Category: “Charity

Good luck to the marchers; and meet a man who may have to enter my Great People list

Posted on 26 March 2011 | 10:03am

Good luck to all the marchers trying to put a bit of sense into the government before the full extent of the cuts programme is felt, and the Big Society becomes more pressured, more fractured and a lot less Big. I won’t be among the vast throng as I have a long planned speech at […]

Davos should send fact-finding mission to Nottingham to end women drought

Posted on 13 January 2011 | 9:01am

I’ve only been to Davos once, with the then PM TB, and can’t say I enjoyed it much. All a bit ‘look how important I am, I’m at Davos,’ and all a bit gigantic cocktail party full of people looking over shoulders to see if anyone more important is looming in the middle distance. Even […]

Good to see Times and Guardian going big on mental health

Posted on 11 January 2011 | 8:01am

Tomorrow I am speaking at a dinner at Nottingham University to raise funds for Mental Health Research UK. Now you’ve heard of Cancer Research. You’ve heard of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and if you are very wealthy you still have time to be one of the 50 donors giving £50k to celebrate the charity’s 50th […]

Nice send off for Ralph Coates

Posted on 5 January 2011 | 5:01pm

Just back from a celebration of Ralph Coates’ life  at St Stephen’s Church in Enfield, followed by a nice do at White Hart Lane. Big turnout and some terrific tributes from Dave Merrington and Martin Dobson (Burnley), Alan Mullery and Phil Beal (Spurs) and Frank Clark (Orient). Lots of former Spurs players there, including some […]

Nick Clegg can have my painting of him for nine grand

Posted on 12 December 2010 | 10:12am

If I have mastered the technology correctly (said the nervous non cyberwarrior) then if you click on here you will see my debut in political art. Art and I never got on at school, possibly because we had an art-teacher who had a temper that was even worse than mine. But when I was asked […]

Could we be heading for Tory-Lib coalition for UK, Lab-Lib for Scotland?

Posted on 24 November 2010 | 12:11pm

Despite a chest infection (the doctor said it was much worse than man flu but I just keep on keeping on manfully) I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at Glasgow University last night. I was the guest speaker at the annual Chancellor’s dinner; no, not George Osborne, he was busy helping Ireland, where his family […]

Frontline First?

Posted on 12 November 2010 | 9:11am

Throughout the last election campaign, the Tories said till they were even bluer in the face than usual that they would protect the NHS from any looming cuts, and that within the public services more generally they would protect the ‘frontline.’ Where this frontline was drawn was never terribly clear, but the general impression given […]

Time for housing to get higher up the political ladder

Posted on 11 November 2010 | 8:11am

To the Chartered Institute of Housing’s conference yesterday. Nice bunch, not very keen on my fellow Keighley man Eric Pickles I sensed, and feeling a bit battered after the spending review. But I felt they were adopting the right tone in seeking to engage with government, rather than just becoming a shrill voice of protest. […]

Special Audience With Kevin Spacey

Posted on 6 October 2010 | 4:10pm

A night of joy and genius with Kevin Spacey, and a warning to the Tories

Posted on 4 October 2010 | 6:10am

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Special Audience fundraiser with Kevin Spacey last night. Thanks to Melvyn Bragg for being such a superb interviewer. Above all thanks to Kevin for ninety minutes of joy and genius. My daughter went with some of her drama classmates. Rarely have I seen a group of teenagers […]