New website, new look, new book, New European, new and old battles to fight

OK, I’ve listened. I’ve listened to people like the wonderfully named James Ski, who stood up at a mental health event I was speaking at, and said ‘I’m a big fan, but your website’s shit.’ His considered advice was that it was old-fashioned and hard to use...

My film on the Mail – and why it is good for the soul to rip it up

I know, I know, I am almost sixty years old, a grown man even  ... and yes, if my Mum was still alive, she'd say 'tut, tut, Alastair, why are you bothering to make a film about that silly man from the Daily Mail that most people have never heard of, and none but his...

Swimming in the Blue Lagoon - don’t think I have ever been this far west in Wales… absolutely beautiful. Not easy getting out on the rocks but what a lovely place to swim ...

Tree of the Day this one in deepest darkest West Wales popping out above the daffs, the post box and the painted white wall ...

Really pleased @ediramaal has become the first Albanian PM to be invited on an official visit to the UK. A big man with a big agenda. A three term election winner who despite all 🇦🇱 challenges has modernised his country in a way few could have imagined when he began. Of course crime and the boats issue on the agenda but there is so much else that makes up a strong 🇬🇧 🇦🇱 relationship now and into the future. And though no doubt some Tories will think his voluble support for New Labour as a guide and inspiration to his politics and policies was a dig at them, it was as much a reminder to Labour leaders since New Labour though thankfully @keirstarmer has corrected the imbalance in recent years. ...

So LINK IN BIO for new @restispolitics q and a covering all sorts of stuff. But meanwhile a surreal highlight from last night’s sold out Palladium live show as @rorystewartuk channels his comedic hero Cheeky Chappy Max Miller. As for the blue MM joke he told … too early to reveal!! Little did I know when we started out that we would be playing packed theatres and Rory would be dancing like this!! There was lots of serious politics too though. And whereas on Tuesday to audience vote on whether Johnson was honest or dishonest was 1-2899 last night it was 0-2900. Great to see @rahimamahmut with her son and hear the wonderful ovation for her when I pointed her out. Check out latest LEADING to know why. ...

Backstage. A minute to go. @restispolitics live at the London Palladium. I am limiting discussion of the Johnson Lie-Athole to five mins. We have seen heard and said enough. Be gone ...

Of all the recent polls this is the one Labour should take most heart from. It shows that the deranged right wing papers, despite their relentless campaign of peerage-and-knighthood-hunting bullshit, is rejected. It shows too that if you campaign to urge people to believe their own eyes and ears and not the rubbish fed by much of our media, you can win through. ...

Mmmm. Looks like someone might be getting fed up with Johnson blaming the civil service the whole time. ...

In addition to doing @restispolitics live last night at the Palladium we recorded a new episode of the main podcast which is out now LINK IN BIO or wherever you get your podcasts. As always when face to face the tech problems were eased and we got through loads and loads. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 at a crossroads with a new First Minister within days. The love in between 🇨🇳 and 🇷🇺 and what it means for the 🌎. The deal between 🇮🇷 and 🇸🇦. Chaos in 🇮🇱 and strikes and strife in 🇫🇷. 🇮🇶 20 years on. The Braverman right wing press trip to 🇷🇼 and @rorystewartuk visit to 🇹🇷 to help refugees from 🇸🇾 … all this and more but that’s enough flags for now! Enjoy ...

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