Category: “Media

Don’t blame poor Chloe Smith for Osborne and Gove omnishambles

Posted on 27 June 2012 | 8:06am

One of the more repellent aspects of the play POSH that I keep going on about is, as I said in this review in The Independent, the sexism of the young aristo Oxford Tory members of the Riot aka Bullingdon Club. I wonder if it was sexism, cowardice or sheer incompetence that persuaded George ‘I […]

Great time on The Wright Stuff, and why I am renaming my diaries Fifty Shades of Power

Posted on 26 June 2012 | 11:06am

I must admit to being a bit grouchy with Random House publicity for getting me up for another early start in order to spend much of the morning as a panellist on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff. I am not a daytime telly kind of person … Yet I really enjoyed it, not least because […]

Gove is playing fast and loose with education as a way of aiming even higher (for himself not kids)

Posted on 23 June 2012 | 7:06am

As Michael Gove reflects on his latest intervention, what will have the greater impact on him as he surveys the weekend papers with his usual careful reading? … the fact that he has annoyed huge numbers of heads, teachers, parents and children with his ill-timed (in the middle of exams for heaven’s sake), regressive (he […]

Murdoch’s phone call on Iraq … a little contextualisation

Posted on 16 June 2012 | 6:06am

To be fair to Rupert Murdoch – you don’t hear that too often these days – News International were right to say last night that ‘there isn’t any evidence in Alastair Campbell’s diaries’ that ‘ he was pressing Tony Blair on Iraq on behalf of the Republicans. Nor, to be fair to me, have I […]

Clegg should make clear he can’t support the Gove-Osborne view on Leveson

Posted on 13 June 2012 | 8:06am

Yesterday Nick Clegg tells his MPs not to support Jeremy Hunt in a Commons vote. Today the Deputy Prime Minister appears at the Leveson Inquiry. I suspect there may be a link, and I hope his distancing from David Cameron does not end there. Mr Clegg will have been thinking about how to deal with […]

To get all-party support, Cameron should indicate likely acceptance of Leveson plans when he appears

Posted on 29 May 2012 | 8:05am

Love him or hate him (I lean more to the former camp, you may be surprised to know) Tony Blair reminded a lot of people yesterday why he became the most successful political leader of recent times, and the most successful in Labour’s history. It is not just that he is a good communicator, in […]

Murdoch’s problems may be bigger than we thought

Posted on 24 May 2012 | 6:05am

I spoke at two very different events yesterday, and got some interesting insights into two subjects I think about a fair bit, Rupert Murdoch’s influence, and (unrelated), mental health. The first event was a conference in London of the Australian pension funds industry, and the reason I was there was to take part in a […]

Submission to the Leveson Inquiry

Posted on 14 May 2012 | 6:05pm

Something has gone wrong with the paragraph numbering but if you can ignore that, here is the second submission I made to the Inquiry in advance of giving evidence earlier today. SECOND SUBMISSION TO THE LEVESON INQUIRY FROM ALASTAIR CAMPBELL April 30 2012… INTRODUCTION/MY ROLE Thank you for your letter asking me to provide a […]

Cameron wrong if he thinks sacking nine out of ten civil servants the answer to his problems

Posted on 11 May 2012 | 7:05am

Not much doubt which will be the most read newspaper in Whitehall today… the Daily Telegraph, which leads on a story headlined ‘worst civil servants to be sacked,’ and includes the remarkable line from a ‘minister’ that he is in favour of sacking 90 per cent of them, and paying the remaining 10 per cent […]

Leveson drama will run and run, but double dip recession is event of the week

Posted on 27 April 2012 | 9:04am

A Tory strategist (now there’s a rare bird) is quoted in the FT today as saying ‘I don’t think there will be a permanent impact [from recent troubles] if we can show we are a competent government.’ That may be true, though I doubt it; may be wishful thinking, indeed clearly it is; but the […]