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It’s my book and I’ll plug if I want to (…at least until the alcohol crisis subsides)

Posted on 3 January 2014 | 11:01am

We were up in Scotland for Christmas, internet connection suitably weak, cycling conditions wet but beautiful, mental health conditions the usual end of old year/start of new up and down, so I laid off the blogging. December 15 indeed since last I told the world, other than via an occasional tweet, what I thought about […]

If only Smart Alec Salmond could have brought himself to say ‘don’t know’ to some of the questions

Posted on 27 November 2013 | 11:11am

The focus for both sides of the Scottish independence campaign is the large number of people saying ‘don’t know’ whenever a pollster asks them how they intend to vote in the referendum next September. The lead among those saying No to independence remains reasonably solid but if SNP leader Alex Salmond can generate real momentum, […]

A chance to have a good laugh with Jo Brand, and stop people dying

Posted on 21 November 2013 | 11:11am

If you like Jo Brand, if you like a good night out, if you have an empty diary on the evening of this coming Sunday November 24, and if you have a passing interest in making a small contribution to curing cancer and saving lives, then please click on here. I’ve been involved in An […]

A chance to have a great laugh with Jo Brand AND stop people dying

Posted on 31 October 2013 | 3:10pm

If you like Jo Brand, if you like a good night out, if you have an empty diary on the evening of Sunday November 24, and if you have a passing interest in making a small contribution to curing cancer and saving lives, then please click on here. I’ve been involved in An Audience With… […]

Northern Ireland showed TB at his best

Posted on 25 October 2013 | 2:10pm

If you read The Guardian, you may already have seen the piece I am posting below. It is an extract from the introduction Tony Blair has written for the book I am publishing next week, The Irish Diaries. For both TB and Bertie Ahern, though they get whacked plenty over other stuff, Northern Ireland must […]

Another day, another TV programme showing the dreadful damage alcohol does to Britain

Posted on 14 October 2013 | 6:10am

Make sure you watch Channel 4 at 9pm tonight, and see how the wonderful people who work for our ambulance services are drowning in a sea of alcohol. Like Tommy Lemon, who lays to rest the myth that ‘booze Britain’ is a weekend thing, saying the effects of alcohol dominate his and his colleagues’ work […]

Merkel unique and her campaign uniquely German, but still lessons in there

Posted on 25 September 2013 | 9:09pm

Below is a short piece I did for Der Spiegel on the German election campaign, first in English and then, a part translated (not by me) German version. I do so wish I had not lost my German. Used to be virtually fluent, now get by. I blame French and France. Favourite language, spend too […]

Extracts from speech to Royal Television Society dinner last night – as requested by a few of you

Posted on 13 September 2013 | 12:09pm

RTS cambridge sept 12 2013 Hope you’re enjoying the conference. Hope you’re enjoying the latest round in the longest running soap opera of our lifetime, BBC leadership … Is it really ten years since Greg Dyke left to spend more time with his anger? No, truth be told we have both moved on. Saw him […]

More rebuttal on book interview headlines – and reminder to Labour re ‘mess we inherited’ rebuttal on economy

Posted on 9 September 2013 | 7:09am

Another day, another perfectly fair, accurately quoted interview, this time in the Daily Telegraph, with Celia Walden. There are various reasons why I said ‘yes’ when she asked to do the piece. First, because I always liked her and I always liked her Dad, former Tory MP George Walden. Second, and most importantly because after […]

Blog as rebuttal and media monitoring

Posted on 7 September 2013 | 9:09am

I was probably being a little churlish last night, on seeing the Guardian headline on my interview with Decca Aitkenhead – ‘you have to have at least the threat of military action’ – and tweeting that it had probably been written before the interview was filed. As some of you quickly took to twitter to […]