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May Robin Williams’ tragic end herald the start of new attitudes to depression

Posted on 12 August 2014 | 1:08pm

Though an inquest might provide some of the answers to questions people are asking today, the truth is that none of us will ever know, even if he left a note, what was going through Robin Williams’ mind in the final moments of his enriched and enriching life. No two people are the same. No two people’s depressions […]

If Lineker can speak out against booze and gambling in sport, so can politicians. And they should

Posted on 4 August 2014 | 4:08am

So he goes from the World Cup in Rio to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and next stop the Edinburgh TV Festival for Gary Lineker. Busy man. Lineker is my latest GQ interviewee, the magazine out this week, and some of the media have picked up this morning on very strong comments he made about […]

Poor Piers Morgan cannot bear to admit the truth about my sporting prowess

Posted on 13 July 2014 | 1:07pm

For two days in a row I have to rebut the heinous slurs of the right-wing media. Yesterday The Sun on Sunday on my work in Albania, today mon vieux ami-ennemi Piers Morgan in the aptly named Mail on Scumday. I do not allow the wretched rag in the house, just as I don’t allow […]

Albania, me and the Sun on Sunday – a little context via prebutttal

Posted on 12 July 2014 | 6:07pm

Not blogged for a while, as some of you have been reminding me. No, not depression, but working hard on my next book, about Winning and Winning Mindsets, travelling, interviewing, writing, and generally getting stuck into it amid all my other stuff. One of the ‘other stuff’ categories is the work I have written about […]

Labour must expose Gove’s politicisation of education curriculum for what it is

Posted on 21 May 2014 | 9:05am

First, I will declare an interest, in pointing out that my partner Fiona Millar is a founder of, and regular contributor to, the Local Schools Network, which exists to support and promote the many good local State schools in the UK. The need for such a campaign is particularly strong when we have a Conservative government which […]

Cameron’s religious ramblings: if this is leadership God help us

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 7:04am

Not that long ago David Cameron was comparing his religious faith to a fuzzy radio signal in the Chiltern Hills. Now it is The Big Thing. It seems to be the driver of his life and his politics and he is suggesting Christianity should be a bigger driver of the country’s life and politics too. […]

Rebranding a country is about a lot more than ‘spin’

Posted on 16 April 2014 | 6:04am

Below is a piece I have done for PR Week about a project to use international help to try to improve the image and standing of Albania. Say the name of any country in the world and immediately people have a sense of that country. America still comes top of most nation branding surveys. Britain, […]

Wonderful send off for Mark Bennett RIP

Posted on 21 March 2014 | 2:03pm

What a beautiful day and what a wonderful send off for Mark Bennett, the Mayor of Lambeth and my former right-hand man Mark Bennett, who died of a heart attack aged 44. St Leonard’s Church was packed out as hundreds gathered to pay respects, from a former Prime Minister and a Bishop to messengers and […]

Dacre, ‘Lord’ Black, Murdoch on wrong side of argument and history – fight for new regulator close to tipping point

Posted on 19 March 2014 | 6:03am

To Millbank Tower last night – from where we ran the 1997 and 2001 election landslides – to a staging post of another important winning campaign, namely the one to get proper independent regulation of the press. A year on from all parties agreeing to support the Leveson plan for an independent self-regulator underpinned by […]

It should not be a shock that the Education Secretary’s kids go to State schools

Posted on 8 March 2014 | 4:03pm

I am pleased that Michael Gove and his fellow journalist wife Sarah Vine have chosen to send their daughter to a State school. Less pleasing is the idea generated by the coverage that this is some great act of educational and political courage. It should be exceptional for politicians NOT to use the state sector, […]