View from the Margin

Politics from a 'Marginal' Perspective


Always a useful reminder to put our own Euro elections into a wider European perspective – timely article that all points to the failure of capitalism to address the needs and concerns of the millions of people who prop it up for the rich to soak in the glory of such a ‘successful’ system and economy.

The new ‘precariat’ the article quotes… Those who just get by again. A series of zero hour contracts. Short term work and part time hours. Whilst nowhere near the same level I know that running a small business without the certainty if a pay-check from year to year is difficult enough to make long term plans but not knowing from week to week or month to month makes planning a future impossible.

Rise of the Others – Political News | Irish & International Politics | The Irish Times – Sat, May 31, 2014

31 May 2014

30 May 2014


Shaping the future of sport in Ireland conference – hope it’s the first of many trips to Dublin.. Got a few additional invites yesterday!

27 May 2014


If course politicians doing photo calls with sport never goes wrong.. I admit I have few howlers of my own too!


Doing some quick prep for a couple of keynote addresses over the coming couple of weeks – Dublin, London & Glasgow and keep coming back to some things I have learned from Charlie and RDC about doing things differently and seriously making sure when we say ‘role model’ we don’t always mean celebrity!

Run Dem Crew Charlie Dark / 1948 Nike / Collective of creative heads with a passion for running

26 May 2014

So much to take in for a Bank Holiday Monday – local election results, a marginal poll by Lord Ashcroft and now the European results (least helpful actually). What it means for my clients? I will be letting them know this week but there are one or two commentators I rate who I agree with..

24 May 2014

Even more evidence that the real UKIP story was so 2013… They’ve gone backwards on PNS but you wouldn’t know it. Add in the Ashcroft data about their future intentions and half already planning to vote for a main party at GE.

My whine about the coverage is for accuracy and for people like the BBC and national media to use its own data properly. Some of us have to understand the political landscape and it’s implications for policy for a living and we do take all intelligence we can find and make a much more measured estimate. Although I should be happy when my predictions about what will happen in 2015 are far more accurate than the national pundits!

23 May 2014

Looking forward to speaking in Dublin next week at the Irish Federation of Sport conference on the economic, social etc impact of sport and recreation for Sport & Recreation Alliance.

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