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Guest blog from a father who lost his daughter and wants to help others avoid the same fate

Posted on 2 July 2015 | 6:07am

“In business, you have politics and profit. In charity, you have politics.” Or so the saying goes. I have been in business and understand that sentiment, but charity is still pretty new to me, in the sense that our family just set up a charity earlier this year. Of course, it’s not party politics that’s […]

When politics becomes blood sport – welcome to The Killing Season, power Aussie Rules style

Posted on 23 June 2015 | 8:06am

One of my favourite foreign politicians when starting out with Tony Blair was then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Clever, funny, tough, with a desire to batter the Tories that was closer to my own approach to politics than that of my more big-tented boss. With Keating, though he was cute enough at internal politics […]

Why is it always the sports guys who seem to open my mind?

Posted on 21 June 2015 | 12:06pm

I know some of you might think I am one of those people who always thinks he is right. And to be frank, more often than not I am. But I do have a more open mind than most and I do actually love meeting people who make me think differently. Recently I have met […]

A good new name for a great old charity and a good example of OST in action

Posted on 17 June 2015 | 7:06am

If you have ever heard me speak, or read much of what I have written, you may know that I consider OST to be the three most important letters in the language. O for Objective. S for Strategy. T for Tactics. Get them muddled or wrongly ordered and you are setting yourself up for failure. […]

Enough of the ‘lessons of defeat’ – Can we learn some lessons of victory please?

Posted on 11 June 2015 | 5:06am

Desperate times call for desperate measures. On the back of big defeat must come big bold ideas for how to turn setback into opportunity. Some will be little more than the stuff of fantasy. Others may have the grains of possibility within them. So let’s start with fantasy. Last night, back from a short and […]

Why Arsene Wenger is an inspiration in the battle against alcohol

Posted on 7 June 2015 | 1:06pm

You see, even when I am writing about alcoholism, I have to get in something about sport. Did I tell you I had a book out? It is called WINNERS AND HOW THEY SUCCEED. Arsene Wenger is in it. So are lots of other great sports, business and political winners. And so is my pledge […]

Charles Kennedy – a lovely man, a talented politician, a great friend with a shared enemy

Posted on 2 June 2015 | 7:06am

Charles Kennedy was a lovely man, and a highly talented politician. These are the kind of words that always flow when public figures die, often because people feel they have to say those things, and rightly they are flowing thick and fast today as we mourn an important public figure, and a little bit of […]

We got it wrong. Now we must have the soul-searching and honest debate we have perhaps avoided too long

Posted on 8 May 2015 | 8:05am

After yesterday’s very long blog, today a very short one, admitting that I was wrong. Not wrong in thinking Labour SHOULD win, but clearly wrong in thinking we would. Sometimes, when advising people I work with, I will say beware the dangers of being so deep inside your own team’s bubble that you end up […]

Why I think Miliband will become PM, why he deserves to, and why that is best for Britain

Posted on 7 May 2015 | 9:05am

Elections are among the days politicians and activists both love the most and hate the most. Love because the whole country at least has a sense that this is the most important thing happening anywhere today, and because right up to 10pm you can win another argument and win over another waverer and get them […]

Why Ed was right to see Brand, and why it is Dacre, Murdoch and Cameron who are the real rusty rockets

Posted on 29 April 2015 | 8:04am

In the land of Twitter Russell Brand goes by the name of @rustyrockets. I wonder if that self deprecating metaphor might be better applied to those parts of the press that take such delight in saying how awful and how irrelevant to real debate he is. For they are the ones misfiring left right and […]