Category: “Politics

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 […]

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 […]