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A night at the Emirates

Posted on 17 February 2009 | 12:02am

What a joy it must be to support a team close to your home. Here I am, just gone eleven, and I’m home after watching Arsenal give a football lesson to Cardiff, a bit like Burnley gave a lesson to Arsenal when we dumped them out of the Carling Cup. Now we get the chance […]

When marriage is tested

Posted on 16 February 2009 | 1:02pm

It has been interesting to see what kind of twittering or Facebook status updating provokes the most intense responses. Blogging about Boris and the F word started a lively debate. The stuff I did last week on mental health likewise. But football remains the Number 1 talking point for the nation I would say.  As […]

Spare me the myths and the whining

Posted on 15 February 2009 | 1:02pm

I stand to be corrected (and will happily publish such a correction here) but I think I am right in saying no national newspaper editor sends their children to State schools. This is worth bearing in mind when you read the relentless diet of negativity against State schools in our national media. The same applies […]

Dave Cameron – is that all there is?

Posted on 14 February 2009 | 11:02am

Sorry to go on about Dave Cameron again (oh ok, I’m not sorry at all) but I saw him blathering on the story about the 13-year-old who became a Dad. He had exactly the same intensity of expression he applies for soundbites on economic calamity, ministerial scandal, diplomatic crisis, global warfare and pestilence or how […]

Boris Johnson: F is for …

Posted on 13 February 2009 | 7:02am

I never read any of the freesheets handed out in London on the grounds that I am unsure which are pouring more money into the evil that is Paul Dacre and his Mail newspapers. But as I travelled on the tube last night it was impossible to escape front pages about Boris Johnson and the […]

The Cameron vacuum

Posted on 12 February 2009 | 2:02pm

Whenever I’m confronted with someone who says they’re thinking of voting Tory, I ask them to name three things David Cameron would do as Prime Minister? Even with people who follow politics closely, it tends to pull them up. Those who are desperate to say something in Dave’s defence then fall back on generalities – […]

Interviewing Clinton part 2

Posted on 12 February 2009 | 9:02am


Lincoln, Obama, Blair and the 24 hour media culture

Posted on 11 February 2009 | 10:02am

I have already vlogged about my (and Barack Obama’s’) favourite book on politics, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her brilliant account of the political genius of Abraham Lincoln was already a hugely successful book even before  Obama’s endorsement, which will take it into a whole new league, marked genuine contribution to history. As […]

Eighteen interviews later …

Posted on 10 February 2009 | 7:02pm

Interviews. You might think it’s easy just to open and close your mouth and see what comes out, but as I come to the end of a day promoting the Time to Change report, I feel more understanding of the time TB said to me ‘if I speak to one more local radio interviewer trying […]

Time to talk about Time to Change on Newsnight

Posted on 9 February 2009 | 10:02pm

I’m on my way to the BBC to go on Newsnight and talk about the Time to Change report on famous figures in history who had mental health problems. Jeremy Paxman has a reputation as a tough interrogator, but on the personal level I have always found him charming and easy to get on with. […]