Category: “Politics

Tongues slipping all over the place

Posted on 8 October 2009 | 9:10am

Did Nick Robinson really refer to David Cameron as the Prime Minister? And should any of us be terribly surprised? Now of course it is possible to excuse the BBC political editor’s mistake as a slip of the tongue. The Conference season has been going for some weeks. That is an awful lot of day […]

Cameron confuses strategy and tactics and puts Union at risk

Posted on 7 October 2009 | 10:10am

Off to Scotland today and, in what those who ever ate with him call ‘Robert Maxwell catering’, I will be at two dinners, one an awards ceremony, the second a Labour fundraiser. For Captain Bob, two dinners was in fact sometimes a conservative assessment of his eating capacity. I remember once attending a dinner he […]

Osborne inspires apathy at BBC Leeds

Posted on 6 October 2009 | 4:10pm

Call me a saddo, but I was determined to watch George Osborne’s speech live. In the media age,this ought to have been straightforward. I left Sheffield, where I was picking up a 50k cheque from Dransfield Properties for Leukamia Research’s Big 5-0 campaign, at eleven, with an hour to get to Leeds. I made it […]

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 […]