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Paying tribute to Malcolm Wicks

Something I wrote for the Co-operative Party following the announcement of Malcolm Wicks, my first boss in politics and someone who inspired me for many years. Malcolm’s memorial service is at Croydon Minster on 19 October. Timothy Godfrey wrote a fine tribute for Malcolm for LabourList. It was announced over the weekend that Labour MP and … Continue reading

Event tonight: Social justice and sustainability: do we have to choose?

SERA is supporting the following Progress event tonight in the House of Commons, chaired by our National Secretary Melanie Smallman. 18:00 to 19:30 Wilson Room, Portcullis House, HoC, SW1A 0AA Progress policy review series Labour in office took its environmental credentials seriously, as Mayor of London Ken Livingstone pioneered congestion charging but the voters of Manchester … Continue reading

#meatcrawl – burgers, brisket & Banglatown

Yesterday was #meatcrawl day, a trip round London feasting on beef, pork and lamb at some of the most hyped spots for carnivores. First up The Rye in Peckham, the latest place the Meatwagon has parked. The barman raved about the burger before we’d even sat down – hand-chopped steak, all assembled for you, perfect … Continue reading

Pink soup & Brixton sourdough

Heading off for #meatcrawl later this afternoon for meat at at least three locations so lunch needed to be light. Hence followed Abel & Cole’s recipe for cumin-flavoured beetroot soup with a slice of sourdough from Brixton Farmers’ Market. Except now I’m full.

FM Mangal – Camberwell

Perfectly decent Turkish on Camberwell Church St for dinner with parents, now with a shisha bar upstairs it seems. Food is standard fare, generous, presented well, but real bonus is super-friendly service every time I’ve been, not to mention the compliments on my Turkish pronunciation 🙂 FM Mangal, 54 Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8QZ

Spanish lunch

Well this was lunch today, some chorizo I bought in Santiago de Compostela fried up with some Jersey New Royals, fresh garlic and some roasted peppers. Missing some crusty bread, sadly.

Breakfast at the Lido Cafe

It’s the second time I have been to the Lido Cafe in Brockwell Park and its great strengths and occasional weaknesses remain, both largely down to its location and clientele – the food itself was great. It’s a splendid setting on a beautiful day like this, next to the hardy swimmers in the Lido with … Continue reading

Modern and mutual: How do we put people in control of public services?

This article appeared on ProgressOnline as a report on a session at Progress Annual Conference 2011: The odd blend of vague fudge and cynical spin that sums up the ‘big society’ inevitably blurs Labour’s response. Different strands of Labour, from the Co-operative Party to the thoughts of Tessa Jowell, Maurice Glasman and Blue Labour, have … Continue reading

Lessons from the NFL: There is a better way of running our football clubs

I wrote this article for Left Foot Forward: Today sees Super Bowl XLV, pitting the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s no surprise that the Packers are back in the final – they have won more league championships than any other team in the NFL. On the other hand, however, for the Packers to still compete at … Continue reading