Category: “Media

Fascinating to see some of the papers willing the phone-hack scandal away

Posted on 23 January 2011 | 2:01pm

As regular readers will know by now, I don’t read any of the Mail papers, or allow them in the house, but the online revolution being what it is, every now and then some of its bile slips through the net as people send me links and say ‘hey, you ought to see this.’ One […]

with Coulson gone, bigger issues now confront Cameron. Hunt, Murdoch and the police

Posted on 22 January 2011 | 1:01pm

Sorry for giving away a Loose Ends trade secret by tweeting that I was recording it this morning. I think it used to be done live but what with live bands in the studio and stuff, it probably got a bit complicated, so you can hear it on Radio 4 at 615 this evening, just […]

Apologies for lack of bloodbath on Boulton and some briefing for fellow Question Time guests

Posted on 20 January 2011 | 2:01pm

Apologies to those who were expecting a bloodbath on Boulton when I did my first interview with Sky’s political editor since our infamous encounter on College Green last May. Adam’s wife Anji Hunter had sent me a text – as she often did when I worked for TB – advising me to stay calm. I […]

Iraq certainly, but Northern Ireland and Kosovo big parts of Blair legacy

Posted on 15 January 2011 | 12:01pm

As I said yesterday, it is not easy to edit a third of a million words down to a couple of double page newspaper spreads. So I am not at all critical of The Guardian for the choices  they have made in running extracts of the second volume of my diairies. Part one today focuses […]

On the extracts from my diaries (97-99) in tomorrow’s Guardian

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 3:01pm

The Guardian asked me to plug their paper for the morning .. so dear readers, go out and get The Guardian tomorrow. Done. Despite it being a Lib Dem paper, I chose The Guardian to run extracts from volume 2 of my diaires, Power and the People, which is out on Thursday, and orderable on […]

By-election coverage still showing gap between media and public mood on governing parties

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 9:01am

Ladies and gentlemen, at the risk of appearing arrogant and boastful about my own considerable skills and experience in political strategy, may I take you back to my blog of January 2, headlined Both governing parties deserve to be punished for Tory by-election pull-out. ‘I know that we are into a new and different sort […]

Time for the right-wing US prophets of hate to change their tune

Posted on 10 January 2011 | 9:01am

Thankfully, my Saturday evening tweet referring to the ‘murder’ of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was premature. However, the sentiment of hope that Saturday’s shootings might lead to a calming of the right-wing politics of hate, from politicians and media alike, was not. Why, some asked, did I only refer to politics of hate on the right? […]

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 […]

Good hype (Ed Miliband speech tomorrow) and bad hype (The Archers)

Posted on 3 January 2011 | 10:01am

Hype can be a very dangerous business, and The Archers is the latest commodity to find itself damaged by it. I am not an Archers’ fan, but Fiona is and yesterday, the biggest anticipation of the day was not celebration of her birthday, but tuning in to make sure she learned what all the fuss […]

On three pictures of Clegg, Assange and Obama, and how conventional wisdoms can be wrong

Posted on 17 December 2010 | 2:12pm

Papers wise I have only seen The Guardian and the Financial Times today and my eye was particularly drawn to three photos. One of Nick Clegg (FT). One of Julian Assange (Guardian). One of Barack Obama (FT). And they made me think of conventional wisdom. I can find none of the pictures online so you […]