Category: “Diaries

On Andy Coulson, Cameron’s judgement and an even higher profile for the BSkyB decision

Posted on 21 January 2011 | 5:01pm

First of all, a memo to all media outlets (I know that sounds a bit grand and lahdidah but they have been phoning, texting and emailing all day, first to ask if I will talk about TB at the Iraq Inquiry and then, in greater numbers, if I would talk about Andy Coulson’s departure as […]

The Ed-Ed dynamic now key to Labour success; and how George Osborne is sleeping less easily

Posted on 21 January 2011 | 9:01am

Ed Miliband made much during the Labour leadership election of saying we had to ‘learn the lessons’ of why we lost power. Correct. However, we must also learn the lessons of why we won power, and won three general elections, among them the understanding that most people live their lives on or close to the […]

On Becks, books and brotherly love

Posted on 16 January 2011 | 7:01pm

Well, that was an enjoyable 0-0, even if it meant I missed hearing how the Beeb edited down my Open Book interview with the lovely – sorry, but I find it impossible to say Mariella without that prefix – Mariella. Someone even lovelier (in the eyes of many though not me) was sitting just in […]

Iraq certainly, but Northern Ireland and Kosovo big parts of Blair legacy

Posted on 15 January 2011 | 12:01pm

As I said yesterday, it is not easy to edit a third of a million words down to a couple of double page newspaper spreads. So I am not at all critical of The Guardian for the choices  they have made in running extracts of the second volume of my diairies. Part one today focuses […]

On the extracts from my diaries (97-99) in tomorrow’s Guardian

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 3:01pm

The Guardian asked me to plug their paper for the morning .. so dear readers, go out and get The Guardian tomorrow. Done. Despite it being a Lib Dem paper, I chose The Guardian to run extracts from volume 2 of my diaires, Power and the People, which is out on Thursday, and orderable on […]

iPad debut blogpost on iPad, Vince and Gove

Posted on 27 December 2010 | 1:12pm

Yes, I got an iPad for Christmas. Yes, I had a couple of blogfree days while enjoying Christmas and getting used to typing on ice, which is a bit how it feels till you get the hang of it. We have been up in the Scottish Highlands, and despite the snow and the cold, yes […]

On the rebirth of political memoirs – reprinted from The Bookseller

Posted on 19 November 2010 | 3:11pm

Well, we’re having a right old book day are we not. Bad Sex Awards pitch this morning (I liked the line from journalist John Rentoul that it was ‘triple bluff’) and now I offer you the article I penned for the latest issue of The Bookseller, on the subject of political books. Though it is […]

I know I’m only there for publicity but please can I win the Bad Sex award?

Posted on 19 November 2010 | 8:11am

When I was first shortlisted for the Bad Sex in Literature Award, I decided I was happy to be nominated (first novel, all publicity good publicity, and I knew I was only there as a way of the Award organisers getting themselves a bit of cheap publicity – spin, yuk, eh? -) but I really […]

Time for housing to get higher up the political ladder

Posted on 11 November 2010 | 8:11am

To the Chartered Institute of Housing’s conference yesterday. Nice bunch, not very keen on my fellow Keighley man Eric Pickles I sensed, and feeling a bit battered after the spending review. But I felt they were adopting the right tone in seeking to engage with government, rather than just becoming a shrill voice of protest. […]

Blown away by Chester; and a great new Welsh mental health scheme

Posted on 30 October 2010 | 10:10am

I only agreed to do the Chester Literature Festival because it was on a Friday night and I reckoned there would be a good chance Burnley would be at home on the Saturday. A calculated guess rather banjaxed by the fixtures computer which put us at QPR today – the closest Championship ground to where […]