What We Think: Ben’s Blog

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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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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