The QT

Saturday 15 June 2024
15/06/2024

Civilised society

Business leaders should pump up the volume

This election is crying out for someone to talk about how we can change things in this country, rather than just talking about what needs changing. Whether it is Tory pledges to tackle ‘sick-note culture’ or cut taxes to ease the cost-of-living crisis, or Labour’s promises around childcare places or a publicly owned green-energy company, …

Meaningful change is more than a hashtag

Every time another awareness week hits the headlines, it’s easy for us all to jump on social media and share the hashtags in the hope of enjoying increased online engagement and positive brand association. Without genuine effort or meaningful change to support these posts, they risk coming across as insincere and may fail to build …

A terrible reckoning is coming…

So…three weeks down, three still to go. If this is a ‘snap’ general election — an overused phrase if ever there was one — I’d like to see what a normal-length one looks like! Rishi Sunak’s rain-drenched announcement outside Number 10 already feels like a long time ago, even if it did rather set the …

The worst form of government

There are two good things to be said about the current uninspiring lightweight bout between Mr Sunak and that parfit gentil knight Sir Keir Starmer.  First, it is a marked improvement on the suicidally depressing choice between the forgetful geriatric Democrat and the felonious narcissist Republican across the Atlantic.  And secondly — but even more …

Overlooking Newcastle from Gateshead

We are the backbone of the UK economy

Newcastle has always been a city of innovation and progress.  At the height of the industrial age, the River Tyne was the ‘workshop of the world’ — producing trains, ships and engines that powered industries the world over and have had a lasting and profound impact. It has always been a city of trade and commerce — an outward and …

Investing in more than just homes

Housing associations deliver social value in so many ways, and whilst at our heart we are social landlords we are often so much more. One example of this is the Bernicia Foundation that has just awarded our one millionth pound of funding to support local good causes. It’s an achievement that I’m extremely proud of. …

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