Insurance Times’ Lobby series concluded with my look at what new legislation the European Commission was planning to throw at insurers. The answer, I found, is an awful lot, on everything from financial regulation to anti-discrimination. UK politicians may talk a good game but they have little to do the rules that really govern the way businesses work – and how much we pay in premiums. And our leaders will have even less influence if they’re hanging out with far-right fringe groups, rather than people like Merkel and Sarkozy.
I did a couple of days on Construction Manager in the run-up to press day, writing news stories and the funnies page. Highlights inlcuded asking the industry whether collaborating with China was really an option, getting to grips with new sustainability clauses in JCT contracts, and asking what kind of fry-up consists of only eggs, bacon, toast and ketchup?
There’s an insurance angle to everything… even the end of the world. In November, I was lucky enough to wangle a press trip to Geneva to visit the Large Hadron Collider or, if you prefer, the “doomsday machine”. So if it does cause a black hole that sucks in the planet, what kind of insurance cover do they have for that?
Building magazine published its second annual Good Employers Guide to construction firms in October, as companies flee to emerging markets in droves. I wrote the lead article, on being a decent employer when your staff are spread all over the world.