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Cameron’s conkers add to his problem with serious opinion

Posted on 2 December 2009 | 10:12am

I was up in Bolton for a mental health conference yesterday, then out at a dinner, and so missed all the news all day and by the time I got in, I just wanted to get to bed. But I was aware that yesterday a very important political leader had made a very important speech on […]

Sarko at risk of riling Obama and GB. Cameron on conkers

Posted on 1 December 2009 | 10:12am

A couple of weeks ago, a French magazine asked me to write a piece about the relationship between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy. We might like to think that politics and diplomacy is all about issues, policies, ideals, and there is a fair bit of that. But there is no point pretending personalities do not come […]

The life and death of the man who made the link between exercise and health

Posted on 28 November 2009 | 11:11am

Until yesterday, I had never heard of Professor Jerry Morris. Yet a fascinating obituary in The Times made me wish I had. Maybe it is because I am now on the back nine of life, as over 50s golfers call it, that I read obituaries more than I used to. It is also – another […]

Even top Tories think Dave and Co can’t do piss up in a brewery

Posted on 27 November 2009 | 8:11pm

Can’t wait to see what prominence the Dave C fanzines give to the views of Mr Stephen Greenhalgh in the morning press. This is the man who suggested that the inexperience of the current shadow cabinet is so serious that they have not even run a piss up in a brewery. So what, you say, […]

Mind Mental Health Media Awards

Posted on 27 November 2009 | 9:11am

Well done BBC Inside Sport. Shame on media for news blackout on Coulson bullying case

Posted on 26 November 2009 | 1:11pm

First of all, congratulations to BBC Inside Sport for its film last night on depression in sport. Gabby Logan’s sensitive and revealing interviews with cricketer Marcus Trescothick, boxer Frank Bruno, footballer Neil Lennon and All Black rugby star John Kirwan were not just good TV. They will also help the continuing campaign to break down […]

Well done BBC in Mental Health Media awards. Looking forward to Inside Sport on depression tonight

Posted on 25 November 2009 | 10:11am

I am out tonight recording the voiceover for a new official Burnley FC DVD – stay with me, stay with me, this is not another Burnley blog, I promise. I’m just hoping I get back in time for Inside Sport on BBC1 at 1045, which has a feature on depression in sport. From the trailers […]

BBC main bulletin blackout on leaders’ speeches bizarre

Posted on 24 November 2009 | 10:11am

The economy is always fundamental to any election, and the debates upon it therefore central to the choice faced by voters. So yesterday, with all three main party leaders speaking to the CBI, was a useful and surely newsworthy opportunity for the leaders to set out their stalls, and for the public get a chance […]

Business right to be worried about Tory axe on RDAs

Posted on 23 November 2009 | 10:11am

If a clutch of business groups had attacked an important Labour policy when we were in Opposition, I think you would have heard of it. Front page news, ramped across the TV channels, you’d have heard it. Had the CBI, The British Chambers of Commerce and the EEF manufacturers’ group all attacked our decision to […]

Why should Brown and Cameron apologise for being seen to pay tribute to the war dead?

Posted on 22 November 2009 | 11:11am

Having taken a potshot at David Cameron for hiring a personal photographer, I suppose I ought to be pleased that this has landed him in a spot of bother. But I’m afraid I cannot get wound up over the complaint by Westminster Abbey that Cameron and Gordon Brown had their pictures taken without permission in […]