Category: “Media

Hate the Mail, love Obama

Posted on 10 May 2009 | 10:05am

So I wake to a lovely sunny day, remember that Fiona is away, reflect warmly on yesterday’s win, delete the latest rash of radio and TV messages asking me to do an interview on MPs expenses, then wonder what to blog about before I go out on the bike. I could resurrect, for one day only, […]

Should happiness replace prosperity as national goal?

Posted on 8 May 2009 | 8:05am

John Prescott once gave Tony Blair a gift of a plastic fish which, if you pressed it, would sing ‘don’t worry, be happy’ to the former Prime Minister.  I thought of that as I read  the views on the economic crisis of a Prime Minister with the wonderful name of Jigme Thinley. ‘Greed, insatiable human […]

Journalism – print first, think later

Posted on 2 May 2009 | 9:05am

Following on from yesterday’s rebuttal of the TB/AC anti-gay smear re the new poet laureate, I have another good example of ‘print now, think later’ for you. I mentioned I was at the Sport Industry Awards on Thursday night. I mentioned too that I intended to do some high-quality name-dropping as a result. If I […]

My night with Eddie Izzard

Posted on 29 April 2009 | 10:04am

A prediction – Eddie Izzard will be an elected Labour politician within a decade. First, because he wants to be (probably the European Parliament, and he has given himself 15 years rather than ten). Second, because he starts with an advantage over most people going into politics – he is well-known and popular with loads of […]

Explaining the 50p top tax rate

Posted on 28 April 2009 | 9:04am

I’m out at an event with Eddie Izzard later, one of a series the Labour-supporting entertainer is doing to help the Party. And I’ve been thinking – how best to deal with questions about the 50p tax rate. The first thing to say is that we, even more than the Tories, are the ones who […]

Cameron confused over indepdendence and impartiality

Posted on 26 April 2009 | 12:04pm

David Cameron says today he will restore the ‘independence’ of the civil service. I passionately hope he does not become Prime Minister, but if he did, I would advise him to learn the difference between ‘independence’ and ‘impartiality.’ The Civil Service has a duty to be impartial. That is not the same as independent. An […]

Good signals on coal and the Olympics

Posted on 24 April 2009 | 10:04am

As the credit crunch bit, there was a danger of a very bad ‘either-or’ situation developing – either we sort the global economic crisis, or we save the planet, but we can’t do both. To be fair both to Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, they have not lost sight of the importance of the green agenda […]

Two sides to police story

Posted on 20 April 2009 | 11:04am

I’ve talked before about how sometimes a prism forms over a story, so that after a while only one side gets heard. It happens most often to politicians, usually those in power, most intensely when a situation develops with all the ingredients to show them in a bad light. But enough of Damian McBride. It […]

When Facebook friends fall out

Posted on 16 April 2009 | 12:04pm

So I put up a  blog on global warming yesterday, headed off for a three hour bike ride, and came back to outbreaks of incivilities all over my Facebook page. As one commenter, Terry Evans, put it, there could have been all manner of comments and argument about climate change and the politics of the environment, […]

Guardian sightings and the email and bath plug agenda

Posted on 15 April 2009 | 11:04am

It says something about the kind of (left of centre) visitors we have up here in Scotland that on successive days we have had sightings of The Guardian.  Sighting one, on Monday, had a short extract from my blog on the Damian McBride affair, followed by a line from right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes which looked […]