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 [...]
The profile of Barack Obama by David Remnick in The New Yorker a week ago is terrific. It is long: 16,000 words. I have already commented on it here and here, but I have only just finished reading it all. If you don’t have time for the whole thing, just read the end, where Remnick [...]
As a child, I read a non-fiction book called The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms, and it was wonderful. The author told a story of forbidding complexity spanning thousands of years and nearly as many characters, without ever losing focus on the underlying physics or going beyond reach of the layman. [...]
Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, has been on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show defending the 50p tax rate. I support it, but have to say that the way Balls makes the argument is almost enough to put me off. As I eainxpled (such a good typo I’m leaving it) yesterday, the £10bn extra raised [...]
Atheists of the fluffy, conciliatory variety will be delighted to hear that Richard Dawkins, scourge of Twitter and bane of believers, has discovered the joys of live-and-let-live. He might, at any moment, threaten to teach the world to sing.
What could have occasioned this epiphany? Perhaps he’s concluded that calling billions of parents the world over [...]
One of the highlights of the World Economic Forum in Davos this year was talking to Lord Stern, the renowned economist and now President of the British Academy.
I found another excellent map of the United States on the Amazing Maps Twitter feed yesterday, showing Google autocomplete results for each state when you type in “Why is [state] so”.
Naturally, I spent the next 15 minutes typing the countries of the European Union into Google to see what it came up with for them.
The Labour Party could have a new leader in 18 months’ time, and in The Independent on Sunday today I try to remedy the curious absence of speculation about who it might be.*
This involves the latest intelligence on the rule changes to be voted on at the special conference on 1 March, which will almost [...]
Ed Balls was on the Andrew Marr show this morning, doing a reasonable job of defending what has long been his policy, of returning the top rate of income tax to 50p in the pound as long as there is an abnormal deficit.
Balls said he did not want a permanent 50p rate, gently re-opening the [...]
New Liberalism’s practitioners, primarily a young and vigorous Home Secretary named Winston Churchill, and David Lloyd George at the Treasury, delighted in taking on vested interests
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