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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The joy that wildlife can bring

Posted on 11 April 2016 | 6:04am

Here is a piece I have done for this week’s Radio Times, about tonight’s In The Wild documentary on BBC 2 (630pm) in which expert Gordon Buchanan takes me on a tour of the Hebrides. I hope if you see it you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it. ‘Do what you […]

A human, or rather inhuman, scandal about to be unleashed on our doorstep. France and UK must act

Posted on 18 February 2016 | 6:02pm

A double plea. First, to the media – please get to Calais by Sunday morning latest and cover the situation I am about to describe. Second, to any well-heeled French people with land and property to spare, please consider providing it to stop hundreds of vulnerable unaccompanied children falling prey to people traffickers already hovering […]

There will always be a need for good journalism, and BBC is an important part of that

Posted on 21 January 2016 | 6:01am

I am in Holland today, speaking at an event for the Dutch media organised by the national broadcaster, NOS. The speech is below. Some of it will be familiar to regular readers, some of it less so, as they asked me to give an assessment of the media today and where it might be heading. […]

A bit of nostalgia on the town where I was born

Posted on 12 January 2016 | 9:01am

I do like writing, and usually I am the one deciding what to write, and enjoying the oddness of where ideas come from and why they strike me as being interesting at that time. But every now and then someone else comes along and provokes the idea. So it was over Christmas when the Yorkshire […]