With the Federal Budget set to be handed down next week, I suspect a lot of political skin will be riding on how it is received. All indications thus far suggest it will be designed to support the economy and protect jobs in a rather fragile environment.
Whilst there is always the usual sanctioned ‘leaks’ and media speculation, it is a fair guess that the country will run a large deficit next year – and for some years after that.
Last week, I met with a group of self-made business men and women.
They were all financially successful yet seemed to have the balance right in respect to other aspects of their lives too. They had families, seemed to take their parenting responsibilities seriously, tried to keep fit and also pursued numerous philanthropic endeavours.
Firstly, may I thank so many readers for their efforts in promoting the Conservative Leadership Foundation's writing competition. Your support will be invaluable to making this year's competition the biggest and best yet.
The competition (and all the activities of the CLF) is my way of investing in the next generation, something that many of you also do in so many ways.