In this sense, within the space of my career, marketing has gone from nothing to everything. That's some journey.
A Department for Infrastructure should be created. This super ministry would provide more than leadership for spending departments. It could consolidate infrastructure resources and talent spread thinly through the rest of Whitehall.
Critics of 'big government' talk as if it's beyond question that the state's involvement with our lives is a bad thing.
Last week's International Energy Agency report sends the message loud and clear: we are simply not doing enough to move away from burning fossil fuels.
There's nothing in economic theory that says you pause a third of the way through a deficit reduction programme which has gone way off track; nor does the fiscal framework, now effectively defunct with the abandonment of the debt target, dictate this approach.
With escalating energy prices remaining a top financial problem for households we hoped the government and Ofgem would sort this mess out by forcing all energy companies to present their prices in a clear, simple way and to make it much easier to switch.
I guess the major market event this week has been gold's 'flash crash,' which started last Friday and continued on Monday, taking the metal down by $200 over these two days. So, why did this happen and what to do now?
When business succeeds, everyone in the country feels the benefit: more jobs, more trade and a more buoyant and prosperous economy. Yesterday over 500 business leaders said that they wanted a better deal from the EU. There are many thousands more who agree.
In order to ensure that no one - absolutely no one - is left out, we plan to make it possible for people in the future to work into their 70s and beyond. This doesn't mean that we plan to make old people 'work 'till they drop.' We merely plan to provide the elderly with the same opportunities that we've given to the disabled and enable them to realise their full human potential.
In 20 years of dedicated thrifting, I can say with complete confidence that I have never knowingly passed a charity shop without going in. I often miss trains and am late for lunch dates because I've happened upon a British Heart Foundation. I just can't help myself. I am obsessed.