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How to get signed copies of Burden of Power

Posted on 19 June 2012 | 6:06am

I have a new book out, Burden of Power, which is published on Thursday. I know some of you have noticed because I have had a few requests on here, via email, twitter and Facebook, for signed copies. As I tweeted recently, I signed a lot of stock for Waterstone’s a few weeks ago, so their […]

If Labour’s team had stayed united, I think we might have staved off a Bullingdon government

Posted on 18 June 2012 | 12:06pm

I can hardly complain at The Guardian’s ‘brilliant but bonkers’ headline on the second part of the extracts they are running from my new book, Burden of Power. Tony Blair said the words, and he said them about Gordon Brown, so even though it is not news that there were sometimes difficulties between them, and […]

I love Malcolm Tucker, and rate Armando Iannucci, but he should not have taken OBE

Posted on 17 June 2012 | 10:06am

Off to Queen’s for the tennis today, Royal Box hospitality with a few members of the sporting elite and UK Establishment, hoping that perhaps the UKE’s latest recruit, Armando Iannucci OBE, might be there so I can finally get an answer to the question: why did he take it? I see from The Observer that […]

Thanks from Time to Change to Charles Walker and Kevan Jones

Posted on 14 June 2012 | 3:06pm

Just back from Dublin, just home for a quick change before heading out to chair a debate on class in politics, inspired by the West End play based on David Cameron and Co’s Bullingdon Club, POSH. But before I go a quick word of thanks for Tory MP Charles Walker and Labour MP Kevan Jones […]

POSH – just a play? Or a real problem for Cameron, Osborne and Johnson?

Posted on 10 June 2012 | 10:06am

First things first, and a quick line the producers of POSH can use in any publicity should they wish to … ‘topical, relevant, well-written, well-cast, well-acted and very thought-provoking.’ As to what I really think about it, even a good night’s sleep has not settled the answer. Perhaps that is the sign of a good […]

On the descent into alcoholism. A guest blog from Diane Goslar

Posted on 12 May 2012 | 7:05am

I was at the European Parliament in Brussels earlier this week, taking part in a seminar hosted by Labour MEP Glenis Wilmott on the need for both the EU and member states to face up to the need for better strategies to deal with alcohol abuse, a huge problem across Europe. As well as me […]

Cameron very defensive as he starts decoupling from Clegg

Posted on 9 May 2012 | 7:05am

It is a sign of the Prime Minister’s new found defensiveness that he is saying to the Daily Mail things they want to hear, and his team are stressing that today’s Queen’s Speech is no big deal compared with the ‘plan’ to get the economy sorted and growing again. Indeed, such is the playing down […]

Still not doing God, despite best efforts of Jesus Army

Posted on 17 April 2012 | 3:04pm

I must thank the people who organised my trip to Northampton today for ensuring the photographers didn’t see me until I was out of the car which collected me from the station, and on my way into the venue. Had they been at the station, they would have had a good photo for any future […]

Norway confirms sense of calm and maturity in its handling of Anders Breivik case

Posted on 16 April 2012 | 4:04pm

I have been buzzing about a bit today, a meeting here, a meeting there, a few gaps in between, but through the day picking up bits and pieces about the trial of mass murderer Anders Breivik. When I was in Oslo a few months ago, I blogged about the extraordinarily mature way that not just […]

The case for self-doubt: my Radio 3 essay broadcast tonight

Posted on 13 April 2012 | 11:04am

I see the BBC magazine has published my Radio 3 essay on self-doubt, which is broadcast tonight. So here it is. “Where there is doubt, there is no doubt.” I don’t know where that saying originates, but I heard it first from a good friend and famous football manager, Sir Alex Ferguson. He uses it […]