Category: “Economy

Media still pandering to the Cameron-Coulson line

Posted on 6 January 2011 | 10:01am

Longer than usual blog today, most of it not written by me. You’ll have to wait a bit for the point, but with thanks to the Labour Party’s media monitoring department, I want to begin with an account of what appeared on the main news programmes this morning. Today Programme 1. The US enquiry into […]

All hail Olli Issakeinen, the Finnish fib-watcher on Osborne’s case

Posted on 5 January 2011 | 9:01am

It is one thing to have a following for writing a blog. Far more impressive, surely, is to have a following for being a regular commenter on a blog. Yet that is what is clearly happening to our Finnish friend Olli Issakeinen, who pops up here often with very sound views on politics, the economy, […]

Ed Miliband landed a blow yesterday. Now bigger arguments have to be demolished and built

Posted on 4 January 2011 | 12:01pm

There was a tiny hint of desperation in the voice of George Osborne’s response to Ed Miliband’s rather effective attack over the Tories’ VAT rise yesterday. ‘The question Ed Milliband faces is this: if you’re not raising VAT, where are the extra £13bn of spending cuts coming from? The NHS? Schools?’ Now that deficit reduction […]

Beware the detail in coalition ‘U-turn’ on school sport

Posted on 18 December 2010 | 12:12pm

The papers are being briefed that the government is to perform a U-turn on the planned scrapping of School Sports Partnerships. This is to be announced as early as Monday. It is also to be placed in the category marked ‘keep an eye on the detail’, and ‘don’t fall for the spin’. ‘Key elements’ of […]

Thank God for GOD and his Plan B

Posted on 16 December 2010 | 12:12am

A bit late to be blogging I know, but in the new media world there is no such thing as a deadline, no such thing as a geographical boundary, so  in a way no such thing as late. Plus I have had one of those days … up early and sudddenly noticed my car wasn’t […]

First Clegg, now councils, act as Cameron’s lightning rods

Posted on 14 December 2010 | 8:12am

The Tories (ie the government) will be feeling pleased enough with the spin operation surrounding the cuts to local authorities. The media were buying enough ‘power to the people’ (sic) to dilute the real impact of yesterday’s announcement, namely a savaging of services which local authorities provide and on which many people depend. But just […]

Could we be heading for Tory-Lib coalition for UK, Lab-Lib for Scotland?

Posted on 24 November 2010 | 12:11pm

Despite a chest infection (the doctor said it was much worse than man flu but I just keep on keeping on manfully) I had a thoroughly enjoyable time at Glasgow University last night. I was the guest speaker at the annual Chancellor’s dinner; no, not George Osborne, he was busy helping Ireland, where his family […]

Would Cowen going stem the crisis, or add fuel to the fire?

Posted on 23 November 2010 | 11:11am

If politics occasionally puts you between a rock and a hard place, then that is exactly where Irish PM Brian Cowen finds himself right now. There is no joy whatever in the position he holds, nor the options that confront him. I got to know him a bit when he was foreign minister in Bertie […]

Insight into Cameron’s style of leadership

Posted on 18 November 2010 | 9:11am

There are two somewhat conflicting things you hear from inside government about David Cameron’s style of leadership. The first is that he has taken to the job of PM as to the manor born. Say what you like about Eton, you hear, but it gives people that inner and outer confidence that he puts to […]

No wonder Cameron’s smiling. Broken pledges can be buried beneath Royal news

Posted on 17 November 2010 | 9:11am

With Royal weddings top of the news agenda, it won’t be too long (in historical terms) before Royal babies come along … which brings me neatly to the subject of midwives, which brings me swiftly to the subject of cuts. Oh it will take more than a Royal wedding to knock me off message … […]