Category: “Economy

Ed Miliband’s message is striking a chord amid all the media negativity re him as message-carrier

Posted on 10 January 2012 | 9:01am

Today’s Financial Times has a full page ad (and a right-hand page 7 at that) for the Business in the Community awards. Down at the bottom of the page are a number of companies and their logos. The companies, corporate sponsors, presumably shelled out for the ad and thus have their little place above the […]

Disability campaigners expose sham/cover-up of coalition consultation on benefit reforms

Posted on 9 January 2012 | 10:01am

Today’s blog is given over to a press release from a group of disabled disability campaigners who have exposed the sham that is the coalition government’s public consultation on Disability Living Allowance. It is long, but worth reading. It reveals inter alia, as Boris Johnson might say, the scale of the London Mayor’s opposition to […]

Do we make enough of the benefits to tourism of the film industry?

Posted on 30 December 2011 | 12:12pm

During a week in the Scottish Highlands it has rained for a good part of every day. Yet I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this part of the world for any holiday, at any time of the year, even when the midges are biting. I’ve got the bike with me, and have […]

Maybe you needed to be there, but I can’t quite see why Cameron got such rave TV reviews for his brothers crack

Posted on 15 December 2011 | 9:12am

Perhaps you needed to be there. But based on the clips I saw on the news, I cannot quite see why the broadcasters seemed to decide  as one that Ed Miliband had a disastrous PMQs yesterday. The papers do not seem to share the view that this was a seismic event. On one bulletin, I […]

Clegg vacates his chair in protest at Cameron vacating his chair – pathetic

Posted on 12 December 2011 | 6:12pm

So Nick Clegg didn’t show up in the Commons today, because he didn’t want to be a distraction. A distraction from what? A distraction from the fact that he is the most pro-European leader in UK political history, now propping up the most anti-European government. A distraction from David Cameron’s latest effort to present his […]

When Bill Cash and Nigel Farage are trending on twitter, something is going very wrong in our land

Posted on 11 December 2011 | 10:12am

I don’t know which papers Lord Leveson reads, but assuming he flicks through them all as he presides over his inquiry into the press, he will be getting a very good example of the fusion of news and comment right now. There are pro Europe papers and there are rather more, and louder, anti Europe […]

Veto could make or break Cameron. fact it came from tactics not strategy means break more likely

Posted on 9 December 2011 | 3:12pm

With thanks to my favourite Elvis impersonator, Mark Wright aka@kingswimg72, I bring you his excellent tweet in response to mine asking the question ‘how many of our most important decisions do we make at 4am?’ ‘4am is time partners get drunk, argue and break up. The following morning they have to break it to the […]

Europe’s leaders need to be honest about what they really think, and what they really can and cannot do

Posted on 8 December 2011 | 11:12am

Another day, another summit, another round of ups and downs, then stand by for another set of bold declarations that Europe’s leaders have found the solutions to the current crisis … again. With every step of crisis management that doesn’t quite work, they take another reputational hit. How refreshing it would be if, instead of […]

Merkel, Sarko and Cameron will need all their communications skills to win the new arguments in Europe

Posted on 6 December 2011 | 8:12am

I’m off to Dunkirk today for a conference of French communications professionals, Cap’ Com, asking themselves whether the public still believe ‘la communication publique.’ The answer is that sometimes some of the public do, and sometimes some of them don’t. ‘Twas ever thus. It is probably fair to say though that people in advanced democracies […]

A word of advice to Osborne: don’t overdo the blame game, or you’ll add political failure to economic failure

Posted on 29 November 2011 | 9:11am

A word of advice for George Osborne before he delivers his economic statement to the Commons … and before anyone shouts at me ‘why are you helping HIM???‘ 1. He won’t read it, and 2. Even if one of his advisers does, he/she will be too busy to tell him, and 3. Even if they […]