Archive: Sep 2017

Time for Tories to get themselves together or else

The Tory Party always prided itself on being the natural party of government. It was known as the most ruthless, focused and successful political machine in he business. It had no truck with... Read more

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The Great Intruder

Churchill called it his “black dog”. Others talk about “the darkness”. Others don’t talk about it all. Whatever people do to handle their anxiety or depression, one... Read more

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National Poetry Day

I love the written and spoken word. Love it. Books. Newspapers. Posters. Tweets. Speeches. Lyrics. Poems.  Jokes. Blogs. SMS. WhatsApp. Letters. Emails. Anything written down; anything spoken out... Read more

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Back to school; forward to happiness

I like setting goals. I enjoy the process of making a plan to deliver it. I enjoy even more the chance to tick off the goal once completed. Today, I took another small step to achieving one of my... Read more

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Labour conference; talking to itself

I thought it in June; I know it now. Labour misheard and misread this year’s general election result. They misunderstood what their relative success – it was relative success based on the... Read more

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The true leader of the free world: Angela Merkel

Thank God for the mother. Mutti. The Chancellor of Germany. Angela Dorothea Merkel. In a world that seems overrun with populists, uncertainty, leaders who cannot lead and political figures who are... Read more

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Strictly Saturday - yes, it's back!

Forget the calendar. Forget the clocks going back. It’s officially the start of autumn and the downhill run into winter. How do I know? Easy. Strictly is back. At Casa Jones we make no apology... Read more

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Speeches matter

This has been a big week for speeches. President Trump at the UN. Aung San Suu Kyi on the Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis. Theresa May in Florence today. These three outings have all been headline... Read more

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The FA; time to blow the final whistle

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Surely if Benjamin Franklin had lived today he would have added a third thing to his famous pronouncement; the FA making... Read more

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The world has changed - it's time to get off the mat

One of my current pieces of work involves me interviewing, amongst others, a series of distinguished academics. I conduct these interviews by phone and as I am now halfway through around 50 such... Read more

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Variety is the spice of a wellbeing life

I started to write this sat looking out over Birkdale village. Cup of coffee for company. This scene and how I feel as I write epitomises the balance I have found to allow me to live my life to the... Read more

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Boris is Boris; don't we know it

As responses go, it’s wasn’t great. But then neither, sadly, is the Prime Minister. Today’s “Boris is Boris” quote is of course a repeat of Tony Blair’s famous... Read more

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'Tis the season for a conference

It is 24 years since I walked into the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for the first time and made my party conference debut. Yes, that is me in the photo, complete with a polo neck and very dodgy... Read more

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Keep it simple stupid

6:30. Up. Snuggles. Daddy. Play. Breakfast. Play. Snuggles. Play. Radio. Shower. Galvin. Goodbyes. Hug. Leave. Gear. Shoes. Sweater. Colder. Warm-up. Putt. Hello. Enjoy. Tee-off. Up. And. Down.... Read more

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A trip down memory lane

Today, a morning of nostalgia. A reminder of times past. A strong sense of deja vu. For the first time in around twenty years, I played golf at Grange Park Golf Club in St Helens – aka my... Read more

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Team Jones work-life balance 2.0; so far, so good

We are two weeks into our new arrangements at home – Dr J back at work three days a week – me doing those days on the pre-school run, time in the afternoons 121 with Aoife and cooking... Read more

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When your child is sick

Not for the first time I found myself admiring Nick Clegg today. He and his wife, Miriam, spoke inspiringly about their fourteen year old son’s recent battle with cancer and their rollercoaster... Read more

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Hillary Clinton; what happened

Hillary Clinton’s new book is out today. It is her verdict on the 2016 election. It is her attempt to tell her side of the most talked about election in history. Her post game analysis. Her... Read more

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9/11

Two numbers. No words. No explanation needed. A day those of us lived through can never forget. Events that don’t need to be described once you say “9/11”. It is hard to imagine... Read more

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