Another big item for this month (in my world) is that I’ve had some success in my job-hunting. The contract market has been torrid, so I switched to searching for permanent work last month. My search activities have culminated in several interviews during the month, three of them in the last week. Today I received an offer of a Fixed Term employment, which I accepted. I am still getting my head around it, suffice to say that it will mark another life-style change and takes a load of pressure off. I am very relieved right now. Time to take stock, re-align and re-prioritise. The new chapter is fast being re-written, it will be a more radical departure from the previous chapter. I need to revisit my plans and business strategy.
Construction work began on the new West Coast ‘high speed’ rail network (HS2) at the beginning of the month (on 4th September). I still think they should have called it something else. It’s not really about the speed the train travels at , is it? Surely the real benefit to the economy is the volume of people that it can transport? While on the subject, during my recent job-hunt I have developed a much deeper understanding of the whole concept of ‘transport as a service’ and made a conscious decision to get more into this in the future. There may be some options to explore in my new role (hopefully).
Brexit negotiations have become even more intense as an arbitrary deadline to conclude the Trade Deal negotiations approached at the end of the month. The UK Government upped the stakes with the new UK Internal Market Bill by legislating to ensure that the UK’s internal trade and logistics will continue to operate as-is, unhindered by any no-deal scenario. However the legislation breaks the withdrawal deal (agreed by Boris Johnson just over a year ago). It means that the UK will be breaking International Law and it may also threaten the Northern Irish peace deal. This brinksmanship could cost the UK it’s international reputation as one of the modern World’s most respected guardians of international law and justice and risks adversely affecting strategic UK relationships around the globe which rely on a high level of trust between businesses and governments.
The US Election process is now well underway and it’s starting to look messy. Following the death of Ruth Bader Gindsburg, a Supreme Court Judge , the highest court of the land (in the US) is now tipping to the right. Gindsburg was a highly respected and prominent liberal voice in the group nine Justices that preside in the Court, so Trump is rushing to get his conservative nomination place ahead of the Election. I wonder what he is up to next?