Am being constantly encouraged to stand back and take it easy, as am still not 100 per cent well, but simply cannot bear to do that anymore. The business needs me. Spent large chunk of yesterday standing back from situation and really analysing problems. Part of the issue is under-staffing, which I’ve been tackling – via recruitment – for some weeks now (may have mentioned the incredible drought of anything approaching a half-decent applicant). The other issue is that training has not been prioritised, so new hires have not progressed. And then there’s the four or five staff who are either incompetent, lazy, troublesome or all three, and should have been identified and dealt with ages ago. To say we’re still mopping up their mess is putting it mildly. Know I should be paying more attention to the election but feel horribly apathetic towards the entire affair. Labour has had its chance to prove its worth and failed dismally. Clegg has failed to capitalise on his early gains and somehow feels, yet again, like a pointless third-party leader. Feel I should put in an appearance at the polls (for the sake of the business, if no other) and put a cross in the blue box – but not sure I can bring myself to vote for the unctuous Etonian, who remains the smug epitome of everything I dislike about the British upper-middle class.
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