Category: “Media

TV debate – good idea in theory, but …

Posted on 2 September 2009 | 3:09pm

Into my inbox last night popped an email from someone at Sky suggesting that whatever else I might be doing, I really ought to drop it, and tune in to watch political editor Adam Boulton at 10pm. No details were available as to why I should make this radical change to my life, beyond a […]

Tremors of Japanese political earthquake will be felt far and wide

Posted on 30 August 2009 | 3:08pm

There are always lessons in other countries’ elections and, in an ever more interdependent world, there are consequences for all of us when one of the major powers changes government. We may not know it from the paucity of coverage and debate of the Japanese elections, but Japan is one such power. Were it not […]

Why Tories and media cannot stomach GCSE success story

Posted on 27 August 2009 | 4:08pm

Lots of happy young people around today as the GCSE success story unfolds around the country. Cue lots of middle-aged, middle-class, media-driven moaning about dumbing down. There is something peculiarly and unpleasantly British about the refusal to take at face value the idea that in part because of extra investment, in part because of sustained […]

Exposing the absurdity of Chris Grayling

Posted on 26 August 2009 | 1:08pm

Much to my family’s annoyance, I am not a ‘box set’ kind of guy. I know it is the thing, all to sit down and get hooked together on some American TV show. Maybe it is a way of avoiding temptation to my addictive gene, but I have never seen a single episode of The […]

Joy and beauty and a night of magic

Posted on 20 August 2009 | 10:08am

Many thanks for all the tweets and Facebook messages during and after Burnley’s fabulous win over Manchester United.  I know the non sports fans among regulars here prefer me to go on about politics not football and that whilst on holiday I have done neither very much. But if you love football, and you love […]

Twitter NHS backlash good for Obama

Posted on 14 August 2009 | 3:08pm

When I occasionally rage at the culture of negativity in the UK media, it is often the coverage of the NHS I have in mind. Every hour of every day, wonderful things happen in the NHS, thanks to the terrific people who work in it and above all because of the basic idea at its […]

No hiding place from Twitter, me on the bike, JP in DC

Posted on 17 July 2009 | 6:07pm

I always, always, always wear a helmet when cycling. Always. Except yesterday. And guess which day it was that someone tweeted that they’d seen me out on the bike. Yesterday. Followed by someone who said they once saw me and Boris Johnson out cycling on the same day, though not together. Boris never wears a […]

Two great early morning moments

Posted on 10 July 2009 | 10:07am

I was up north for a wedding yesterday, in one of the most beautiful parts of Britain. Hence the stunning backdrops to telly interviews I did on David Cameron, Andy Coulson and the News of the World phone hacking scandal. ‘Oh Heathcliffe, Heathcliffe,’ or variants on the theme, was the most common text message that […]

Cameron had better be sure he’s right

Posted on 9 July 2009 | 11:07am

So David Cameron has pronounced that Andy Coulson is safe in his job. Assuming Mr Cameron does the basics of leadership, that means he has satisfied himself that his communications director did nothing improper or illegal, nor condoned, used or benefited from anything improper or illegal, in his time as editor of the News of the […]

Guardian scoop has big questions for press, cops and Cameron

Posted on 8 July 2009 | 8:07pm

It is not often that a breaking news story stops me getting into the car and going to see my Mum up north before heading on to Burnley tomorrow to carry on with the film I am making on the club’s promotion to the Premiership. The News of the World phonetap story is one such. Maybe […]