Category: “Mental Health

Cameron will find Ken Clarke a tougher cookie than Clegg if he tries instant U-turn on sentencing and prisons

Posted on 9 December 2010 | 9:12am

I used to skimread Hansard every day when I was a journalist, and felt better informed as a result. As Tory MP Bill Cash once said, if you want to keep something a secret these days, stand up and say it in the House of Commons. Not quite true of course, but quite witty, and […]

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 […]

Time for a Single European directive on showers and shampoos

Posted on 2 December 2010 | 10:12am

Greetings from Bari, in southern Italy, where I’ve just had a run in rather pleasant sunshine with a lovely warm breeze blowing in from the sea. Sorry to those freezing at home, but someone has to do it. I am here to speak at a conference on innovation, and emerging from the shower just now, I have […]

Happiness not a bad starting point for analysis of policy. The problem is the policy

Posted on 15 November 2010 | 9:11am

I am not opposed to the idea, splashed across the Guardian, of including a measurement of happiness and well-being in any assessment of how well or otherwise the country and its families are doing. Given the subjectivity inevitably involved in such an assessment, it will not be straight-forward to agree on how the analysis is […]

Frontline First?

Posted on 12 November 2010 | 9:11am

Throughout the last election campaign, the Tories said till they were even bluer in the face than usual that they would protect the NHS from any looming cuts, and that within the public services more generally they would protect the ‘frontline.’ Where this frontline was drawn was never terribly clear, but the general impression given […]

Time for housing to get higher up the political ladder

Posted on 11 November 2010 | 8:11am

To the Chartered Institute of Housing’s conference yesterday. Nice bunch, not very keen on my fellow Keighley man Eric Pickles I sensed, and feeling a bit battered after the spending review. But I felt they were adopting the right tone in seeking to engage with government, rather than just becoming a shrill voice of protest. […]

Blown away by Chester; and a great new Welsh mental health scheme

Posted on 30 October 2010 | 10:10am

I only agreed to do the Chester Literature Festival because it was on a Friday night and I reckoned there would be a good chance Burnley would be at home on the Saturday. A calculated guess rather banjaxed by the fixtures computer which put us at QPR today – the closest Championship ground to where […]

Fight to protect mental health services, and celebrate Harlem’s political awakening

Posted on 11 October 2010 | 10:10am

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day … I know, I know, every day seems to be something or other day, and nobody is ever quite sure what you’re meant to do with them, or who decides which day is which … but they do provide an opportunity for causes and ideas not always in the […]

From Saint Vince to Mr Bean – A Journey

Posted on 22 September 2010 | 11:09am

As Steve Richards reminded us on his rather depressing Radio 4 analysis of the Brown Premiership yesterday, a memorable jibe from Vince Cable played quite a part in the political and media mood that saw the shift from from hero GB to zero GB. It was following the postponement of the ‘election that never was,’ […]

A gentle castigation of TB from my mental health friends

Posted on 3 September 2010 | 9:09am

My mental health campaign friends are not best pleased with TB’s ‘two types of crazy people’ reference in his book.