Category: “Politics

On the new diaries, Piers, Owen Jones, TBGB, Theresa/Boris, Dave/George

Posted on 20 September 2017 | 8:09am

Another year, another volume of diaries, this one covering the time from Tony Blair’s third election win to his departure from office two years later. A majority of 66 – what would Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn give for one of those? – insufficient to stave off the forces that wanted him out. Talking to […]

If you haven’t booked a holiday yet, you should try Albania. Promise

Posted on 30 July 2017 | 1:07pm

I would normally wait a few days before posting a New European column, but an editing malfunction means those who have got the print version – which despite this malfunction I strongly recommend because of all the other good things in the paper – the last few lines of my piece have vanished from view! So here is the whole thing […]

As the national mood shifts,a reminder that the £350m for the NHS was just one of many Brexit lies past present future

Posted on 14 July 2017 | 9:07am

I am well aware I live in LME land – indeed perhaps the NW3 postcode could hardly be more Liberal Metropolitan Elite if it tried. I am also aware that I wear my anti-Brexit views loudly, so most of the people I bump into round here, in so far as they have a view about […]

One year on from the referendum, it is becoming clearer Brexit needs to be stopped to prevent damage to Britain

Posted on 23 June 2017 | 9:06am

Last night I was at The Guildhall to do the after dinner turn at the Franco-British Young Leaders’ gathering, which brings together rising stars in politics, business, the military, media and academia. It is a joint initiative of the UK ambassador to Paris, David Cameron’s former chief of staff of Ed Llewellyn, and the French […]

Not going to say ‘told you so,’ Mrs May – oh, I just did!

Posted on 3 June 2017 | 4:06pm

It seemed like such a good idea at the time, didn’t it, to call an election with the anti-Brexit backlash seemingly weakening, Labour languishing in the polls, Theresa May’s ratings high, and the right wing media portraying her as some kind of cross between Thatcher, the Queen and Boudicca. It does not seem like such […]

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 […]