Category: “Economy

A (very long) essay on political communications, French style

Posted on 19 October 2011 | 12:10pm

The post has just arrived and in it a very nice surprise, the discovery that Jacques Seguela, one-time adviser to President Mitterrand, now close confidant of President and Madame Sarkozy (indeed he intoduced them), and something of a legend in French political communications, has dedicated his latest book to little old moi. With apologies for […]

Blackberry/RIM have mishandled things at every stage – but I still don’t want an iphone

Posted on 18 October 2011 | 8:10am

Despite doing all this blogging, tweeting, Facebooking malarkey, I remain something of a technophobe. Though I am regularly introduced when speaking as being ‘at the cutting edge of communication’ I am likely to be using scribbled notes, and have never used Power Point. ‘Power corrupts, Power Point corrupts absolutely’ usually raises a chuckle. As Patrick […]

The questions do not stop with Fox’s exit. And let’s hope high speed rail not another casualty

Posted on 15 October 2011 | 7:10am

It will not have escaped most people’s notice that despite Labour being out of power, its senior figures continue to be held accountable whether via public inquiries, a media that sometimes seems to think we are still there, and a government that never misses an opportunity to paint a negative picture of a very successful […]

Good news, and Time to Change will spend new money wisely

Posted on 10 October 2011 | 6:10am

A few months ago, I felt a little bit like a school-leaver at an interview, going into the offices of Comic Relief to plead for cash for the Time to Change campaign aimed at breaking down stigma and discrimination in mental illness. Together with Time to Change director Sue Baker, I argued that for many, […]

Fox looks like he’s a goner – good news for Osborne for now

Posted on 9 October 2011 | 7:10am

Having been through a few ministerial media frenzies, and knowing as I do how the press can twist and distort every little detail to feed the frenzy, even with Tories I like to let the benefit of the doubt linger for as long as I can. It partly explains why you will have to look […]

New shadow cabinet must now defend better, attack better, and win the future better

Posted on 8 October 2011 | 10:10am

As Liam Fox and Chris Huhne were embarrassing themselves and the government last night, I won’t have been the only one to have liked the younger, more feminine look of the new shadow cabinet. But I am sure Ed Miliband and his team understand – getting the new team together is the easy bit. Now […]

Cameron’s ‘growth plan’ passage tells me he just couldn’t be arsed yesterday

Posted on 6 October 2011 | 10:10am

I fear I may have been overly kind to the Prime Minister when I described his speech as ‘very average’ on twitter yesterday. This was certainly on the kinder end of the comment spectrum. It would seem even commentators on the right were largely underwhelmed, and instead resorted to saying how Prime Ministerial he looked. […]

If catflap is best Tories can do, no wonder FT Europe imposes blackout

Posted on 5 October 2011 | 7:10am

Greetings from Vienna airport where I am waiting for a plane, worrying about the unseasonal heat, getting irritated by a couple who are kissing their dog like it is a baby, and trying to find a single reference to the Tory Party conference in the Financial Times. It is the Europe edition, so unsurprisingly leads […]

Today’s FT shows more progress in schools under Labour – who need to fight back harder against Tory rubbishing of record

Posted on 1 October 2011 | 10:10am

With thanks to Labour’s media monitoring department, and to the Financial Times, here is the first’s account of the second’s report today on school standards. ‘Poorer pupils seen to be catching up in exams’ (FT p4) – Poorer children closed the educational achievement gap on children from wealthier backgrounds during Labour’s last term of office, […]

If the press are wrong about Ed, it won’t be the first time they’ve called the instant judgement badly

Posted on 28 September 2011 | 8:09am

An interesting little passage in Polly Toynbee’s column in The Guardian this morning, as she described the post-Ed speech process in the press room at Liverpool. “‘Lurching to the left’ and ‘Red Ed’ were the inevitable responses of the mostly rightwing press convening in an instant huddle after the speech. If you want to see […]