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What Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism say about politics and media now and in the future

Posted on 8 December 2016 | 9:12am

Yesterday I made a speech to a conference organised by Fremantle Media, the independent production company that has given us such delights – depending on your taste – as Pop Idol, The Price is Right, and The Bill. They wanted me to talk about Trump, Brexit, the rise of populism, and what it all said […]

An essay on the poison to our national life that is Paul Dacre’s Daily Mail

Posted on 7 November 2016 | 11:11am

Some of you may know I do a monthly interview for GQ magazine. This month’s, out this week,  features Nicola Adams. But last month the editor asked me to take a different tack and use my usual space to explain why I so loathe the Daily Mail. Nice commission to have. When the magazine put […]

Another day, another important mental health campaign – #StopTheCharge and end a scandal

Posted on 11 October 2016 | 11:10am

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and I spoke about stigma – again – at the Leeds Community Foundation where the signs of change coming were all around. The city council’s brilliant CEO Tom Riordan speaking not only about his life growing up partly in foster care, with an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother often going […]

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 […]