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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 […]

Guest blog from a ‘proper’ psychiatrist, on how the ‘nest’ can help the mind

Posted on 23 September 2016 | 2:09pm

Guest blog by Peter Tyrer, Emeritus Professor of Community Psychiatry, Imperial College, London Most people who read Alastair’s account of his brother, Donald, and his eulogy at Donald’s funeral, will have been invigorated and cheered by such a positive biography of someone with schizophrenia. But I suspect that few would have come across similar stories, as […]

Eulogy to my brother Donald, whose funeral was held today

Posted on 30 August 2016 | 9:08am

When my brother Donald died three weeks ago, aged 62, I posted a blog here, which had first appeared in The Sunday Times, and also said that come the funeral, I would post the eulogy. The funeral was today, and the eulogy I gave is below. Many thanks for all the messages of support, from […]

My brother Donald: please spread his story far and wide, and join the fight for better mental health

Posted on 14 August 2016 | 11:08pm

I want to thank the hundreds of people who sent messages, direct and on social media, after I published a tribute to my brother in the Sunday Times News Review yesterday. And though I often slag off the Murdoch media machine, I want to thank the Sunday Times for giving me so much space, and […]

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 […]