The Maldives has been in the news a lot recently following a change of government there. As a frequent visiter to the country I have been following its progress since 2008 when the Maldives held their first democratic elections. In a comment piece for the Guardian newspaper I have looked at why the former President, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned and what his options are now going forward.
The current political situation on the Maldives divides opinion. In a recent article on Comment is free, Mark Seddon posed an important question when he asked why David Cameron has not spoken up for his “new great friend” in politics, the ousted president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed. He also provides the answer when he quotes Nasheed in one of his interviews as saying: “I could do what the old dictator, Gayoom, would have done, and put these people who are plotting to overthrow me under house arrest. But then that would completely defeat the object of the democratic revolution we have won.”
On 16 February Amazon are to publish a new version of Karl Doenitz’s autobiography ‘Ten Years and Twenty Days’. Its a great book covering his early life as a U-boat commander in World War One, his role developing the wolf pack tactics, the U-boat war in the Atlantic and his brief tenure as Hitler’s successor. I’m lucky enough to own an original copy of chapter 19 ‘My tasks as Commander-in-Chief 1943-45′ which he signed just months before his death in 1980. What the book unfortunately doesnt cover are the Ten Years and Twenty Days referred to in the sub title which he spent in Spandau prison for war crimes.
Today I co-ordinated the launch of a new Co-operative Bill with The Prime Ministers office on behalf of Co-operatives UK. Co-operatives UK is the trade association for co-operative enterprises and has warmly welcomed the announcement. In a speech at the Hub in Westminster the Prime Minister said that they are to refer the legislation governing co-operatives and mutuals to the Law Commission.The announcement means that the 17 separate pieces of legislation governing the sector, much of which dates back to 1965 and has been developed piecemeal, will now be consolidated into one Act. You can see the relevant section from the speech here.
Artefacts from the Titanic, the reign of George III and the Second World War will go on sale at a militaria and antique fair I have jointly organised at Stratford Armouries on Sunday 15 January. As a prelude to the sale we invited the media along today to see a cap belonging to Frederick Fleet, the lookout on the ill fated vessel. Fleet didnt have his pair of binoculars on watch with him and consequently failed to see the iceberg until it was too late. He survived the disaster but committed suicide in 1965, always haunted by the tragedy. 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking and we therefore anticipate a lot of interest in the cap which is valued at a cool £50,000. Unfortunately it doesn’t belong to me but Conrad Chin-See (pictured), the other organiser of the show. The story made the front page of the Stratford Herald and the Stratford Observer. Expect it also to be picked up by the national press.
How I can help your business
Subscribe to my blog
The power of words
How you communicate can make a real difference to your business. Watch this inspirational video to show the power of words.