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We got it wrong. Now we must have the soul-searching and honest debate we have perhaps avoided too long

Posted on 8 May 2015 | 8:05am

After yesterday’s very long blog, today a very short one, admitting that I was wrong. Not wrong in thinking Labour SHOULD win, but clearly wrong in thinking we would. Sometimes, when advising people I work with, I will say beware the dangers of being so deep inside your own team’s bubble that you end up […]

Why I think Miliband will become PM, why he deserves to, and why that is best for Britain

Posted on 7 May 2015 | 9:05am

Elections are among the days politicians and activists both love the most and hate the most. Love because the whole country at least has a sense that this is the most important thing happening anywhere today, and because right up to 10pm you can win another argument and win over another waverer and get them […]

Why Ed was right to see Brand, and why it is Dacre, Murdoch and Cameron who are the real rusty rockets

Posted on 29 April 2015 | 8:04am

In the land of Twitter Russell Brand goes by the name of @rustyrockets. I wonder if that self deprecating metaphor might be better applied to those parts of the press that take such delight in saying how awful and how irrelevant to real debate he is. For they are the ones misfiring left right and […]

Why ‘Villagate’ is about more than football: it goes to the heart of Cameron character and how he does politics

Posted on 26 April 2015 | 6:04am

Alex Ferguson once said ‘there are two things you can never change – the way you walk. And your football team.’ Now as it happens I think some people do change the way they walk. But football, bloody hell, no, you just cannot change the club you love. So Fergie, despite all those years with […]

Cameron with another panic move, Miliband on foreign policy, this is not the crossover Crosby predicted!

Posted on 24 April 2015 | 5:04am

So as to what utter calamity Ed Miliband would unleash upon us if he became Prime Minister, you can take your pick from the increasingly desperate right wing papers and the increasingly desperate right wing ‘campaign’ of David Cameron and Lynton Crosby. Cameron himself is in the Mail (forgetting how he has broken his ‘kick […]

Cameron is behaving like a man who thinks he’s lost, Miliband like the man who can beat him

Posted on 19 April 2015 | 11:04am

Greetings from Tirana, a quick day trip respite from the UK election campaign, to see how one of my favourite progressive leaders, Edi Rama, is getting on. I have worked with Rama for several years, first in opposition and now in government, a landslide win for his Socialist Party having seen him installed as Prime Minister. […]

The lethargy of the Cameron campaign – is he too posh to push?

Posted on 11 April 2015 | 6:04am

David Cameron popped up on the news again last night, as he has done most evenings for the past few years. He was with a small group of carefully chosen people willing to play along with his daily media opportunity, as he has been every day of the election campaign so far. He used the word […]

Cameron-Crosby panic stations as their ‘strategy’ fails to click. Old campaign for new times

Posted on 9 April 2015 | 9:04am

When Michael Howard led the Conservatives – happy days – his campaign strategist was a man named Lynton Crosby. You may have heard of him. He is the highly paid Australian consultant who has told all at Tory HQ, and has been telling them for months, that if they just keep banging on about how great the […]

Telegraph spinning, but truth is SNP and Tories share pro-SNP agenda

Posted on 4 April 2015 | 8:04am

There are so many different agendas at play in the Daily Telegraph’s coverage of a brief meeting between SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and France’s Ambassador, that I need to bring my spin deconstruction skills to the benefit of those trying to make sense of it. Forgive me for the length of this one, but I […]

Why Australia won their fifth World Cup, and why they deserved to

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:03pm

As Australia celebrates yet another sporting success, time to remember the #PUTOUTYOURBATS campaign, which started with this simple quote. “I picked up my cricket bat and I swung it around a few times and padded it down on the ground.” The kind of thing Steven Smith might have said about walking to the crease before making […]