Category: “Politics

The scandal of friendship and the shame of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Posted on 7 November 2009 | 10:11am

Is there no end to the cruelty of the Daily Telegraph in its coverage of MPs’ expenses? My God, they have only gone and published a detailed account of my exit from a celebrity (sic) edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Just when Fiona and I were finally getting over it.  Why in […]

US clarity of strategy required for full explanation on Afghanistan

Posted on 6 November 2009 | 10:11am

Gordon Brown is right today to be setting out – and he should keep setting out – the basic case for Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan. As Paddy Ashdown said yesterday, this war will not be won or lost militarily, but in the bars, sitting rooms and workplaces of those countries – democracies – who are contributing […]

Just because he is French doesn’t mean he’s wrong

Posted on 5 November 2009 | 10:11am

David Cameron will be thinking he has just about got away with his Europe fandango. MEP Daniel Hannan resigns from a job few knew he had … this is a low damage count. Cameron may even be taking some comfort from the fact that the noisiest criticism of him appears to come from a Frenchman. Nothing like […]

Congratulations to David Cameron and Trevor Kavanagh

Posted on 4 November 2009 | 10:11am

Congratulations to David Cameron … now there’s something you never thought you’d see on here. But I mean it. I’m impressed. Turn to page 4 of The Guardian and you will see why. He is standing, in the middle of a London Underground carriage, clutching a sheaf of papers in one hand, and WRITING with […]

Is there a Sun blackout on Cameron’s dumping of ‘cast iron guarantee’ on Europe?

Posted on 3 November 2009 | 8:11pm

I just paid a visit to the Sun’s online service, to see what they were doing with David Cameron’s dumping of his ‘cast iron guarantee’ – made to the paper’s readers – to hold a referendum on Europe.  If you take the front page and the main news page together, I reckon you’re looking at going on for […]

Johnson seems to get it on immigration. Right on advisors advising too

Posted on 3 November 2009 | 11:11am

It’s a shame Alan Johnson became embroiled in the controversy over the sacking of a drugs policy advisor just as he was making an important speech on immigration. I hope nonetheless that the Home Secretary’s basic message gets through, because it suggests he ‘gets it.’ As I know from my time trying to explain government […]

Public opinion on climate change – the public might be the problem

Posted on 2 November 2009 | 11:11am

It is one of the golden rules of democratic politics that you are never allowed to turn towards the public and tell them they are the problem. Like many golden rules, from time to time it deserves to be broken. Because when you read a survey which states that only 15 per cent of British people worry […]

John Sergeant spot on re TB. TB’s Olympics legacy. Liam Gallagher’s generosity

Posted on 30 October 2009 | 11:10am

A couple of nice surprises on Question Time last night. First, I was fearing real car crash telly with former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith appearing for the first time since she got caught up in the expenses scandal. But she handled herself well in difficult circumstances. So that was surprise numero uno. Second, it was […]

Conservative contortions on Europe and Blair

Posted on 29 October 2009 | 11:10am

It is fascinating to watch the Conservative contortions over Europe and Tony Blair. They suggest Europe as an issue remains a huge problem for them. These are problems David Cameron needs to sort out, because if he were to become Prime Minister, one of the many surprises in store for him is just how much […]

Two-jobs Osborne suffering credibility deficit

Posted on 28 October 2009 | 9:10am

The Financial Times had an interesting editorial yesterday, on shadow chancellor George Osborne’s attempt to ally himself with the public anger over bankers’ bonuses. At the heart of the article was a question that is asked widely in political and business circles – whether Osborne can be both shadow chancellor, seeking to show he has […]