My esteemed colleague Simon Calder had a fine article in The Independent on Thursday about the higher costs of holidays outside school terms. It is not online for reasons unknown to me, so I reproduce it here.
What I like about it is the patient way Calder rolls with the punch of popular irritation at things [...]
I have a short comment in The Independent magazine today about why I am supporting the Seattle Seahawks in tomorrow’s Super Bowl. Spoiler: it is because their quarterback, Russell Wilson, is black. It is not a good reason, as I admit, but it is how I do American football. If one of my teams (Eagles [...]
The Labour leader tonight confirms that he will support the change to the rules of future party leadership elections which I outlined in The Independent on Sunday. Some fellow Blairites have been worried that there must be a catch: that the trade union leaders could not really have been persuaded to give up the leverage [...]
I saw Schindler’s List again over Christmas, for the first time in some years. It’s a flawed movie – exactly how flawed is a subject deserving of its own post – but gets a lot more right than wrong and remains, I think, mainstream Hollywood’s best attempt to portray the Holocaust.
While the film is rightly [...]
Sir Jeremy Heywood’s interview with Anthony Seldon, recorded in March last year, but only recently released is a first for a number of reasons
The thing that foreign leaders most want to talk to Tony Blair about is his Delivery Unit. Many governments and local governments are using what it learned about how to improve public services, especially education, with advice from Sir Michael Barber (pictured), who was head of the Delivery Unit 2001-05.
Barber’s most ambitious project is in Punjab, [...]
It wasn’t so long ago I was that kind of atheist. You know what I mean; the kind who spend as much time congratulating themselves for being right – by endlessly sharing sarcastic cartoons and YouTube clips of Christopher Hitchens, for example – as making their case.
We are right, of course, but as I grew [...]
Tony Blair was in Egypt yesterday, and in an interview with Sky News Arabia which is due to be broadcast today, urged other countries to “get behind” the military government:
My view is, when I look at the region, I see it as one picture with different parts to it, but there’s one big picture, which [...]
To make up for the strange absence of pointless speculation about the future leadership of the Labour Party, I suggested in The Independent on Sunday that Gloria De Piero might be a good bet. I went into more detail in a blog post here.
One feature of the field is the number of women candidates who [...]
Depression Diary, Part 1
My name is Tom Doran, and I am a clinical depressive.
Some of you already know that, if you read the column I wrote on the subject in November 2012. I tried to convey how it feels inside my head when things are at their worst:
I am a worthless excuse for a human [...]
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