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Mind the Words of President Fry

Now that the fuss has died down a bit, and Stephen Fry has made his extremely sincere and very genuinely unreserved apologies, it is time to think about what the actor, comedian and general knowledge buff, who  – extraordinary enough – is still in his post as president of Mind, actually said. First here’s what…
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Is anything in our wounded land getting any better?

This morning I received two letters that I want to share with you. Stroud-based Dr Richard House, who has been writing to national newspapers for several months pointing out the actions of our Wounded Leaders and often tracing them to the core issues, sent me his letter “Sorry seems to be the hardest word” just…
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The ‘quiet’ soldier, the Apparently Normal Personality’, and how we might save a bit more money

The not so quiet quitting – in fact the rather sudden and dramatic resignation – of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, apparently over a budget that gives tax breaks for the wealthy at the expenses of the disabled, has predictably thrown the Conservative Party  into further disarray. Boris must…
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A Fallen Star: hands off our heroes, Establishment!

I spent yesterday driving from southern to northern France on my way to Germany, flitting between the radio stations of the two countries, listening to all that was said about that newly fallen star, David Bowie. Behind all his creative antics that thrilled us so much, pushing the boundaries of art and rock and roll,…
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News for 2016

The last two years have seen an unprecedented increase in the interest in the psychological problems of boarding. My own psychohistory Wounded Leaders generated several commissioned articles, including two in The Guardian. In May 2015, Confer hosted their first conference on these issues, ‘The Establishment on the Couch’, featuring both Joy and Nick. An actor-read…
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Does the Establishment “feel entitled to abuse young people”?

Is there a connection between the entitlement that seems built in to the British Establishment and the prevalence and even normalisation of child abuse? This is a question that the New Zealand Judge Lowell Goddard who chairs the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse must not avoid. The Inquiry’s brief is to ‘investigate whether public…
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Bellicose bullying or the lessons of history? Take your pick!

At the same time as Britain’s Tory party is shamed by the tragic suicide of a young activist, their leader doesn’t fail to pull out all the bullying stops in his agenda to go to war again. It seems impossible to stop this endemic bullying. Only we, the voting public, have the power to not…
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PM’s question

On the day of the Syrian bombing vote, what  would you want to ask our chief Wounded Leader at Prime Minsister’s Questions? Here’s mine. “Has the Prime Minister considered the informed views of the ex-ISIS hostage, the French journalist Nicolas Henin (you can see his enlightened and realistic report and ideas here), that the most…
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Psychohistory for Paris: we must talk to the Shadow

How should we respond to the ghastly events in Paris? How do we want our leaders to respond? It is very difficult, but the crucial thing is that we should respond before reacting, which is often very difficult for our Wounded Leaders. Yet even the opinionated ex-boarder journalist Peter Hitchens, who has tried all political…
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What happens to truth when its no longer news? It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for the Goddess Veritas. Like them or loathe them, you have got to give the Tories some credit for their nerve. They pulled off one of the greatest con-tricks in political history, got away with it, despite our so-called…
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