Category: “Media

Looks like the Boris phenomenon may be driven more by media than real people

Posted on 27 September 2012 | 9:09am

Just as the media were looking for any signs of Vince Cable moving against Nick Clegg this week, so when we come to the Tory conference, there will be an even greater focus on Boris Johnson’s positioning vis a vis David Cameron. Boris, and the possibility of him being the next Tory leader and PM, […]

Poor old Cameron thinks twitter and David Letterman can rescue him from lack of success or strategy

Posted on 25 September 2012 | 8:09am

In so far as our Prime Minister impinges upon today’s Labour media monitoring unit analysis of the day’s papers, it is via the revelations that he is to appear on a well-known American chat show, and that he is to ‘take to twitter.’ One of Mr Cameron’s closest advisors – no names but he is […]

Romney, thanks to his gaffes, the Tea Party and Fox News, is turning out to be Obama’s best asset

Posted on 19 September 2012 | 6:09am

Here is a piece the Telegraph asked to do on Mitt Romney’s latest balls-up, his stupid comments on ‘victim’ Americans, and anti-peace Palestinians. We could be reaching the point of no return for Mr R. S and M. Two vital ingredients of any political campaign. No, this is not yet another examination of the Fifty […]

Reshuffle takes UK closer to America, not in a good way, and misses the point of London 2012

Posted on 5 September 2012 | 8:09am

I woke up this morning to an avalanche of tweets in response to my asking on the way home from Stratford last night why the US, so dominant in Olympic sport, appear to be so relatively marginal in the Paralympics. It is never possible to predict what will get a big reaction on twitter, but […]

In hiding away ‘inside Ecuador’ Assange is helping a leader whose media policies Wikileaks should be exposing

Posted on 30 August 2012 | 4:08pm

First, before getting onto the subject in the headline, a restatement of the basic message in my excessive tweets re last night’s Paralympics opening ceremony. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. Danny Boyle’s Olympics ceremony made me proud to be British, and proud to be Northern. Last night’s made me proud to be a citizen of a country […]

Excitement mounting amid countdown to seminal life-changing cultural event

Posted on 27 August 2012 | 12:08pm

The excitement (mine) is mounting … Not quite to the peak of the day I trotted out in front of 72000 people at Old Trafford with Diego Maradona (I never talk about it as regulars know) and three other World Cup winners as team-mates … Nor even an excitement to match election days 1997, 2001 […]

Olympics good place to take stock of primacy of strategy over tactics and reality over PR

Posted on 31 July 2012 | 11:07am

With apologies to Gorkana, who interviewed me a while back, and to whom I said I would post the interview when they ran it, here it is a few days late. They chose to run it on the day of Danny Boyle’s brilliant Olympics opening ceremony, so in common with many others on the planet, […]

Papers should do a few Olympic focus groups and listen to what people are saying

Posted on 21 July 2012 | 6:07am

Greetings from France, where this weekend Bradley Wiggins will write himself into the list of great British sportsmen. The Tour de France is one of the greatest and toughest sporting events in the calendar, and to be the first ever Brit to win it, just five years after British Cycling genius Dave Brailsford set that […]

After a period of silence, an omniblog on Dave-George-Vince omnishambles, Ed and TB, and Bank of Dave

Posted on 13 July 2012 | 8:07am

One of the nice things about writing your own blog, rather than a newspaper column, is that you can write what you want when you want, and not be driven by the agenda or deadlines of others. So when you’re a bit overbusy, and a bit over-tired, as I have been in the last few […]

My first ever rebuttal of a sex scene after Fifty Shades of crap Guardian editing

Posted on 7 July 2012 | 4:07pm

Unsurprisingly, Guardian readers have been rubbishing my so-called sex scene in today’s paper, where I was one of several writers asked to try to turn on women with words and so further help fuel the incredible Fifty Shades of Grey publicity campaign. As EL James’ S and M trilogy continues to break all records, and […]