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Lewis Hamilton and the dying need to achieve

Lewis Hamilton celebrates after China GP win, April 2015 (Image: In general conversations, how often do you talk about your achievements? It is crucial to discuss these on a professional level when talking about your path to where you're at today in order to impress your future clients. However, 'achievement' is defined differently, depending on how that individual classes it. Would you say that grabbing a bargain on a new shirt from the sales is an achievement? Would you say your child's success in school is also your achievement? Regardless how you answer these, there is never a limit to your success. A 'little' achievement is still a significant one - you did something that you felt the need to pat yourself on the back for, and self-praise must be celebrated. But what happens when people confuse achievement with arrogance? When you have done something significant that has been recognised by a wider audience, it is your reaction which

Boris has more to prove than Corbyn

Boris Johnson with Jeremy Corbyn (Image: Earlier this week saw the end of Party Conference Season and therefore kicked-off an interesting autumn of British politics. The past two weeks in particular saw a time of reflection. The smaller parties gloated about the noise they created during the previous general election campaign. Certainly they heated debates and caused a stir in how people looked at politics, but their causes are getting recognised. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats, that became a 'small party' overnight, showcased themselves as the 'defiant one'. Labour presented themselves as the 'rebuilding party', quickly forgetting last May ever happened. Ed who? However it was the Conservative conference that caught a lot of people's eyes. While the party's intention was to highlight this was the first Tory conference as a Tory-led government since 1996, the press decided to turn people's attention to 2020. Before the general e

Putting morals into politics - Corbyn's Mission Impossible

Jeremy Corbyn outside 10 Downing Street (Image: Islington Tribune) I like this quote from Canadian novelist, John Ralston Saul as quoted in his philosophical essay named 'The Unconscious Civilization': "Whenever government adopt a moral tone - as opposed to an ethical one - you know something is wrong." You can argue that this is a transition Britain may be heading towards. I'm thinking more of a potential Jeremy Corbyn Labour government from 2020. The thought of Jeremy Corbyn entering 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister has both delighted and horrified people in equal measure. He's only been leader for three weeks and already we've been given so many mixed messages about a man who has been an MP for 32 years and has largely spent this time out of the limelight. He has plunged into the spotlight and despite being reluctant to expose himself personally to the media hounds, he must now surely be aware of the task he has ahead of him. Corbyn cannot