Our election system is a mess

The economic difficulties we’re facing at the moment are not going to be fixed by a magic spell or the wave of a wand. The next best thing the coalition can do for business is provide as much consistency as possible in terms of governance and a regulatory framework. No big changes. No messing. Just leave entrepreneurs to it.

Halfords, rail strikes and ridiculous quangos

In my last column for Real Business, I had some choice words for the management of Halfords and their ridiculous parking contractors. Since then, they have decided that I do not, after all, have to pay a parking fine. All very well, but there should never have been any debate in the first place: I went into their store and left within the time allowed – and still got a ticket.