Have you heard of Generation Z? Last weekend, I spent eight hours with them at Insomnia58, at Birmingham’s NEC. I was accompanying my teenage son and feeling out of my depth. Ever turned up to an event featuring celebrities you weren’t even aware of? It’s like finding a universe you didn’t even know existed.
I was in Wales last week and decided to take my teenage son shopping in Cardiff. He’s half Welsh, yet recent football events have prompted him to acknowledge his Welshness, which basically meant me buying him the Wales shirt. Of course, he wanted Bale 11 printed on the back, but incredibly, we were told they’d run out of the letter L and that there were no Ls left in the country.
If Mark Carney was a DJ, then last week he double-dropped a huge bass-line and the crowd on the dance floor – who thought the party was coming to an end – just went crazy.
Generally speaking, you know it’s serious when someone who is detested says something loud and proud to reduce them even further in your estimation. Think a train company that says customers need to be grateful that the service is now running on time after cancelling 30% or more of the services, and offers a reduced timetable! Or maybe a businessman that leaves pensioners in the lurch and demands people should not stare as it upsets him…
Imagine if freshly minted Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Jeremy Clarkson foreign secretary, creating a Top Gear takeover of post-Brexit Britain. Instead we have to make do with an equally left of field candidate: Boris Johnson.
2016 has already been a difficult year for investors and in particular would-be investors. Market volatility at the start of the year and investor apathy leading to a wait-and-see attitude in the run up to the Brexit vote, meant that new business numbers for H1 were nothing to write home about.
Years from now, the result of the EU referendum will be another one of those historical moments in which everyone remembers exactly where they were when it happened. I certainly won’t forget nor the hours that followed as I was in a hotel built into the cliffs on a Greek island.
In the last couple of months, I’ve travelled the country presenting my investment views on Brexit to hundreds of IFAs at seminars and conferences. While the thoughts and opinions of the audiences have varied significantly, one factor has united them all: the acknowledgement that the outcome of this referendum is incredibly important.
On Tuesday, a surge of half a million applications caused the government’s voter registration website to crash: 525,000 submissions on deadline day. This shows that we’re either a nation of complete procrastinators or the sheer political force of this referendum has prompted typically indifferent voters to actually take an interest in politics. Either way, it’s clear the Brexit debate has stirred up significant political intrigue across the country, which can’t be a bad thing.