Steve F R2 C2

Big Brother knows best (...allegedly)

I thought I better get this month’s Informing You out before the GDPR deadline in case my readership falls dramatically. If you are like me you will probably be choosing to receive only a small minority of emails...

Looking to the future

I have recently returned from California. On my way to the airport I drove through Silicon Valley and it struck me that the names on the gleaming offices and campuses were in the main companies that did not...

Roll on 2019!

At my age generally time flies but in the case of Britain leaving the EU it seems to be taking forever. Today marks the start of the last year of our membership of the EU and finally the...

Time to calm down….

I am writing this as I await the wrath of the “Beast from the East,” which sounds more like a description of a wrestler we would have watched on World of Sport in the 70’s whilst waiting for...

Economics Trumps Emotions

I have just come back from a few days in New York. Whilst there I spent an hour or two perusing some of their many bookstores and if I did not know better I would think that a...

Taxing Times in Scotland

Normally our office has its Christmas lunch on the second last Thursday before Christmas. For some reason this was changed to the 21st this year which meant I was able to watch the speech by the Scottish Finance...

What a relief (I think?)…

It was a strange feeling I had after listening to the Budget, a combination of disappointment and relief. Disappointed, as having to write Informing You there really wasn’t much to get my teeth into, but also relief as...

We Are All Biased

As some of you may know I am a lifelong fan of Aberdeen Football Club. This meant from the age of 16 to 21 I experienced a period of success that is unlikely to be equalled in my...

Don’t Believe The Hype….

The good thing about the German election was it took the war of words between the two demagogues out of the headlines for a bit and distracted us from guessing which of them will throw their missiles out...

Taxing Times Ahead?

Although it is only five months since we had the last ever March Budget it feels like an eternity. In that time we have had an election with the resulting hung parliament, North Korea sabre rattling, President Trump...