Category: “Politics

Today’s media double standards watch

Posted on 24 September 2009 | 9:09am

If you read in a newspaper that ‘Unemployment could top five million if the Labour government continues with its economic policies, a leading economist warned,’ and if the leading economist turned out to be a former member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee, Professor David Blanchflower, do you think that you might read […]

Breaking News – GB wins award, Lib Dems face all ways

Posted on 23 September 2009 | 9:09am

If you get out a microscope, and scour the British papers today, paying very close attention to a small number of very small articles, you might be able to discover that Gordon Brown won an award as World Statesman of the Year in advance of the United Nations General Assembly. Take the miscroscope down to the […]

Why authenticity is the key to comms, and why Merkel will win

Posted on 22 September 2009 | 8:09am

  Here is an article I wrote which appeared in Le Figaro yesterday, on the importance of authenticity in communications. Barring a major surprise, Angela Merkel will be re-elected Chancellor of Germany next Sunday. If it were a straight Presidential vote, she would win by a landslide, as she polls way ahead of her Christian Democrat Union party.   […]

Why I love NHS walk-in centres

Posted on 21 September 2009 | 12:09pm

Not for the first time, I must thank an NHS walk-in centre for patching me up after another attempt to pretend I am still young, and full of athletic and sporting potential. My 1hr 50 (ish, depending on how much time I reduce for interview stops) time in the Great North Run, a personal worst by […]

Here goes with the smoked Salmond

Posted on 20 September 2009 | 10:09am

The editor of the Sunday Mail (no, not the Mail on Scumday, for which I would never write, but the Glasgow-based paper) was taken by my blog the other day suggesting David Cameron was Alex Salmond’s Trojan Horse in his drive for independence. He asked me to elaborate for today’s paper. Here’s what I said. […]

Breaking News – Cameron’s vacuousness an impersonator’s nightmare

Posted on 19 September 2009 | 11:09am

Had a very nice time interviewing Alistair McGowan for Radio 4′s Chain Reaction last night. Eddie Izzard’s interview with me goes out on Wednesday, so I assume the Ali(a)stairs’ chat goes out the week after.  We recorded about 45 minutes, which will get edited down to half an hour. It was fascinating to watch someone […]

Cameron has an army of spin doctors – aka journalists

Posted on 18 September 2009 | 10:09am

For those of you who don’t get the New Statesman, here is the piece I have written for this week’s issue, on the media’s love-in with David Cameron. Have vlogged on similar subject. Accustomed though I am to occasional populism, I found myself having to squirm away from the TV when David Cameron came on […]

On Scottish independence, Cameron’s short-termism, and Jimmy Carter being right

Posted on 17 September 2009 | 9:09am

  I was in Edinburgh yesterday, speaking at a communications conference, followed by a lunch and q and a, during which I was asked if people in England were aware of how the independence debate was unfolding, and whether they cared. As I replied, it struck me that one of the downsides of devolution – […]

Is Cameron Alex Salmond’s Trojan Horse?

Posted on 15 September 2009 | 10:09am

Before I get onto politics, well done to Eddie Izzard as he finishes his incredible run around the UK. For most runners, one marathon is a big enough challenge. By the end of today, Eddie will have done 43 in 52 days, all the way raising money for Sport Relief. I first heard of his […]

On the TUC, Roy of the Rovers and Anna Wintour

Posted on 14 September 2009 | 11:09am

Once upon a time, there would have been only one contender for the main story of the coming week – the gathering of the Trades Union Congress in Liverpool. It used to be an event covered with exactly the same focus and intensity as the main party conferences, with the Liberals a poor fourth behind Labour, […]