In reality, no one can predict the likely outcome of the two-year process that we will now enter into to leave the European Union. My arguments to remain were economic, but my heart told me that we should be leaving. Having exercised my democratic rights, and having seen my fellow Brits exercise theirs, today there is a sense […]
June 24, 2016

If you didn’t vote in Brexit, your opinion is not valid.

  This is a little message for those who were entitled to vote yesterday in the UK EU Referendum, but didn’t – I don’t care what you think about the result; your opinion on the matter is not valid to me. People fought and died to give us all the vote, and yet still some of you were too lazy to go out and cast your vote yesterday, but now have the gall to complain about the outcome. If you couldn’t be bothered to vote – to exercise a right afforded to you by the blood, sweat and tears of […]
May 20, 2018

What a wonderful day to be British! 🇬🇧

It was a real privilege to be back in England to experience the euphoria, warmth and spectacle of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle… In world riven with so much conflict, hatred and sorrow, it was wonderful to take a moment to share in the happiness of a beautiful couple so obviously in love, a nation so clearly delighted for them and to reflect on how special it is to be British. It was a reminder that love conquers all and that family is the most important thing in life. Watching the genuine affection between Harry and […]
July 2, 2016

Brexit: The Human Cost

It has been a tumultuous week in British and global politics, and whilst I have adopted a pragmatic approach to the result of the Brexit referendum — embracing the vote to Leave, even though I voted to Remain — on reflection, I may have focused too much on the strong economic arguments that countries like the UK, Norway and Switzerland are better off outside the EU, and not enough on the human impact. Today I went to my local dry cleaners, and spoke to the husband and wife team who have built an incredibly successful business in the heart of […]
April 28, 2011

So excited by the Royal Wedding!

APRIL 28, 2011 Prince William and Kate Middleton are a beautiful couple, and obviously very much in love. Kate has a certain air of strength about her that I think will stand her in good stead for the amazing media attention to which she and Prince William will be subjected once they are married. There is a lot of excitement here, but our American cousins seem even more excited, and I’ve been fascinated by CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric’s coverage which reflects some Americans’ near obsession with everything royal. I have always rated Prince William highly, and I’m impressed by Kate’s […]
April 15, 2011

Labour’s plan to close libraries in Enfield is dangerous and disgraceful

APRIL 15, 2011 As I predicted, the Labour administration in Enfield has chosen to close three libraries, targeting some of the poorest parts of the borough. Libraries are an absolutely essential service, but we knew that there were likely to be problems when Cllr Stafford, (Cabinet Member for Finance) announced at an Area Forum that he believed that there were too many libraries in Enfield. Many families, especially those on lower incomes, rely on the services in libraries to provide essential access to books and to the Internet for their children to help them with their studies and general education. […]
March 20, 2011

The funniest Comic Relief sketch ever: Smithy Saves Red Nose Day 2011!

MARCH 20, 2011 No matter how many times I watch this, it doesn’t get any less funny – this is absolute comedy genius and definitely the best Comic Relief sketch ever! It will make you cry with laughter! Enjoy.
March 19, 2011

Red Nose Day 2011 was amazing!

MARCH 19, 2011 Working on Red Nose Day 2011 has been one of the highlights of my professional career; to be part of something so big, so wonderful and so much fun was an incredible experience. Leading such a talented, diverse and dynamic team in for such an important project has been a real privilege and to see all of the hard work, sweat and tears come together so beautifully in support of the UK’s biggest night of TV and biggest fundraising event has been a joy to behold. RND11 has been incredibly special, and the memories will stay with […]
March 18, 2011

Shaving my head for Red Nose Day!

MARCH 18, 2011 Red Nose Day 2011 was an amazing experience for all sorts of reasons – not least because I felt so privilege to be part of something so amazing – and contributing to the best Red Nose Day ever. As well as working with my team to make sure that all of the technology ran smoothly, I also raised £1500 by offering to shave my head – I was amazed to see that so many people were interested in seeing me bald, and the money just kept rolling in. Many thanks to those who sponsored me; here is […]
December 29, 2010

What does 2011 have in store?

DECEMBER 29, 2010 2010 seems to have gone incredibly quickly, and a lot happened – I got elected, made it through my first Comic Relief campaign and moved-up to Enfield to name just a few highlights! However, I have a feeling that 2011 is going to be even more hectic and much, much busier; roll on the New Year!
October 9, 2010

My letter to the Enfield Independent seems to have upset Labour

OCTOBER 9, 2010 Despite the obvious and overwhelming public opposition to the Tube strikes currently blighting London, Enfield’s Labour Council refuse to acknowledge the negative impact that they are having on our residents. Instead of reconsidering their position, they have chosen, through Councillor Ozzie Uzoanya, to return to the tribal politics of old and try to position the dispute as class war. He is missing the point; my concern is not with politics, but with the people of Enfield. They deserve better than a Labour administration that puts the needs of its union comrades before theirs.