Category: “Politics

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 […]

How a Brexit breakfast vote and a Brixton Prison trip restored my sense of hope

Posted on 2 March 2017 | 5:03pm

As we slide one more week closer to the calamity that Brexit will bring, two memorable meetings stand out for me from the past few days. The first, of which more later, was on Monday evening inside Brixton Prison (cue ‘shame they let you out’ tweets from the usual saddoes). The second, on Thursday morning, […]

If you can’t swear properly in the fucking Guardian about mental health, where the fuck can you?

Posted on 18 January 2017 | 11:01am

So, first of all, many thanks to The Guardian, who have once more allowed me a platform to argue the basic case that we are light year away from parity between mental and physical health. Here is the piece they have just posted, to coincide with the launch of the MQ charity’s #WeSwear campaign designed […]

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 […]

What Trump, Brexit and the rise of populism say about politics and media now and in the future

Posted on 8 December 2016 | 9:12am

Yesterday I made a speech to a conference organised by Fremantle Media, the independent production company that has given us such delights – depending on your taste – as Pop Idol, The Price is Right, and The Bill. They wanted me to talk about Trump, Brexit, the rise of populism, and what it all said […]

Corbyn has won, the fundamentals are unchanged, non-Corbyn PLP must fill policy vacuum

Posted on 24 September 2016 | 6:09am

Ok first things first. WHOOSH BREAKING NEWS … Jeremy Corbyn has won and probably by a considerable margin. In the hope some of the broadcasters read this – thanks for your interest in my views but today is not a day to pee on the JC parade. So thanks for the bids, but no I […]

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 lesson of political history is keep fighting for what you believe in – including Britain in Europe

Posted on 17 July 2016 | 3:07pm

Thanks for all the positive feedback for the piece I did for the second issue of The New European, an extract of which I posted a few days ago, and the full version of which you can read below. The New European is a ‘pop-up paper’ which was launched into the UK national market with […]

Memo to PM May: not a second referendum, but a first referendum on a proper choice of options after real debate

Posted on 14 July 2016 | 9:07am

There have not been that many rays of light emerging from that dark day of national self-harm, June 23, but one has been the emergence of a new ‘pop-up newspaper’ aimed especially at the 48percent who voted Remain in our deeply divided country. The New European has been launched by Archant Media, and they have […]

On Brexit, Chilcot, Corbyn, Leadsom and May: the Mad Hatter-ology of modern politics

Posted on 10 July 2016 | 1:07pm

This was first published yesterday by International Business Times. Since June 23, when we ‘took back control’ (of what precisely remains very unclear) I have been in South America, and four European countries – all work no play apart from a bit of football – taking in the Chilcot Inquiry Report en route from Spain and […]