What We Think: Ben’s Blog

The corrosive culture in the Westminster village

As readers of this blog will now, I am a big supporter of MPs in general. They work much harder than the popular portrayal of them in the media and around the country suggests. It is an endless job... Read more

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What an awful time to be in public life

There was once a time – not that long ago – when I wanted, no desperately wanted, to play a role in public life. To enter parliament. To become an MP. I stood for election in 2010 as part... Read more

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Thriving at work

Let’s start with the good news. There has been significant media and social coverage today of the Stevenson and Farmer review on mental health at work; “Thriving At Work”,... Read more

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The power of loss and remembrance

Testing my memory, sense of direction and knowledge of Cardiff city centre, I decided to walk from my meeting at the university, near the Welsh Government building in Cathays Park, back to the... Read more

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Speaking out about mental health helps others

I just watched Clarke Carlisle and his wife, Carrie, talking to Five Live’s Aidan Childes today about their experiences during his mental health struggles. This included Clarke going missing... Read more

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PhDay

I’ve spent much of today working on my PhD. I am currently working with my supervisor as we prepare a paper for a major international conference on strategic communication. It is a tangible and... Read more

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I'm sold

It’s a great sign – literally – when the for sale sign outside the house you are buying ticks over from “for sale” to “sold”. When we arrived at our “new house” this morning... Read more

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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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