Category: “Health

May have to review hero-worship of Geoff Boycott in light of his Mike Yardy comments

Posted on 24 March 2011 | 6:03pm

Geoff Boycott was one of my childhood heroes. Growing up as a sports nut in Yorkshire, I loved his technique, his attitude, his cussedness, and the focus he brought to Yorkshire County Cricket Club, whose players back then all came from the county. So taken was I with his brilliance that I started a Geoff […]

Labour must not let Lansley get away with burying good news on the NHS – and other media double standards

Posted on 20 March 2011 | 12:03pm

It’s fascinating to watch liberal commentators say how blindingly obvious it is that military action should be taken to deal with a fascist dictator killing his own people (aka Gaddafi) … in many instances the same liberal commentators who remain so angry at the action taken to deal with a fascist dictator who had been […]

Britain least convinced of EU countries of need for massive cuts

Posted on 14 March 2011 | 11:03am

It says something for the insularity of the UK media that The Guardian makes such a big deal of the idea of special reports from our European neighbours. Too often, the editor rightly says, the countries of Europe are reported purely in terms of their relations with Britain. This was something of a bugbear of […]

More power to Clegg on mental health agenda

Posted on 2 February 2011 | 9:02am

I have given Nick Clegg a mild (very mild) kicking in the Spectator diary this week, so may I say a few words of praise and thanks to the embattled deputy PM. If it is true that the government, at Clegg’s insistence, is intending to repeal section 141 of the Mental Health Act as part […]

‘Bunch of twats’ – a fitting slogan for Tories on NHS reform

Posted on 30 January 2011 | 11:01am

Ed Miliband will know well enough not to put too much faith in this morning’s poll showing Labour 11 points ahead of the Tories. Better to be ahead than behind, but at this stage of the Parliament it is as much about bad things the Tories are doing – where do I start? – as […]

Inflation rise not all Tories’ fault – but VAT rise is

Posted on 19 January 2011 | 10:01am

If a Labour government were still in power, and a shock inflation rise was announced, doubtless the current ‘all Labour’s fault’ mantra from the Tories would be heard. Labour people being more reasonable, we accept that some of the factors lying behind yesterday’s rise to 3.7 per cent are beyond government total control; soaring oil […]

Five great books on leadership, and a line on the NHS reforms

Posted on 18 January 2011 | 12:01pm

Thanks to those who agreed with some (in one case all) of my choices of five books on Mariella Frostrups’ Open Book programme, which is repeated on Radio 4 at 4pm on Thursday. They were This Sporting Life by David Storey, Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Alone in Berlin […]

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 […]

Thank God for GOD and his Plan B

Posted on 16 December 2010 | 12:12am

A bit late to be blogging I know, but in the new media world there is no such thing as a deadline, no such thing as a geographical boundary, so  in a way no such thing as late. Plus I have had one of those days … up early and sudddenly noticed my car wasn’t […]

Fees protest taking heat off Tories; and good luck to Ken Clarke re mental health in prisons

Posted on 7 December 2010 | 9:12am

When was the last time you saw David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove or David Willetts being put under real pressure to make the case for the trebling of tuition fees? I ask because it is their policy every bit as much as it is that of the Lib Dems in the coalition. Indeed, more […]