Published in the The Psychiatrist
Commentary on… Psychiatry and politicians
See special article, pp. 140-145, and commentary, pp. 148-150, this issue.
“Lord Owen has alerted us to the dangers of ill health in heads of government, especially if they strive to keep their illnesses secret. The description of the hubris syndrome is still at an early stage but Owen has provided psychiatrists and other physicians with useful guidance …
Dear Sir Gus
I am writing to you as Cabinet Secretary regarding my concern about constitutional implications surrounding the Health and Social Care Bill. I am well aware that it is acceptable for a Secretary of State, once a Bill has received its Second Reading in the House of Commons, to take certain steps in relation to Bills that are before Parliament. I have consulted the Clerks in Parliament and …
Published on the Thursday, 31 March 2011
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Prior to the 2010 General Election David Cameron, who was to become the new Prime Minister in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition, had brilliantly defused the NHS as an issue which traditionally had won votes for Labour and lost votes for the Conservatives.
THURSDAY 31 MARCH 2011
Lord Owen (Crossbench)
The NHS is dear to us all, and the care and health professions have made a difference to pretty well every family in this country. However, the 353 pages of the Health and Social Care Bill are a massive reform, and we should not underrate the basic fatal flaws in this legislation, although of course there is much that we can all recommend …
CentreForum debate to mark the 30th anniversary of the formation of the SDP, Monday, 22 March 2011
A Message from David Owen
I wish I could have been with you to hear and contribute to the debate but I am in Germany.
I genuinely believe that all of us who were in the SDP can in our individual ways justly claim to be its heirs. No one political party, member …
Published in the Daily Mirror Friday, 18 March 2011
If you are watching the crises unfold throughout the Middle East, Britain’s approach might seem schizophrenic.
While the UK’s official response to crackdown in Libya was vocal against the Libyan authorities and in favour of the rebels, in Bahrain the response has been almost mute by comparison.
In part this is becauseof vested reasons Britain has deep interests in maintaining links …
Published in the Independent Sunday, 13 March 2011
The referendum on AV has, unsurprisingly, generated very limited enthusiasm. People know they are being used as part of a fix between politicians unwilling to trust voters and let them have a free choice between proportional representation as well as AV and the status quo. Fixes happen in Parliament, but they have no place in the referendum.
Published in the Sunday Times Sunday, 27 February 2011
For now the priority must be safeguarding the people of Libya, but Western powers must take a long, hard look at how it got this far at all
The appalling handling of Gadaffi since he came to power in 1969 raises some fundamental questions. In the next few weeks, the priority must be to safeguard people’s lives in Libya. National governments …