Category: “Media

On Brexit, Trump, trust and whither politics

Posted on 29 April 2017 | 7:04am

Here is the text of the speech I gave this week to the DJOEF conference in Copenhagen, on Brexit, Trump, trust, winning and whither politics I am very flattered that you have asked me to talk about the two themes – trust and winning. On trust I am the man who if you believe some […]

What I would have said on Newsnight if the Mail hadn’t bottled out of defending itself over Wikpedia ban

Posted on 10 February 2017 | 11:02am

May I start with an apology to the hosts of a dinner I was speaking at last night, which I left slightly ahead of schedule, in order to get to TV Centre for an interview on Newsnight. Apologies especially to those fellow Daily Mail haters (aka all civilised members of society) who said they were […]

Brexit increasingly means shambles, and one which prevents NHS shambles being sorted too

Posted on 8 January 2017 | 9:01am

It seems that tomorrow Theresa May intends to say once more that mental health is a priority of hers. She said the same on the day she became Prime Minister. So I wish she could have been at the Royal College of Psychiatrists on Friday for a celebration of the work of psychiatrist Peter Tyrer. She […]

An essay on the poison to our national life that is Paul Dacre’s Daily Mail

Posted on 7 November 2016 | 11:11am

Some of you may know I do a monthly interview for GQ magazine. This month’s, out this week,  features Nicola Adams. But last month the editor asked me to take a different tack and use my usual space to explain why I so loathe the Daily Mail. Nice commission to have. When the magazine put […]

My film on the Mail – and why it is good for the soul to rip it up

Posted on 22 July 2016 | 12:07pm

The talk is good, the words are warm, but we are miles away from equality between physical and mental health

Posted on 16 February 2016 | 10:02am

It has, on the surface, been a good week for the campaign to get better understanding and services for mental health and mental illness. The long-awaited NHS Taskforce Report gave a strong analysis of the dreadful problems we face, and some good ideas of how they might be addressed, and the government indicated a willingness […]

When politics becomes blood sport – welcome to The Killing Season, power Aussie Rules style

Posted on 23 June 2015 | 8:06am

One of my favourite foreign politicians when starting out with Tony Blair was then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. Clever, funny, tough, with a desire to batter the Tories that was closer to my own approach to politics than that of my more big-tented boss. With Keating, though he was cute enough at internal politics […]

Why I think Miliband will become PM, why he deserves to, and why that is best for Britain

Posted on 7 May 2015 | 9:05am

Elections are among the days politicians and activists both love the most and hate the most. Love because the whole country at least has a sense that this is the most important thing happening anywhere today, and because right up to 10pm you can win another argument and win over another waverer and get them […]

Why Ed was right to see Brand, and why it is Dacre, Murdoch and Cameron who are the real rusty rockets

Posted on 29 April 2015 | 8:04am

In the land of Twitter Russell Brand goes by the name of @rustyrockets. I wonder if that self deprecating metaphor might be better applied to those parts of the press that take such delight in saying how awful and how irrelevant to real debate he is. For they are the ones misfiring left right and […]

The loser in the debates was the public – and not for the reasons you think

Posted on 27 March 2015 | 4:03pm

So after all the hype, the ads, the contorted build-up, the dozens of days of negotiations, the thousands of headlines, the millions of words of pre-match and post-match analysis, just over three million people bothered to tune in for the first ‘big debate’ agreed between the parties and the broadcasters. That is a shamingly low figure for […]