My Week: Phillip Blond

The Red Tory launches ResPublica, his think tank, on no sleep but plenty of coffee, and finds that he has as many new enemies in the media as friends


Monday


This is the day before the storm. I spend an instructive morning at the University of Cambridge talking to leading academics about the family and education policy.

I get a call from a journalist who wants to clear up my positions on markets and gay adoption. I say that I am in favour of free markets but think that neoliberalism had often produced monopoly outcomes. On gay adoption I say I had no contemporary problems with it, but in terms of the controversy two years ago over Catholic adoption agencies, I thought the Catholic view that a child needed a mother and father shouldn't have been outlawed; in a free society we need not fear diverse accounts as how to bring up children, and the Catholic view is not necessarily discriminatory and so their adoption agencies should not have been outlawed.

Tuesday

I wake up and the world has changed. One paper carries two articles facing completely different ways. It's great my ideas are receiving public airing, but the way I'm being portrayed is often false. This comes with the territory. I go to a breakfast in the House of Commons to get young people involved in politics, which is a big part of what I'd like to do. More organising for the launch, and then at night a policy dinner with the British Council, with tasty Baltic food.

Wednesday

My profile in The Independent is basically fair and balanced, which is all you can ask. The Times is more attacking, probably because it represents the failed liberal consensus. But I'm rather aghast at the level of publicity and interest. I have another breakfast meeting with some trade unions and some farmers. I'm careering around London organising the launch of ResPublica. An interview with Channel 4 News in Millbank turns out to be good fun. Then I do a seminar for the PM's strategy unit on the collapse of civil society. I start writing the speech around 8pm and work through until 6am, fuelled with coffee.

Thursday

The launch. I go on the Today programme on no sleep, which goes rather well. And then the Victoria Derbyshire show on Radio 5 Live too. I rush back home, get changed, don't have breakfast and get to the launch an hour early. This is the biggest launch of a think tank in London – ever. We have to close the doors of the overspill room. I meet David Cameron at the front of the National Liberal Club, and he's in a very positive mood. His diary's packed so it's very good of him to welcome us. I think my own speech goes well. Afterwards I can relax, have a couple of hours' sleep at home – and party at night.

Friday

Very much the morning after the night before. Plenty of coverage. Meetings throughout the day with various companies. All goes well. Off to a lecture by Baroness Williams in the evening. This weekend I'll finish off Red Tory, my book. The work never stops.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: Human Resources Manager

£28000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: A successful organisation...

Recruitment Genius: Internal Recruiter - Manufacturing

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Internal Recruiter (manufact...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager (CIPD) - Barking / East Ham - £50-55K

£50000 - £55000 per annum + 25 days holidays & benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Man...

Recruitment Genius: Operations / Project Manager

£40000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This software company specialis...

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones