Feeling Afraid

People are feeling afraid.   Afraid of getting sick. Afraid of dying. Afraid of losing loved ones. Afraid of being left alone. Afraid of losing their jobs. Afraid of losing their minds. Afraid of not being able to pay the rent. Afraid of not having enough. Afraid of the unknown.   People are feeling really,... Continue Reading →

Fifty Things

Who doesn’t love a good list? And since today is my 50th birthday, I thought I’d come up with 50 things I’ve learned along the way. From the sublime to the ridiculous. Love is everything Marrying my best friend was one of my better life decisions Being a dad is a privilege  Every contact leaves... Continue Reading →

Crossing the Line

Today was one of those unexpected days. I found myself on stage at the Cambridge Theatre - home of Matilda The Musical - talking to an audience of a thousand people about my new book. There were a number of writers there - including Sarfraz Manzoor, Rachel Clarke, Matthew Syed and Jess Phillips - and... Continue Reading →

Why We Joined

A tweet from the journalist Kay Burley caught my eye this morning. It was about nurses.  More specifically, it was about concerns raised by the Royal College of Nursing that a majority of their members believe that they cannot provide the standard of care they want for their patients. An RCN spokesperson had this to... Continue Reading →

A Litany of Failure

When it comes to policing, the government of the last ten years has been wrong about pretty much everything.  From the moment in 2010 that David Cameron moved into Downing Street and Theresa May took up residence in the Home Office, it was evident that police reform was high on their agendas. In fact, it... Continue Reading →

Officer Down

As the world moves on, it leaves behind a broken-hearted bride, married just four weeks ago. Officer down. Most give what they can; some give all they have. PC Andrew Harper was one of those who gave everything, killed in the line of duty on the night of Thursday 15th August 2019.  I never had... Continue Reading →

The Stop & Search Debate

Another day. Another grim set of headlines about boys being murdered on our streets. And, inevitably, the Stop & Search debate comes back round again. Depressingly, the prevailing tone has become more and more binary - a back-and-forth argument between those who regard Stop & Search as the root of all evil and those who... Continue Reading →

The Missing 20,000

I find myself caught somewhere between incredibly angry and wearily lost for words.  A week or two ago, Sajid Javid - the current Home Secretary - pledged that, if he became prime minister, he would put 20,000 more police officers on the streets. Speaking on the radio a few days ago, Boris Johnson suggested that... Continue Reading →

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