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Published: Sep 10 , 2020
Author: Robin Copland

It’s a strange thing but there is a sense that the effects of the global pandemic currently ravaging the globe have been an almost welcome distraction from the other big current news event in the UK – Brexit. Quite rightly, the media’s attention has been focused on the UK’s response to...

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Published: Aug 20 , 2020
Author: Robin Copland

Here’s a question for you: what do John Swinney, Peter Weir, Kirsty Williams and Gavin Williamson all have in common? I’m going to give you a clue – they are all a bit closer to their respective exit doors than they were this time last week.

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Published: Oct 31 , 2019
Author: Robin Copland

Negotiations are often formulaic. Management, for example, go into a negotiation fully expecting the union to make the first proposal. This approach has been accepted as the norm for so many years that somehow, it is seen as “not the done thing” to do anything different. If management is keen to...

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Over the years I have spent quite a lot of time in Bradford. My wife, at that time my girlfriend, went to Margaret McMillan College of Education in the town, we were regular visitors to the Alhambra Theatre, and later on I taught numerous managers working for Grattan’s, the mail order catalogue company. It is a fine town, populated by great characters. In 1981 Bradford made headlines when it declared itself to be a nuclear-free zone. No one quite understood what that meant in practice, but the literal interpretation was that if...

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