Category: “Politics

Let’s see more of the Tory candidates please

Posted on 6 October 2009 | 9:10am

I didn’t see much of the Tory Conference yesterday. I was locked away in a radio studio for most of the morning, doing interviews in advance of World Mental Health Day later this week. Then lunch with a former colleague before hopping on a (strangely quiet) train to Leeds, where I was doing a speech, time for […]

Labour needs to fight on record to stop Tory vandalism

Posted on 5 October 2009 | 2:10pm

Even within the Labour Party, people sometimes ask why I keep banging on about the need to keep banging on about the government’s record. The last 24 hours have shown the reason. Imagine that when he was avoiding answers to serious policy questions in Manchester yesterday, David Cameron had suddenly piped up that he was […]

VacuDave goes all peevish at difficult questions. Bring on the debates

Posted on 4 October 2009 | 11:10pm

The BBC lead-in was bang on message for VacuDave tonight, leading its bulletins with talk of his ‘big, bold plans for welfare reform’ and the highly comical notion that the Tories are now the party of jobs. Well done Dave and his spin team then for getting this thought as a major news item rather […]

Lots of joking around in Jersey, though nothing as hysterical as Dave’s Europe position

Posted on 3 October 2009 | 10:10am

Made my first ever trip to Jersey yesterday. Nice place, nice time, good run, met some old friends and then last night did a speech and q and a at a dinner. It is always interesting to see where questions are coming from especially when, as last night, they come from a mix on onstage […]

On The Sun, Obama in Copenhagen and Alistair McGowan on the loo

Posted on 1 October 2009 | 10:10am

Just did the start of Nicky Campbell’s phone-in on Five Live, and it was interesting that Nicky had to scour around for a few pro-Sun messages amid all the negative texts and calls coming in. I said doing interviews yesterday that there was something very old-fashioned about the way The Sun handled its latest switch. […]

Sun switches ain’t wot they used to be

Posted on 30 September 2009 | 10:09am

I was just about to go to bed when Radio Five Live called to ask if I would talk to Richard Bacon about The Sun switching from Labour to Tory.   ‘This is DEV-AS-TAT-ING,’ he said by way of intro though to be fair, when I laughed, he laughed too. Devastating would be Alistair Darling […]

Darling and Mandelson show what I mean by authenticity

Posted on 28 September 2009 | 4:09pm

Popped out to buy a few things at lunchtime. Radio on in the first shop. Alan Simpson calling on Gordon to go. A few shops down the street, BBC News Channel. Graham Stringer calling on Gordon to go. Nothing if not predictable. This was the same Graham Stringer who, at a fundraiser I did for […]

Serious Politics 1 Low Journalism 0

Posted on 27 September 2009 | 11:09am

Gordon Brown did well on the Andrew Marr programme this morning, in difficult circumstances. He was at his best when showing the kind of fighting spirit that Labour supporters hope will define the week ahead. He had something serious and substantial to say about government action to deal with the banking bonus culture. He was […]

Media’s love for Cameron should be turned into a weakness

Posted on 26 September 2009 | 10:09am

I am indebted to one of the commenters on yesterday’s blog for the inspiration for today’s. You see – I do read them; and the ones on Twitter, and the ones on Facebook. I like the comments. I like the ones from people complaining we’ve blocked their response, when it is already up there. I love the rabid […]

Time for ministers to stand up and fight

Posted on 25 September 2009 | 9:09am

I cannot say I agree with everything Roy Hattersley says in The Times today, but I agree with a lot of it. ‘Fight for our beliefs. It is the only way to win.’ That is the headline on his opinion piece. The key word for me is ‘fight’. And he is right too that this […]