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Onsite psychiatric services for major employers will save them in the long run

Posted on 17 February 2013 | 7:02am

Here is a copy of the debate in today’s Observer between me and psychotherapist Oliver James, arguing for and against major employers providing onsite psychiatric support for their staff. Alastair Campbell – I was really pleased to see the headline proclaiming “MPs to get mental health clinic in parliament amid rise in depression and anxiety”. […]

Don’t miss the Culture Show special on Abraham Lincoln tonight

Posted on 12 February 2013 | 7:02pm

I do not make a habit of apologising to the BBC but sorry, sorry, sorry, I forgot. Forgot what? I promised to do a blog today about the BBC2 Culture Show special on Abraham Lincoln. It is on at 1120pm and presented by Justin Webb. I made this promise when, several weeks ago, I was […]

Musings on Borgen, strong women, the gap in the UK TV market, and Maradona

Posted on 2 February 2013 | 9:02am

The outpouring of jealousy at my meeting ‘Birgitte’ from Borgen was not quite on a par with that inspired by my ‘never talk about it’ football playing with Diego Maradona. It was there nonetheless, from the ‘jammy bastard’ tweets to the observation from Andrew Neil that he ‘never knew Danish could be so hypnotic.’ So […]

Lance Armstrong liked to play the long game. David Walsh has played even longer, and won

Posted on 20 January 2013 | 12:01pm

I don’t recall exactly where and when it was that I met journalist David Walsh, not long after I had met Lance Armstrong for the first time, but I do recall his shock tinged with anger that I had ‘fallen for the Armstrong lies.’ I think it was at a football match. Indeed I had […]

Guest blog on the battle between a cancer victim’s family and an insurance company

Posted on 11 December 2012 | 10:12am

By Ben Hewitt Two months ago we lost a good friend, Nic Hughes. He was a creative and talented university lecturer, a loving husband and doting father of amazing twins. He died of cancer aged 44. Nic took out an insurance policy with Friends Life in good faith, convinced that he had given full disclosure […]

Berlusconi sets up an ‘anything could happen’ election

Posted on 10 December 2012 | 1:12pm

I have been trying to imagine what the general reaction would be if Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, John Major or Margaret Thatcher suddenly announced they were planning to run for PM again. Regardless of their respective talents, appeal or skill, I think I only have to pose the question to get most people’s answers. There […]

A blog dedicated to the parts of George Osborne’s strategy that are working as he said they would

Posted on 5 December 2012 | 9:12am

Er, that’s it folks

As press hail Cameron’s courage and strength, they know his betrayal of victims was an act of weakness

Posted on 30 November 2012 | 3:11pm

You did not have to be a genius to imagine there might have been a statutory element to the proposals brought forward by Lord Justice Leveson. Indeed, the longer the inquiry went on, the more his tone of questioning suggested such a move might happen. Certainly, by the time David Cameron gave evidence, it was […]

A couple of good signs amid fast-changing economic scene

Posted on 22 November 2012 | 3:11pm

One of my main themes out on the speaking circuit is that Europe is not adapting quickly enough or well enough to perhaps the single most important geostrategic change happening today – the shift of power and wealth from West to East. There was a hint of the western world being in denial in recent […]

Guest blog from a young writer who has captured UK drink problem, alongside real desire for community

Posted on 19 November 2012 | 1:11pm

There are a few statements regularly made by members of the public that are guaranteed to get my blood raging. … no point voting … politicians all the same … nothing ever changes … no point giving to charity all goes on admin … These are among the regulars. Wrong on all counts. Another, similarly […]