Category: “Education

It should not be a shock that the Education Secretary’s kids go to State schools

Posted on 8 March 2014 | 4:03pm

I am pleased that Michael Gove and his fellow journalist wife Sarah Vine have chosen to send their daughter to a State school. Less pleasing is the idea generated by the coverage that this is some great act of educational and political courage. It should be exceptional for politicians NOT to use the state sector, […]

Both business and politics struggling to adapt to changed reputations

Posted on 12 February 2014 | 12:02pm

Overcoming my slight fear of heights, I took the lift to the top of The Gherkin today to take part in the launch of Portland’s new document on trust and reputation, Bringing Business Home. Whether me from a left-leaning perspective, City AM editor Allister Heath from the right, FT journalist Elizabeth Rigby or COMRES pollster […]

Cambridge Lecture 2: Optimistic despite press lies re Leveson, new social media oligarchs, Snowden/Wikileaks (and why Merkel is best)

Posted on 14 November 2013 | 5:11pm

Lecture 2 in my series of events as Humanitas Visiting Professor at Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, delivered today. A few years ago, Carl Bernstein and I shared a platform at a conference in Italy. I was surprised how much we agreed about the modern media. But what […]

My views, as a Cambridge professor no less, on politics and the press; not as clear or straight-forward as I expected

Posted on 12 November 2013 | 12:11pm

Never did I imagine, as I drank, fought and very occasionally studied my way through four years as a Cambridge University student, that one day I would be a ‘visiting professor’ no less. Also, given that at the time I had no idea that I would go into the media, let alone politics, even less […]

Memo to Labour – energy, fight, future policy, stand up for Labour record, Britain, NHS, immigration too, and demolish worst govt in memory

Posted on 21 September 2013 | 9:09am

Having been in hospital from Monday to Thursday I watched more TV news than usual this week, and spotted a trend, one which is useful to Labour as the party conference begins. It is that the Tory Government strategy, such as it exists, is essentially founded on the approach in that silly book ‘is it […]

‘The mess we inherited’ – some facts with which to fight the Tory Big Lies

Posted on 19 August 2013 | 9:08am

​​ I am indebted to Professor Vernon Bogdanor, who among other things was David Cameron’s tutor at Oxford, for drawing my attention to a recent report by the LSE Growth Commission. Anyone who looks at the mix of academics, business leaders, economists and banking experts on the Commission will be unable to dismiss them as […]

Superb guest blog from a REAL Apprentice

Posted on 7 June 2013 | 3:06pm

I am delighted to post a blog by a young man from Burnley, Matt Seel, who is doing an apprenticeship with the town’s council. He and his fellow apprentices are also taking part in the national competition, the Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge. One of the many elements is to get celebrity endorsement, and to my eternal shame […]

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”. […]

Gove helping to destroy Olympic legacy plans. What does he have against sport exactly?

Posted on 18 December 2012 | 10:12am

The BBC did a brilliant job with their Sports Personality show on Sunday. If I had one small complaint it was in the air-brushing of any politics or politicians from the narrative. ‘Keep politics out of sport’ has a certain compelling appeal, but sport is an intensely political area. Always has been (think Eastern Europe, […]

Good to know Team Gove was rattled by Any Questions blog – here is their (sic) rebuttal

Posted on 16 December 2012 | 10:12am

Michael Gove, with his little army of supporters in the media and on the Tory backbenchers, is not used to being challenged over his potty policies which win the support of the mainly privately educated, privately educating editors, but are widely disliked and mistrusted by the public. When I blogged on the discrepancy between media […]