What We Think: Ben’s Blog

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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Podcastic

It is common for people to mistake me for an extreme extrovert – someone who not only is socially confident but would much rather be in a group, at a party, in a crowd, anywhere with others... Read more

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Sam Williams hits double top

My great friend, Sam Williams is 40 today. There is only one thing for that. A list of the fourty reasons I like – no, love – this extraordinary, unique man. He loves sport – really... Read more

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Hats off to Dr J in her first week back at work

I met my wife nearly ten years ago to the day. We worked in the same organisation although in different teams. I knew pretty quickly that I had met someone really special – someone really,... Read more

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The Mog; time for everyone to calm down

The silly season is over. The time of the year when politics goes quiet as MPs hit the beaches and go on their walking holidays. The time of the year when the media fills the August airwaves and... Read more

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Turning the page on a new chapter

It’s hard to reach one of life’s major milestones and not fall into lazy cliche. To resort to the language of the reality TV show. To talk of journeys and growing and learning and... Read more

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