Category: “Media

On two inquiries

Posted on 16 June 2009 | 8:06am

What with the extraordinary events unfolding in Iran, and the announcement of the inquiry into the war in Iraq, there was no room on the main news last night for the case of Christine Laird, who was accused of lying about her history of depression when she applied for a job with Cheltenham Borough Council. […]

From India to Iran to Labour wit

Posted on 15 June 2009 | 10:06am

If diplomacy is war by other means, sometimes the same can be said of sport, which is why an India-Pakistan cricket match has long been on my list of ‘must see before I die’ sporting events. The appetite was further whetted by the sight and sound of the Indian support at the Twenty20 clash with England […]

Memories of Princess Diana

Posted on 14 June 2009 | 9:06am

We had a nice time at the Althorp literary festival, the first that Fiona and I have done with separate his’n’hers sessions on our books, me on All In The Mind, Fiona on her Secret World of the Working Mother. The festivals I have done have tended to be very white, middle-aged, middle-class events, and […]

A humbling NHS experience, a media row and a good GB speech

Posted on 12 June 2009 | 10:06am

What a truly inspiring and humbling time I had at the new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Rathbone hospital in Liverpool yesterday.  It was not just the evident quality of care being provided for a small number of seriously ill men. It was also the clear emphasis that was put on making sure the views […]

Take heart from a win in Lambeth

Posted on 6 June 2009 | 6:06pm

Staring at the depressing blue map being painted as a result of Thursday’s elections, I thought I would share with you a story that bucked the trend, and which illustrates what a difference strong local campaigning, issues based, can make. The story is of a by-election in Princes ward in Lambeth, where turnout was almost […]

Guardian of social justice or attention-seeker?

Posted on 3 June 2009 | 10:06am

Up early and off to Hull for a mental health conference. Having caught the end of Newsnight, I was thinking it would be good for my own mental health if I avoided the papers, but it is impossible to escape the bombardment of the media age when travelling.  Airports are the worst. 24 hour news […]

Let Diversity inspire a vote against the hate-filled BNP

Posted on 31 May 2009 | 12:05pm

For part of Saturday night I was channel-hopping between Britain’s Got Talent and the second part of Robert Carlyle’s portrayal of  Adolf Hitler on Channel 4. On BGT, I voted for Shaheen, with a sneaky side vote for Stavros Flatley, my daughter voted for Aidan Davis, and Fiona voted for Susan Boyle in part out […]

White House whack at UK media well-timed but sure to be ignored

Posted on 30 May 2009 | 1:05pm

‘Joe Public’ is a mythical figure often used by journalists to indicate what is sometimes termed the ordinary man in the street. But I wonder what ‘Joe Journalist’ might be thinking of the whacking administered to the British press by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. I imagine, especially right now with the UK political […]

A blow to gay rights and a boost for Cameron’s short-termism

Posted on 27 May 2009 | 11:05am

One of my favourite quotes about politics came from New York Governor Mario Cuomo – ‘we campaign in poetry but we govern in prose.’ Barack Obama fought one of the most wonderfully poetic campaigns and now has to be in full-on prose mode as he struggles with war, economic meltdown and environmental danger. Not to […]

Sex (or at least the female form) obsessed Britain

Posted on 23 May 2009 | 8:05pm

Having heard about the apparent suicide of former Korean President Roh, I thought Reuters might be the place to find out more. Sure, the story was there, very sad it was too, and reported in some detail. But what amazed me was the list of ‘most popular stories’ on Reuters UK. 1. Australian topless bathing ban urged. […]