What We Think: Ben’s Blog

Pacing myself in London

My Nan taught me a way of handling rudeness; the ruder they are, the nicer you should be. There is something satisfying about receiving really poor customer service or just poor manners and returning... Read more

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Universal Credit; Theresa's Poll Tax?

Stories don’t have to be completely true to take hold in politics. The public gets a feeling about something and it can stick. The government is in real danger on Universal Credit of this being... Read more

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Another class day

As Storm Ophelia battered the island of Ireland and hit the west and north of England, I was making a whistle stop visit to London; a London hiding under a strange yellow blanket of mist (apparently... Read more

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Dads who want to succeed at home and work

It may be just me. It may be just my age. It may be just the I people I hang around with. Or it may be that there is something seriously going on. But everywhere I turn, I hear and see the same... Read more

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Definitely not a bridge too far

At midnight, the new £600m Mersey Gateway officially opened. This is a new bridge over the River Mersey connecting Widnes and Runcorn. It is the largest infrastructure project in England outside... Read more

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The King

Liverpool Football Club is 125 years old. If it lives for another 125 years I doubt it will find a more fitting person to name a stand after than Kenny Dalglish. He is the King of Anfield. He is the... Read more

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Flu jab was like being poked in the eye

It didn’t hurt – well, not much. The sharp scratch of my flu jab was bearable; I’ve had a lot worse, including the week of being being treated like a pin cushion when in hospital... Read more

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Grotesque culture of abuse, silence and complicity

Once again, journalists at The New York Times have proved again their credentials for shining a light on dark concerns of our world and fearing no power, money or status to telling the stories we... Read more

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It's good to talk.........#WorldMentalHealthDay

I have worked with a counsellor twice in my life so far. This followed two of the most difficult periods of my life. The first, when I lost my beloved Nan and her loss triggered in me some feelings I... Read more

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After the Lord Mayor's show.....

…….comes the dust cart. I know that feeling well today. Yesterday, Dr J, Miss J and I took our dearest friends for lunch at The Arts School in Liverpool; our favourite restaurant. It... Read more

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Turning up is not enough

We’ve all been there. We’re making our most important speech of the year; the hall is full, the TV cameras on and the images are being beamed all over the world. We have a sore throat and lose... Read more

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For you are always close to me.....

If there is such a thing as a brilliant funeral, Dr J and I went to it today. We joined what felt like half of St Helens to say goodbye to one of the finest men I’ve ever met – a grand... Read more

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A tale of two cities

The best thing to come out of Liverpool/Manchester (depending from which side of that equation you hail) is the M62 goes the old joke. What a load of dross. I travelled that well-trodden road today... Read more

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Nothing has changed

It was one of the lowest points of Theresa May’s ill-fated general election campaign – and there were plenty to choose from. The day she tried to argue black was white and white was black.... Read more

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Wanted for crimes against communication: Theresa May

Not for the first time in recent months, I had my head in my hands this morning as Theresa May tried to communicate. Not for the first time she failed, miserably. Tragically. My despair is partly... Read more

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