Lost struggles

Last week, Sally Brampton walked into the sea and died. Her editorial and authorial skills were widely admired, and her death caused a lot of sadness. For a few days, mental illness amongst the famous was back in the news. I thought that the media coverage of her death was pretty appropriate in tone, but […]

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¡No pasarán!

People who have a religious faith say that it affects everything they do, though it mostly goes unstated. I suppose that political convictions are similar. It is wrong for doctors to use their clinical relationship with patients as a platform for political proselytisation, but health and health care are deeply political matters. In a job […]

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Insurgency in theatre greens

The junior doctors’ dispute has induced a mood of apocalyptic gloom everywhere that the medical profession gathers. Moaning has always been part of medical culture, but none of us have ever seen anything remotely like this before. The entire profession is very apprehensive about the forthcoming strike, despite extraordinary levels of support for Dr Malawana […]

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‘Brexit’: who came up with that?

Three weeks ago I received my Senior Railcard. I have left middle age behind and can spend my remaining years travelling in cut-price comfort. This milestone was quickly followed by another. I was included as a signatory in a letter in the Times (read it here). There were an awful lot of us; I was […]

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Do the right thing

The Labour Party is not being terribly effective in making arguments for staying in the European Union. Having lost the General Election, the Party has become preoccupied with factional strife.  They are like a football team that has gone one down and spends more time arguing about goal keeping technique than preventing a second goal. […]

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Intolerance

Stephen Fry’s programme ‘The Not So Secret Life of a Manic-Depressive: 10 Years On’ has aggravated a group of senior academic clinical psychologists. Professor Richard Bentall has received a lot of support on Twitter for blogging an open letter to Stephen Fry, which you can read here. Essentially, Bentall feels that Stephen Fry, who is […]

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