Category: “Economy

Osborne will love today’s IMF headlines, but HATE the piece comparing him with GB

Posted on 7 June 2011 | 8:06am

I claim no special insight into, or influence over, George Osborne. It was interesting however to note that within a day or two of my suggesting here that he needed to step up the communication of his economic Plan A, our relatively low profile Chancellor went on what by his standards may be termed a […]

Osborne needs to start explaining Plan A, or work on Plan B

Posted on 4 June 2011 | 10:06am

There is something to be said for George Osborne’s modus operandi – which is to set bold strokes, speak in public when he has to, but otherwise keep his head down. It is an approach, however, which suits itself better to strategies of blinding clarity where the steps being taken will almost certainly lead, all […]

On Cheryl, Cameron’s kitchen and why Obama rebuffed Osborne’s plans on the deficit

Posted on 26 May 2011 | 8:05am

I am hoping the sound of helicopters above means the President is on his way to France, able to escape Britain before he and the Prime Minister get asked about what Cheryl Cole’s exit from American X Factor says about the special-essential relationship. Be in no doubt – had the departure of the People’s Panellist […]

With Big Society and NHS reforms in trouble, Cameron keeps press on side with superinjunctions support

Posted on 23 May 2011 | 8:05am

With his Big Society still no clearer now than it was when he first coined the phrase to distance himself from Mrs Thatcher, with his NHS reforms now so confused that he may have to start the legislative process all over again, David Cameron continues to do a good job at keeping secret from people […]

If growth benefits only the rich, politics will get very interesting

Posted on 22 May 2011 | 10:05am

An interesting and thoughtful piece from Gavin Kelly in The Observer. You can read the whole article at the bottom of this post, but the basic point is that there has been something of a collapse in living standards for what Ed Miliband, Gavin’s former colleague in the Gordon Brown team, calls the squeezed middle, […]

At our best when at our most optimistic about the future – Ed Miliband’s speech has makings of a strategy

Posted on 21 May 2011 | 9:05am

What with Twitter and superinjunctions (oh how the media love a story about the media) and the resurgence of Old Etonians in Who’s Who, there is no room for Ed Miliband on the front page of The Guardian. There is not that much room on the comment pages either, a single column beneath a headline […]

Economic snapshot from Yorkshire; and the build up to Football Focus play-off v Alan Sugar

Posted on 20 May 2011 | 10:05am

To Leeds last night for a very enjoyable dinner with some of Yorkshire’s top business people, and publication by BDO of a report into the prospects for the county’s economy (strapline STRONGER, LEANER, FITTER). The diners had voting pads and could express instant views about their hopes for the future. It won’t surprise you to […]

On both main planks of strategy, political and economic, coalition is misfiring

Posted on 12 May 2011 | 8:05am

To return to one of my favourite themes … David Cameron didn’t win the election because he lacked strategic clarity. The public gave it to him – make a coalition work and sort out the economy. That sense of shared purpose is dissipating quickly. Just one year from the Rose Garden civic partnership ceremony, Nick […]

Cameron’s ‘calm down dear’ Flashman moment was a flash of his vulnerability on the NHS

Posted on 28 April 2011 | 7:04am

I think enough has probably already been said and written about David Cameron’s latest Flashman moment, though I’m sure Michael Winner was dead chuffed to be trending on twitter alongside the Labour MP to whom the PM directed his ‘calm down dear’ jibe. Have to confess I didn’t realise this was a Winnerism. It was […]

Did the live TV coverage really have to focus so much on the violence?

Posted on 27 March 2011 | 11:03am

I was at a conference most of yesterday, at a dinner in the evening and so missed both the march and most of the coverage. Fiona kept me in touch with a few text messages, mainly saying how big the crowds were and how good the mood. When I did catch the odd glimpse either […]