When I first started writing this blog it was intended to be no more than an opportunity for me to sound off. We all like to do that, and probably it is healthy. The blog rather got hijacked by the Brexit debate, as did most of the real news media. So much so that I wrote countless articles which I decided not to publish; the rapid fire of non-events being reported rendered impossible the task of making any relevant comment.

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Yet there is a place for a professional with more than 35 years of advising the small and medium sized business sectors and a centrist leaning to put forward personal opinions on event in the public eye. That does not mean that these opinions carry more weight than anyone else’s, but only that there is an absence of views put about by professionals.

Professionals are expected to be independent and not to let their own political interests cloud their professional judgements. So we are reluctant to express our own views.

There are notable exceptions who blog and tweet from a position of knowledge far greater than my own. They stand like glorious edifices obscured by taller and wider piles of garbage which even intelligent folk take as evidence to support their own views. Yet these are usually professionals who seek a political career or are driven by a political position. So I expect that this blog can hide itself quite effectively among the garbage.

In an age where even I might publish my thoughts, we would think that individualism is the ruling force.  How ironic is it then, that our world is being taken over by compliance, central control, health and safety and social acceptability. Humour has been confined to the politically correct, and satire is only acceptable if it comes with a warning that it is satire.  The statues of people once revered, but also found wanting in certain ways, are pulled down in our new Utopia, where even God Himself will soon go on trial for ruthlessly drowning oppressive armies in the Red Sea.  Perhaps Utopia is not quite as much fun as Sir Thomas More would have had us believe.

“Now everything’s a little upside down, as a matter of fact, the wheels have stopped
What’s good is bad, what’s bad is good, you’ll find out when you reach the top
You’re on the bottom”,

Bob Dylan, Idiot Wind (1974).

This blog is about personal observation and comment. Just like everyone else, I want to know what it is all about. This blog is an exploration, because I accept that I do not have all of the answers, or maybe any of them, though it is biased towards the areas in which I or my colleagues might hold some expertise.  It attempts to put an alternative perspective on matters of current interest, in short writings.  I hope to avoid causing offence, but if someone tries hard enough, they will always be able to take offence where none is intended – and if that’s happens, I apologise.

I need to stress one thing. I am proud to be a Principal in Hillier Hopkins, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). However, the views that I express in this blog are entirely personal, and do not reflect or represent in any way the views of Hillier Hopkins or of its Principals or Staff, nor of the ICAEW nor of its Members. I am also obliged to state that no person reading this blog or being told of its contents should place any reliance on its content, nor make any decision based on what I write in this blog without seeking suitable professional advice. Nothing in this blog is intended to be advice, financial advice, tax advice or in any other way suitable material to be relied on for any purpose whatsoever, except perhaps for amusement. And the fact that I have to say these things, rather says it all, doesn’t it?

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