Category: “Media

As Cameron slithers from tactic to tactic, Mandelson and Straw right to defend difficult positions

Posted on 7 March 2011 | 9:03am

I may not have liked much about Peter Mandelson’s book (“‘insufferably self-indulgent’ – Alastair Campbell” doesn’t seem to have made it to the quotes on the cover of the paperback). However, I totally agree with his defence of the Blair government’s attempts to bring Libya in from the cold. He has written a well-argued piece […]

An English lesson for Jamie Oliver; a lesson for us all that teaching is hard

Posted on 5 March 2011 | 2:03pm

I finally caught up with the first episode of Jamie’s Dream School last night. May I begin by ticking off Mr Oliver for using ‘less’ when he meant ‘fewer.’ Tut, tut, as fellow teacher David Starkey might have said; ‘must do better,’ English teacher Simon Callow must tell him. Jamie said the students at Dream […]

Well done Dan Jarvis, and my latest litttle battle against the evil of the Mail

Posted on 4 March 2011 | 5:03pm

I’ve been away having laptop connection problems so apart from a couple of tweets I have not been able to congratulate Labour’s Dan Jarvis on his excellent by-election win. And yes, of course I knew Lord Sutch was dead when I tweeted asking where was he when he needed him? That was the point — […]

A speech on journalism worth a careful read

Posted on 1 February 2011 | 8:02am

I don’t agree with every word of Lionel Barber’s Cudlipp Lecture last night, and I hope the FT editor’s larynx was coated in irony when he spoke of Paul Dacre towards the end. But for journalists in particular, but also anyone concerned about the direction of the modern media, it is definitely worth a read. […]

‘Bunch of twats’ – a fitting slogan for Tories on NHS reform

Posted on 30 January 2011 | 11:01am

Ed Miliband will know well enough not to put too much faith in this morning’s poll showing Labour 11 points ahead of the Tories. Better to be ahead than behind, but at this stage of the Parliament it is as much about bad things the Tories are doing – where do I start? – as […]

A review of my diaries – by me!

Posted on 29 January 2011 | 3:01pm

The New Statesman this week runs a piece I wrote about what I had learned from reading my diaries of our first two years in power. Here it is … ‘Nobody can accuse you of writing a self-serving memoir,’ said Jonathan Powell when he first read my diaries four years ago as part of the […]

Phone-hacking becoming a tipping point moment in politics/media relations

Posted on 29 January 2011 | 9:01am

I was rushing around a lot yesterday making a short film on phone-hacking for The One Show on Monday, having earlier done an interview for a much longer Despatches documentary being made on the same subject. TV can be a very frustrating medium, which is one of the reasons I don’t do that much of […]

Getting in the zone for my grilling by David Mitchell

Posted on 27 January 2011 | 10:01am

After Question Time a week ago, Loose Ends at the weekend, and a few random Newsnights, Skys and LBCs in between, tonight it’s the Big One. I know I have been a bit media-active in recent days, but mainly that has been news-driven, rather than book-driven, with TB back at the Iraq Inquiry, and the […]

On bombs, no-growth strategy, sexist Sky commentators, Murdoch and phones, evil Mail

Posted on 25 January 2011 | 8:01am

Just as politicians say that terrorist attacks won’t change the way we go about our business – they do – so the media will always allow a major bombing to shift its agenda. That is not a criticism. An outrage of the kind we saw in Moscow yesterday is clearly genuinely newsworthy, and a reminder […]

With thanks to Robert Peston, another phone-hacking blog

Posted on 24 January 2011 | 2:01pm

I have had one of those days so far … an in-tray that started quite light suddenly became a lot heavier and instead of having around a dozen things on my immediate ‘to do’ list I had a lot more, and it means one of the things on the to-do list – ‘another blog re […]