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...

To paraphrase Brian Clough, I am not saying this was the best day of my life but it is in the Top One. I have met many well known people but only one that I have mentioned every day since first meeting them. To play in a charity match with Maradona, and to train with him, was as good as life gets. He was still in so many ways like a kid who just loved to kick a ball. He wore his fame with difficulty at times but he was so nice to everyone involved in Soccer Aid and even men who had won World Cups were in absolute awe of him. The world will be talking of him, writing of him, making films about him for ever. Football is the greatest game on Earth and he was its greatest player RIP DIEGO LEGEND IDOL 💔 ...

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One of Fleet Street’s finest has passed away. Paul Callan was an enormous character, great fun to be with, and full of good (and bad) advice for young @dailymirror hacks making their way. He was also my favourite Old Etonian - because he never actually went there. He just pretended he had. But he could write a hell of a lot better than other Old Etonian columnists I could mention. RIP Paul and love and condolences to your family ...

Tree of the Day ...

I don’t know much about football but my dad talked about playing with Maradona with more pride than he spoke about anything else he’s achieved (even creating me!) RIP to the biggest ledge ever.

To paraphrase Brian Clough, I am not saying this was the greatest day of my life- but it was in the top one. I have met many well known people but only one that I make a point of mentioning every day. To play in a charity match with him was as as good as life gets. Genius. Idol

The 0.7 per cent was a manifesto commitment. So what else might in a couple of years or so not be sacred? The promises not to raise income tax, NI and VAT?

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