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Speech – Why I find it impossible to ‘get behind’ Brexit, and why MPs and business need to fight harder against it

Posted on 21 September 2017 | 2:09pm

Text of speech to CBI dinner, Ely Cathedral, this evening So you’re thinking why is he wearing a kilt? You’re thinking … he’s not going to get his bloody bagpipes out is he? There are two reasons I am in a kilt. One is that in common with Gordon Brown, I hate black tie. And […]

On the new diaries, Piers, Owen Jones, TBGB, Theresa/Boris, Dave/George

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 8:09am

Another year, another volume of diaries, this one covering the time from Tony Blair’s third election win to his departure from office two years later. A majority of 66 – what would Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn give for one of those? – insufficient to stave off the forces that wanted him out. Talking to […]

Interviews with Mayweather (2014) and McGregor (2015)

Posted on 27 August 2017 | 7:08am

Well, as hype went, it went well. Look at pretty much any major news site around the world and the Mayweather-McGregor fight is trending, and both men are standing by for a massive flow of cash into their coffers. The fight ended as most expected it to, with the ‘real boxer’ winning, but with the […]

A tribute to (and long interview with) the Living Legend that is Usain Bolt

Posted on 6 August 2017 | 9:08am

Well, that was a day of unwanted outcomes on the sporting front … Burnley’s ‘friendly’ against Hanover abandoned because of German thuggery … and somewhat more significantly, Usain Bolt failing to deliver the fairytale ending to his individual track career that most members of the human race were hoping for. As I said here yesterday, […]

A tribute to (and long interview with) the great Mo Farah

Posted on 5 August 2017 | 8:08am

Sometimes, as I moan and groan about backache, Brexit, or Burnley selling Michael Keane, I perhaps overlook just how blessed I am. To quote the fantastic Hebridean band Skipinnish ‘feel the wonder of the world, you are alive.‘ I had one of those feeling blessed moments last night in the build up to, and then […]

If you haven’t booked a holiday yet, you should try Albania. Promise

Posted on 30 July 2017 | 1:07pm

I would normally wait a few days before posting a New European column, but an editing malfunction means those who have got the print version – which despite this malfunction I strongly recommend because of all the other good things in the paper – the last few lines of my piece have vanished from view! So here is the whole thing […]

As the national mood shifts,a reminder that the £350m for the NHS was just one of many Brexit lies past present future

Posted on 14 July 2017 | 9:07am

I am well aware I live in LME land – indeed perhaps the NW3 postcode could hardly be more Liberal Metropolitan Elite if it tried. I am also aware that I wear my anti-Brexit views loudly, so most of the people I bump into round here, in so far as they have a view about […]

One year on from the referendum, it is becoming clearer Brexit needs to be stopped to prevent damage to Britain

Posted on 23 June 2017 | 9:06am

Last night I was at The Guildhall to do the after dinner turn at the Franco-British Young Leaders’ gathering, which brings together rising stars in politics, business, the military, media and academia. It is a joint initiative of the UK ambassador to Paris, David Cameron’s former chief of staff of Ed Llewellyn, and the French […]

Not going to say ‘told you so,’ Mrs May – oh, I just did!

Posted on 3 June 2017 | 4:06pm

It seemed like such a good idea at the time, didn’t it, to call an election with the anti-Brexit backlash seemingly weakening, Labour languishing in the polls, Theresa May’s ratings high, and the right wing media portraying her as some kind of cross between Thatcher, the Queen and Boudicca. It does not seem like such […]

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 […]