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“My first interviews and profiles were as chair of Relate at a time of considerable heat over ‘get-married, stay-married’, the rights and wrongs of less adversarial divorce, and whether and how people could improve their relationships. None of the interviews from this period were publicly posted, being pre-internet, but they may be somewhere in the BBC, Channel4 or ABC archives. My more recent and available interviews are about politics and government, mainly in the periphery of the mainstream media. Established news channels have as much difficulty as the politicians seeing the real sources of problems. The UK is desperately short of original intellects.”

Media Interviews

Ed Straw: The revolutionary brother

Published by: BBC Online
Date: 2014
Summary: “Ed Straw, brother of long-serving Labour cabinet minister Jack, is fed up with the way the UK is governed and says it’s time for a revolution.
It’s the little things which show how bad things are – the traffic jam on the same stretch of the M25 every day for year after year, the extortionate price of buying ink for printers, or the lengthy closure of a Tube line.
The man who started delivering leaflets aged six, and who shared a stage with Harold Wilson when leader of Manchester University’s students’ union in 1970, used to think that voting was a civic duty.
But after years of seeing governments in the UK and elsewhere fail he began to wonder if the non-voters were “the only rational people amongst us”, avoiding the “flawed world of hope and disappointment, of vision and frustration”. Keep Reading

Media Interviews

Bookbag Talks To Ed Straw

Published by: thebookbag.co.uk
Date: 2014
Summary: “Bookbag: When you close your eyes and imagine your readers, who do you see?
Ed Straw: Anyone and everyone who wants something to change. Who either don’t vote or are reluctant voters, and who see through the political babble…...” Keep Reading

Media Interviews

‘Self-serving bureaucracy’ – Ed Straw on how to stop government failures

Published by: Russia Today
Date: 2014
Summary: Ed Straw, author of Stand and Deliver: A Design for Successful Government, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about how to make governments work. He argues that it is not the people at fault, but the system. For example, when govts make a change they will spin its results to make it look positive, when what is really needed is an independent feedback… Keep Reading

Media Interviews

My Brother played by the rules, but the rules are wrong

Broadcaster: Russia Today
Date: 2015
Summary: Ed Straw, Former Labour advisor, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about how big business can infiltrate our government to effect policies in the UK and around the world, plus his take on his Brother Jack Straw’s ‘charm and menace’ technique of changing laws and what changes need to be made to prevent what David Cameron calls the ‘next big scandal waiting to happen… Keep Reading

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