Rob Atkinson

Actor, writer, columnist, global blogger.

Rob was born in West Yorkshire in 1961 and lives there still with his wife Tracy, whom he married in 1989. He has one daughter who lives and works in York, and he has in the past been a Welfare Rights Worker for many years with the Citizens Advice Bureau. Rob is an actor and writer, with two books in the pipeline and plans for more. He also contributes regular newspaper columns to many local titles throughout the north of England.

Thank You, Fifa, For Recognising The Poppy Symbol As An Individual Choice

The Fifa position was that the poppy fell under the definition of "a political or religious symbol" and therefore had no place in sport. It is a position from which Fifa has now, belatedly but sensibly and with more or less good grace, backed down. And that's good news for anyone who supports freedom of choice in matters of conscience and conviction.
07/11/2017 12:30 GMT

Corrie Needs To Rediscover Its Soul And Get Back To The Kitchen Sink

It's nothing to do with us any more. And yet it still has its following, people are glued to it much more than twice a week now, watching inferior acting around ridiculously thin story-lines. It's probably some kind of rough TV justice; if we like whatever we're given, we deserve whatever we get.
11/05/2017 16:32 BST

Doukara's Screamer For Leeds Utd Is An Instant Man Flu Cure

Doukara's volley changed all that, it's given me a proper fillip and probably earned me a good healthy night's sleep before tomorrow's capital adventure. And for all of that - and for the three points at the expense of the Twiglets - I am, believe you me, most profoundly grateful.
27/01/2017 12:45 GMT

Leeds United Legend Gordon Strachan in Elland Road Return

The word "legend" is bandied about all too freely in matters showbiz and sporting, but there <em>are</em> a handful of performers in both spheres who truly merit the accolade. One such, in the context of Leeds United Football Club at least, is current Scotland manager and former United captain and hero <strong>Gordon Strachan</strong>.
17/10/2016 12:12 BST

The Timing of Labour's Sudden Bout of Puritan Zeal is Deeply Suspicious at Best

What seems certain above all is the need to get this election over with, and to move on with a massively renewed mandate for our leader. And then - it will be time for top down reform and the redefinition of the party in the image of Corbyn and McDonnell. Having seen the desperate determination of the enemy within, and the lengths to which they will go - nothing less than a ruthless removal of such elements will now do.
20/09/2016 10:10 BST

Brassed Off: Class War Drama Is A Class Act On The Yorkshire Stage

As a fine piece of theatre, <em>Brassed Off</em> is strongly recommended and deservedly attracted the attention of the local BBC <em>Look North</em> programme, which prominently featured the production in the middle of its run. But as a raw and gritty slice-of-life take on some of the most troubled times anyone can remember since the last war, it's genuinely important - and a very timely reminder of the industrial heritage we all still share.
07/09/2016 16:03 BST

Labour Party Putsch: The Traitors' Dilemma

The die is cast, the ringleaders are known, their motives are nakedly obvious for all to see. The Parliamentary Labour Party coup, conceived months ago to be hatched when the timing was right, has <em>not</em> gone well so far. Firstly, several previous anticipated opportunities have failed to materialise. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour was fancied to lose the Oldham by-election, but it held the seat and the plotters, poised quivering and eager to pounce, had to slink frustrated back into the undergrowth.
01/07/2016 17:01 BST

Elbow Merchant Fellaini Should Not Have a Palace Date at Wembley

Louis van Gaal, the current manager of Manchester United, is a confusing figure. Frequently disarming and able to display a self-deprecating humour, he's occasionally also abrasive and blinkered. Sometimes, he's just downright weird, a facet of his personality that came to the fore after the most recent act of thuggery from one of his least admirable players, a certain Monsieur Fellaini.
06/05/2016 11:06 BST

Spurs as Champions? The Very Idea Lacks That Ring of Authenticity

Leicester City, Champions of England. It has a ring of authenticity to it that's been hard fought for and deeply merited. Whereas "Champions Spurs" - well, it just doesn't sound right. It sounds instead like cheap fiction; and, as long as the club and the fans retain their current losers' mindset, that's just how it will remain.
28/04/2016 15:42 BST

It Was the Man Utd Myth, Not the Job, That Was Too Big for Moyes

This has not been about David Moyes at all. His sad fate would have been the natural destiny of <em>any</em> inheritor of what was clearly a poisoned chalice, made more poisonous by the addition of that lethal factor of self-delusion. Because Manchester United have succeeded in convincing themselves that they are something special; the Biggest Club in the World.
22/04/2014 11:24 BST

Bedroom Tax - Finally Killed by Plain Old Common-Sense?

The Bedroom Tax - <em>the</em> most ill-conceived, misbegotten, malicious and counter-productive piece of misguided legislation since - well, since the Poll Tax - may just have been dealt a fatal blow by a Tribunal judge wielding the trusty old sword of common-sense.
10/02/2014 12:25 GMT

No Fat-Cat Whinging, Please, Over Labour's Removal of the 'Spare Bentley Subsidy'

Oh, I'm sorry - you Tories out there still refer to it as the "top rate of Income Tax", don't you? That's very <em>passé</em>, you know - and more than a little misleading, also. After all, the country's in a mess - substantially more of a mess than it was in when our benign Coalition government assumed unelected power in 2010, actually.
27/01/2014 15:05 GMT