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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cameron is behaving like a man who thinks he’s lost, Miliband like the man who can beat him

Posted on 19 April 2015 | 11:04am

Greetings from Tirana, a quick day trip respite from the UK election campaign, to see how one of my favourite progressive leaders, Edi Rama, is getting on. I have worked with Rama for several years, first in opposition and now in government, a landslide win for his Socialist Party having seen him installed as Prime Minister. […]

Venus and Mars, and whether men and women win differently

Posted on 15 March 2015 | 6:03pm

(This blog first appeared on CNN.com)   Having been Tony Blair’s spokesman and strategist for a decade and more, having been at his side through election campaigns, wars and peace processes, political and personal crises, scandals galore, having spent thousands of hours facing down possibly the most questioning media on the planet, and having done […]

Cameron’s ducking of the TV debates – morally cowardly and democratically wrong

Posted on 5 March 2015 | 6:03am

How well I remember David Cameron proclaiming how marvellous the TV leaders’ debates were and, more importantly, how vital they were to the democratic process in the modern media age. And how pathetic it is, five years on, to watch his wriggling and weaselling to avoid them. There is a section in my new book, […]

Ten more things Chelsea can do on Saturday to show we are serious about Kicking Out racism

Posted on 19 February 2015 | 9:02am

Chelsea host Burnley on Saturday, and I sincerely hope there is some kind of action taken by the home club in relation to the hideous incident on the Paris Metro this week. A few ideas to build on what the club has already – commendably – said and done (for example the placing on its […]

A visit to Serbia

Posted on 16 February 2015 | 3:02pm

I have had a sudden rash of inquiries from Serbian media about a trip I made last month  to Belgrade, so rather than deal with them all individually, I thought I would put a short statement on here. Apologies to the journalist who asked first a couple of weeks ago. ‘At the government’s request I was […]

The truth about the altercation which has become George Galloway’s latest ‘film’-promoting propaganda

Posted on 15 January 2015 | 8:01am

I understand that The Times are today running a story, based on a story in this week’s ‘Ham and High’, about an altercation I had with a member of the public last week. Should any other media be minded to follow up, I thought I would post the full statement I gave to the Ham […]