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The Thatcherite Ratchet?

Keith Joseph helped to overturn a generation of post-war so-called Keynesian consensus by inspiring Margaret Thatcher to privatise major nationalised industries and coined the phrase ‘the socialist ratchet’ to illustrate his then-radical beliefs1Rhodes Boyson had a phrase, ‘slow-quick-quick-slow foxtrot to socialism’,… Continue reading →

A list of non-contradictory* statements about mental health

The death of Robin Williams is making me ruminate about mental health and how charities like Mind (who I work for) communicate about it. The following is me trying to make sense of things  – it’s probably not coherent, I… Continue reading →

Metaphor and mental illness

A jumble of thoughts… I’ve been reading a lot of George Lakoff recently. He shows how metaphor dominates our language and behaviour. Here’s a bit of Wikipedia: Metaphor has been seen within the Western scientific tradition as purely a linguistic construction. The… Continue reading →

“Do something, so we can change it”

Brad Bird’s anecdote of Gower Champion, the theatre and film director of the 30s, who walked into a theatre to see the cast just standing around on the stage, the choreographer just sitting there in the second row with his head in his hands. Gower goes “What’s going on?” “I just don’t know what to do next”, the choreographer goes. Gower replies “Well do something, so we can change it!
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Brad Bird’s anecdote of Gower Champion, the theatre and film director of the 30s, who walked into a theatre to see the cast just standing around on the stage, the choreographer just sitting there in the second row with his… Continue reading →

‘The Bob Test’ for online donation

Mark Lawson’s recent interview with Bob Geldof revealed that lessons about usability can come from nearly 30 years ago. When reminded of his infamous swearing on Live Aid in 1985 Bob says to Mark: “I was complaining about the fact… Continue reading →

Why the Radio Times is hated by celebrities

Jamie Oliver is not the first celebrity to get grief from being quoted in the Radio Times. The fact that his comments in that mag about people in poverty buying cheesy chips and big TVs (instead of fresh pasta with tomatoes… Continue reading →

Social media and the last taboo

2015 note: I wrote this in 2010 while I was working at the mental health charity Rethink, but left there in late 2014. I should feel very guilty. Every day I deliberately try to bring people with mental health problems… Continue reading →

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