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My film on the Mail – and why it is good for the soul to rip it up

Posted on 22 July 2016 | 12:07pm

The lesson of political history is keep fighting for what you believe in – including Britain in Europe

Posted on 17 July 2016 | 3:07pm

Thanks for all the positive feedback for the piece I did for the second issue of The New European, an extract of which I posted a few days ago, and the full version of which you can read below. The New European is a ‘pop-up paper’ which was launched into the UK national market with […]

Memo to PM May: not a second referendum, but a first referendum on a proper choice of options after real debate

Posted on 14 July 2016 | 9:07am

There have not been that many rays of light emerging from that dark day of national self-harm, June 23, but one has been the emergence of a new ‘pop-up newspaper’ aimed especially at the 48percent who voted Remain in our deeply divided country. The New European has been launched by Archant Media, and they have […]

On Brexit, Chilcot, Corbyn, Leadsom and May: the Mad Hatter-ology of modern politics

Posted on 10 July 2016 | 1:07pm

This was first published yesterday by International Business Times. Since June 23, when we ‘took back control’ (of what precisely remains very unclear) I have been in South America, and four European countries – all work no play apart from a bit of football – taking in the Chilcot Inquiry Report en route from Spain and […]

Many mistakes yes, but no lies, no deceit, no secret deals, no ‘sexing up’. And ultimately a matter of leadership and judgement

Posted on 6 July 2016 | 12:07pm

There was an awful lot to take in from Sir John Chilcot’s half hour statement, and there will be more to take in from the two million plus words he published when people get round to reading it, and the torrent of reaction. There were many criticisms, and I know Tony Blair will respond to them […]

A national catastrophe, and a vacuum in leadership. This is what Britain voted for

Posted on 28 June 2016 | 9:06am

So where to start with the national catastrophe, which has reduced us to an international joke, that has been unleashed? Let’s start with the thing people are crying out for right now – leadership. It is easy to understand why the Prime Minister has decided he has to go. But there is a reason for […]

3Ps+U = REMAIN. Peace, power, prosperity v Fear of the Unknown

Posted on 15 June 2016 | 3:06pm

Yesterday I spent a lively couple of hours debating the pros and cons of EU membership with former Chancellor Norman Lamont in the City. He was one of the first high profile political figures ever to suggest one day we might leave the EU (so long ago I can’t remember when.) At the time it […]

Time to listen to people who know what they are on about

Posted on 9 June 2016 | 6:06am

Given that Tony Blair ousted John Major from power in 1997, they are hardly ever likely to be best buddies. But for both Prime Ministers, Northern Ireland was a big priority, and the progress to peace there one of the best examples of what boldness and courage, political commitment and hard work, can do. So […]

Lots to learn from the way Sadiq Khan fought and beat the Tories

Posted on 8 May 2016 | 1:05pm

Given Sadiq Khan is in man-of-the-moment territory, I thought I would repost the transcript of the interview I did with him a few weeks back for GQ. What was clear to me then, and became clearer as the London Mayoral campaign went on, was that Sadiq had done a lot of strategic heavy-lifting – worked out the big […]

Foreigners may not have a vote, but they can have a big say in EU referendum

Posted on 20 April 2016 | 8:04pm

I am in Dublin today, speaking about Brexit to a conference of Ibec, the Irish equivalent of the CBI. Here is the text.  There are three things I hope to do today. Tell you what I think is happening in the Brexit debate. Explain why I am so keen for REMAIN to win. And also, suggest […]