The destruction of David Owen's career was a personal tragedy for him - jeered at, spat upon, abused and threatened, he settled for a quieter life. But his story is our tragedy, too. In our politics, the way we run it, the way we like it, the righteous are mashed up and spat out.
Do you want my alternative take on David Cameron's row with the bishops over benefits, John Bercow's attack on yobbish MPs and Tony Blair's advice to Rebekah Brooks and the Murdochs over phone hacking? With a special guest appearance from author and activist Owen Jones thrown in for free?
The comical jolt to the awards podium of news You'd think a George Clooney film being released on Valentine's Day would garner a very familiar torren...
With the Sochi Winter Olympics well under way and the conduct of our global leaders and their policies firmly in the spotlight, I thought it'd be helpful to produce a guide to some abiding political principles, quotations and notes that aspiring politicians and politicos can use to make sense of the madcap crazy political world we live in. Enjoy.
We must set better regulation and improve scrutiny before handing out public sector contracts the size of NPfIT, so that no company is able to dupe our government and its shareholders into thinking it is capable of contracts it is not.
I have never met Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor, but I could not help but sit up and take notice when he said publicly that he is back on anti-depressants to help him fight his mental illness.
No-one wants to be "judgmental" these days. But let's put sects such as the Amish, Hasidim and Salafis, not into simplistic little boxes based on prejudice and lack of understanding, but along a spectrum of conviviality and civility.
In these dim, dark days, there are many things to enjoy about Tony Blair's non-affair with Rupert Murdoch's ex, Wendi Deng. Wendi and Tony have contributed greatly not just to the national merriment but to the merriment of the world. Thank you! A grateful globe salutes you!
On Sunday, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote an opinion piece for British newspaper The Observer. In it, he asserts that the wars of the 21st century are "less likely to be the product of extreme political ideology - like those of the 20th century - but they could easily be fought around the questions of cultural or religious difference".
Another jam-packed Davos has come to an end, and with it, numerous business deals secured - it is understood that AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, has discussed potential European acquisitions with the region's top telecommunications official, Neelie Kroes - as well as policy ideas between governments thrashed out behind closed doors...
Last week, I attended my sixth Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland. I attended many of the sessions in and out of the forum and there was no shortage of women's faces. But appearances can be deceptive. Many women attending did so, not as delegates but as staffers or spouses of the delegates. Sadly this year among the 2,500 delegates, only 16% were female, down from 17% in 2013 - its highest ever. Yet, despite this, there was a real feeling that it was time to get serious about ensuring that 50% of the world's population get their fair share of the world's resources.
Tony Blair said yesterday that the battles of the coming century may no longer be centred around 'extreme political ideology' but 'questions of cultural or religious difference'. He's almost right.
When Tony Blair claims it is religious or cultural difference that will fuel 21st century wars, not the ideologies that caused past wars (The Observer, January 26, 2014) he shows only a skewed notion of religion's place in society and history. He projects a narrow idea of what it means to be religious, and diverts attention from other, more systemic problems.
Do you want my alternative take on the Lib Dem sex scandals, the attempt to arrest Tony Blair, Ed 'The Arsonist' Miliband and the Ukip weather forecast? Here it is in 60 seconds...
Last weekend, a former UK Prime Minister was ambushed and verbally berated by a brazen bar worker (Mr. Garcia). Whilst serving the former PM as he dined in an east London restaurant, Mr. Garcia believed it appropriate to perform "a citizen's arrest for a crime against peace...". A few days after this extraordinary episode took place, the UK national newspapers gave front page honour to the incident.
Why is it that so many of our political giants, from Obama to Blair, let us down? And what is it about Mandela that made him somehow immune to the public image damage that is the standard bi-product of political office?