Category: “Politics

Today’s mental health debate in Parliament really matters; and a footnote on continuing reshuffle cockupery

Posted on 14 September 2012 | 9:09am

Out early-ish today to do breakfast telly (sandwiched between discussions on Kate Middleton’s breasts and Cheryl Cole’s hair) on the Mental Health Discrimination Bill which is getting its second reading in the Commons right now. One or two people even more Labour tribal than I am got a bit antsy at my expressing support and […]

On the Olympic magic dust still sprinkling; my charity swear-off with Malcolm Tucker; and Boris mania

Posted on 11 September 2012 | 4:09pm

I was really determined not to drone on about the Olympics any more, but having just been to City trader BGC’s charity day, I feel I have to. Because the Olympic spirit was alive and well and wafting around spreading its goodness whenever an Olympian or Paralympian ventured near. BGC has had a September 11 […]

Feeling sad as the Games near end. Let’s keep the spirit going thru legacy, joining in and by celebrating the volunteers

Posted on 8 September 2012 | 4:09pm

I’m writing this on the train to Manchester, where I will be downing a few plateloads of pasta, trying to get a decent sleep, then waking up to the prospect of a bike ride to Birmingham to help raise funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Pedal for Petrov campaign. As I do so, I […]

In defence of change: A response to guest blog attacking review of children’s heart surgery services

Posted on 6 September 2012 | 6:09am

On Sunday I posted this guest blog from Kathryn Batten on the review of children’s heart services. As a result, some of the local papers in the areas covered by the review have reported that I was ‘stepping into the campaign’. In fact, as Kathryn knows, I have always been clear that on a subject […]

Reshuffle takes UK closer to America, not in a good way, and misses the point of London 2012

Posted on 5 September 2012 | 8:09am

I woke up this morning to an avalanche of tweets in response to my asking on the way home from Stratford last night why the US, so dominant in Olympic sport, appear to be so relatively marginal in the Paralympics. It is never possible to predict what will get a big reaction on twitter, but […]

Dear Mr Cameron: Please create a new Department for Sport and Olympics Legacy in reshuffle

Posted on 3 September 2012 | 6:09am

There are two big events going on this week, both of which will see people most Brits haven’t heard of till now being propelled to greater prominence. The first is the Paralympics and the day by day, hour by hour rollout of some of the most remarkable sporting and human endeavors of our time. The […]

Lansley must give more detailed answers on children’s heart surgery review – guest blog

Posted on 2 September 2012 | 11:09am

Fairly low under the political radar, a review has been going on into the issue of children’s heart surgery. Thankfully, the number of children likely to require heart surgery is small, so it is not an issue directly to affect the majority. But to those it does affect, nothing could be more important. So with […]

In hiding away ‘inside Ecuador’ Assange is helping a leader whose media policies Wikileaks should be exposing

Posted on 30 August 2012 | 4:08pm

First, before getting onto the subject in the headline, a restatement of the basic message in my excessive tweets re last night’s Paralympics opening ceremony. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Danny Boyle’s Olympics ceremony made me proud to be British, and proud to be Northern. Last night’s made me proud to be a citizen of a country […]

On Romney and Ryan, strategy and tactics – piece for TIME magazine

Posted on 24 August 2012 | 3:08pm

Following my blog on Mitt Romney appointing Paul Ryan as his running mate, TIME magazine asked me to write a piece for their international edition. Here it is. To win a campaign, you have to make the weather. It is one of my golden rules. But whereas the real weather is measurable to the last […]

For Romney, read McCain; for Ryan, read Palin. Good tactics, bad strategy. Obama can smile

Posted on 14 August 2012 | 11:08am

This is not hindsight speaking, because I said at the time of John McCain’s appointment of Sarah Palin as his running mate that it was ‘tactically brilliant, strategically disastrous.’ I have said it many times since, as The McCain-Palin blunder is one of my favourite case studies when out and about talking on why strategy […]