Where did the time go?

Much of it went on a little project called walk4jack. Turned out to be one of the finest things I’ve ever managed to get myself involved with.

A year ago a great young man called Jack Fishwick was playing his usual game of rugby and went up to catch a ball. In the moments that followed he broke his neck. Catastrophically. It left him a tetraplegic and confined to a wheelchair.

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Michael receiving the lifetime achievement
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Jack is stubborn, refused to be beaten. He was determined to regain his independence. He is also my neighbour. So I decided to help him. The result was something called walk4jack where I promised to walk 150 miles in a week to raise money for him and the RFU's Injured Players Foundation. In fact, in the end it stretched and stumbled to 176 miles. But what an adventure! 

The outpouring of support was extraordinary – two Prime Ministers, three bishops, a host of political leaders and more than 120 members of the House of Lords. But what was truly inspiring was the help I got from ordinary people – neighbours, friends, total strangers, a taxi driver who refused to take his fare, and so many others.

OK, so at times it was a real pain, and I got lost, and my feet hurt, but we’ve raised more than £30,000. And Jack has that gleam of determination back in his eye. Brilliant. You can read about it at www.walk4jack.com.

Three people who supported my walk4jack were Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Beau Willimon. You might have thought they’d be too busy picking up Golden Globes, basking in the success of Season 3 of the great Netflix series and preparing Season 4. But no, they were cheering me on. My House of Cards family is special.

hoc-cover2015And the House of Cards series somehow climbs to even more dizzy heights. It's a huge hit in China, while the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, the delightful Mr Karim Massimov, sought me out on a visit to Britain to present me with his own personal copy that he bought more than 20 years ago.

The novel is published worldwide and you can get an updated edition here. And some believe my Harry Jones novels are even better!

I haven’t mentioned the election (if you must, follow me on Twitter). I don’t get a vote. As a peer I am banned by law from voting, along with criminals and the mentally infirm. Yeas, I know, I keep interesting company.

And if you missed my Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture I gave in February to the Royal Television Society about the Future of Public Service Broadcasting, you can watch it here.
So much more to do, and it’s only April…


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    • Great day in Bath with 100+ Tory volunteers & . Great sunshine, great campaigning- thank you, Bath! ,
    • Labour once again totally wrong on unemployment. Back to the kitchen for Mr Miliband. Both of them.,
    • Still waiting for answer as to why every period of Labour government in history has put up level of unemployment.,
    • IMF: 'It's obvious that what's happening in the UK has actually worked'. FACT: Britain is most successful economy in Europe in last 5 years.,
    • - sick peers should not be voting in @UKHouseofLords.,
    • No idea if accusations are accurate, but fiasco brings shame to our justice system. Not great for either.,
    • Is a tax evader or tax avoider? £300,000 & not 1p in UK tax. Come on, Labour, sort it out before accused of double standards.,
    • No matter what the crisis, never do today what can be put off till tomorrow. Or 2019. EU President Juncker - the stuff of leadership.,
    • Clintons, Bushes, Kennedys. Another family carve-up? U.S. is far more feudal than @UKHouseofLords.,
    • Richest 1% pays 30% of all income tax. Do we want them to keep paying it, or to move abroad? Labour's non-dom policy makes no sense.,
    • GuardianICM poll puts Tories 6% ahead. No idea if accurate, but hilarious to see way Guardian tries to bury its own poll.,
    • Sad for those who didn't see in . Superb. So much more than just a toughie. Hope to see in more great parts.,
    • Delight & success at . And (whisper this softly) more fun than the election. But now back2business.,
    • For 1st time in adult life won't vote. Can't. Peers lose vote along with criminals and mentally infirm. Yes, OK, so what's the difference???,
    • And can we leave Ed Miliband's love life out of campaign? And his brother? Irrelevant. It's screwing the rest of us that matters.,
    • Britain has fastest growing economy in Europe. That's not an end, but it is a necessary start. And it ain't no accident.,
    • Every Labour Govt there has ever been has ended up with more people unemployed. Why?,
    • Britain producing more cars. Than ever. In entire history. Can't wait for Mr Balls to sort that one out.,
    • If non-dons leave, will Ambramovich take Chelsea with him? And Lakshmi Mittal his steel mills?,
    • If Britain is such a mess, why are so many people trying to get in?,
    • Miliband's war on non-doms already tried in France. Is that why so many French live in UK & London is 5th largest French city on planet?,
    • Greece hates Brussels as much as Brussels hates Putin. So Greece climbs into bed with Putin. T-rouble ahead.,
    • warns of chaos. Words from a master. This man knows his stuff. Left chaos in Iraq, Afghan, entire Mid East. #1 Most Discredited.,
    • doesn't want you to vote on EU. Has previous. Didn't listen to 1 million who protested against his Iraq War, either. Empty soul.,
    • Wife sending me off for celebratory massage after . Pleasure born from pain. Will I stay awake through ?,

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