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On Brexit, Trump, trust and whither politics

Posted on 29 April 2017 | 7:04am

Here is the text of the speech I gave this week to the DJOEF conference in Copenhagen, on Brexit, Trump, trust, winning and whither politics I am very flattered that you have asked me to talk about the two themes – trust and winning. On trust I am the man who if you believe some […]

How a Brexit breakfast vote and a Brixton Prison trip restored my sense of hope

Posted on 2 March 2017 | 5:03pm

As we slide one more week closer to the calamity that Brexit will bring, two memorable meetings stand out for me from the past few days. The first, of which more later, was on Monday evening inside Brixton Prison (cue ‘shame they let you out’ tweets from the usual saddoes). The second, on Thursday morning, […]

What I would have said on Newsnight if the Mail hadn’t bottled out of defending itself over Wikpedia ban

Posted on 10 February 2017 | 11:02am

May I start with an apology to the hosts of a dinner I was speaking at last night, which I left slightly ahead of schedule, in order to get to TV Centre for an interview on Newsnight. Apologies especially to those fellow Daily Mail haters (aka all civilised members of society) who said they were […]

If you can’t swear properly in the fucking Guardian about mental health, where the fuck can you?

Posted on 18 January 2017 | 11:01am

So, first of all, many thanks to The Guardian, who have once more allowed me a platform to argue the basic case that we are light year away from parity between mental and physical health. Here is the piece they have just posted, to coincide with the launch of the MQ charity’s #WeSwear campaign designed […]

Brexit increasingly means shambles, and one which prevents NHS shambles being sorted too

Posted on 8 January 2017 | 9:01am

It seems that tomorrow Theresa May intends to say once more that mental health is a priority of hers. She said the same on the day she became Prime Minister. So I wish she could have been at the Royal College of Psychiatrists on Friday for a celebration of the work of psychiatrist Peter Tyrer. She […]

What Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism say about politics and media now and in the future

Posted on 8 December 2016 | 9:12am

Yesterday I made a speech to a conference organised by Fremantle Media, the independent production company that has given us such delights – depending on your taste – as Pop Idol, The Price is Right, and The Bill. They wanted me to talk about Trump, Brexit, the rise of populism, and what it all said […]

An essay on the poison to our national life that is Paul Dacre’s Daily Mail

Posted on 7 November 2016 | 11:11am

Some of you may know I do a monthly interview for GQ magazine. This month’s, out this week,  features Nicola Adams. But last month the editor asked me to take a different tack and use my usual space to explain why I so loathe the Daily Mail. Nice commission to have. When the magazine put […]

Another day, another important mental health campaign – #StopTheCharge and end a scandal

Posted on 11 October 2016 | 11:10am

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and I spoke about stigma – again – at the Leeds Community Foundation where the signs of change coming were all around. The city council’s brilliant CEO Tom Riordan speaking not only about his life growing up partly in foster care, with an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother often going […]

What’s not to like? A free copy of my new diaries for every new subscriber to the New European…

Posted on 29 September 2016 | 3:09pm

I have a new book out next week and have found a new way of getting extra copies out there (good for me, good for the publisher) in a way that helps a good media/political cause (good for the world no less!) It won’t be a surprise that I am still lamenting the result of […]

Corbyn has won, the fundamentals are unchanged, non-Corbyn PLP must fill policy vacuum

Posted on 24 September 2016 | 6:09am

Ok first things first. WHOOSH BREAKING NEWS … Jeremy Corbyn has won and probably by a considerable margin. In the hope some of the broadcasters read this – thanks for your interest in my views but today is not a day to pee on the JC parade. So thanks for the bids, but no I […]