Monthly Archives: March 2012

Scruton on Being Green

Mar 14, 2012

Fascinating lecture by well-known conservative philosopher Roger Scruton at Policy Exchange yesterday lunchtime. His new book, “Green Philosophy”, argues that for too long the cause of environmentalism has been hijacked by the leftist, “top-down planning” agenda. For him there is no necessary link between environmentalism and left-wing thinking. Indeed, he argued that top-down planning has

Statistically speaking

Mar 14, 2012

In 1851 half of the population of England and Wales died by 45. In 2001 half of the population of England and Wales died by 85. In the UK there are currently just over 10,000 centenarians. In 2050 there will be 500,000. Half of the UK’s young women who were born towards the end of

David Hockney’s landscapes

Mar 14, 2012

Yesterday some of the Chartwell team visited ‘The Bigger Picture’ – David Hockney’s exhibition of landscapes at the Royal Academy. The accent is on the rush of spring, marked by bright greens and the creamy and transient hawthorn blossom which Hockney rushes to capture in a whirr of activity he calls Action Week. It is

The future of Britain

Mar 12, 2012

I was in Edinburgh last week, meeting clients and speakers. I was lucky to spend four years living in the city as a student and haven’t been back for a long time. The city’s business community is increasingly distracted by the looming referendum on Scottish independence, a cause none of the business people I met

Leaders: Who are they?

Mar 9, 2012

It was great to see Gavin Esler earlier this week, not in the Newsnight studio but at our offices, chatting about his new book on leadership. For someone who’s interviewed many of the world’s most powerful individuals, he certainly knows his subject! As part of his research he has spoken to everyone from Margaret Thatcher


Mar 7, 2012

Great to see England cricketer turned writer and journalist Ed Smith in the office yesterday. Ed has just published his new book, Luck, which explores the role that luck actually plays in life, and how we can accommodate it, and understand it.  “Only those with scars on their body should be taken seriously when they

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