Category: “Health

Sad stories as Irish leave home; and a reminder not all governments as useless with the economy as Cameron’s

Posted on 6 October 2012 | 11:10am

Good fun as ever in Ireland yesterday, with a seminar on alcohol abuse with politicians and policy experts, a meeting with the See Change and Headline campaigns against mental health stigma, a tour of twitter HQ and then off to the Late Late Show. Great to meet up again with retiring (in both senses of […]

Today’s mental health debate in Parliament really matters; and a footnote on continuing reshuffle cockupery

Posted on 14 September 2012 | 9:09am

Out early-ish today to do breakfast telly (sandwiched between discussions on Kate Middleton’s breasts and Cheryl Cole’s hair) on the Mental Health Discrimination Bill which is getting its second reading in the Commons right now. One or two people even more Labour tribal than I am got a bit antsy at my expressing support and […]

In defence of change: A response to guest blog attacking review of children’s heart surgery services

Posted on 6 September 2012 | 6:09am

On Sunday I posted this guest blog from Kathryn Batten on the review of children’s heart services. As a result, some of the local papers in the areas covered by the review have reported that I was ‘stepping into the campaign’. In fact, as Kathryn knows, I have always been clear that on a subject […]

Reshuffle takes UK closer to America, not in a good way, and misses the point of London 2012

Posted on 5 September 2012 | 8:09am

I woke up this morning to an avalanche of tweets in response to my asking on the way home from Stratford last night why the US, so dominant in Olympic sport, appear to be so relatively marginal in the Paralympics. It is never possible to predict what will get a big reaction on twitter, but […]

Lansley must give more detailed answers on children’s heart surgery review – guest blog

Posted on 2 September 2012 | 11:09am

Fairly low under the political radar, a review has been going on into the issue of children’s heart surgery. Thankfully, the number of children likely to require heart surgery is small, so it is not an issue directly to affect the majority. But to those it does affect, nothing could be more important. So with […]

For Romney, read McCain; for Ryan, read Palin. Good tactics, bad strategy. Obama can smile

Posted on 14 August 2012 | 11:08am

This is not hindsight speaking, because I said at the time of John McCain’s appointment of Sarah Palin as his running mate that it was ‘tactically brilliant, strategically disastrous.’ I have said it many times since, as The McCain-Palin blunder is one of my favourite case studies when out and about talking on why strategy […]

Bruce Springsteen on depression and the economy – a guest blog from Elvis

Posted on 26 July 2012 | 7:07am

I have introduced you before to my friend Mark Wright, a Labour activist and Elvis impersonator. He does however have an even bigger musical passion than The King, namely The Boss, and alerted me to an interview Bruce Springsteen has given to The New Yorker, in which he talks about his father’s mental health problems […]

Wiggins’ win the start of a great British summer for sport – and the chance to rescue Olympics legacy

Posted on 22 July 2012 | 11:07am

Out this morning for a pre-Wiggo-triumph two-hour ride through small French towns and villages, I popped into a little bike shop to get a few bits and bobs. Bradley Wiggins’ yellow helmet took pride of place in the helmet stall. Black socks were doing better than usual. And despite the hefty price tag, the shop […]

Four MPs will make a lot of difference to Time to Change campaign on mental health

Posted on 15 June 2012 | 5:06am

As promised, here is the piece I did last night for The Independent on the two MPs who spoke in the Commons about their mental health problems, who were later followed by Sarah Wollaston and Andrew Leadsom. I know many people with mental health problems who say they can deal with their symptoms, but what […]

Thanks from Time to Change to Charles Walker and Kevan Jones

Posted on 14 June 2012 | 3:06pm

Just back from Dublin, just home for a quick change before heading out to chair a debate on class in politics, inspired by the West End play based on David Cameron and Co’s Bullingdon Club, POSH. But before I go a quick word of thanks for Tory MP Charles Walker and Labour MP Kevan Jones […]