Category: “Politics

No complacency, variants on a theme

Posted on 24 October 2009 | 9:10am

Doubtless a few polls will be kicking around this weekend, and after my message to Labour yesterday to guard against complacency in the face of the BNP, a warning to the Tories today. December 5, 1996, Gallup poll. Labour 59. Tories 22. Now that’s what I call a lead. And they’re nowhere near it, because they […]

Griffin may have been dreadful, but there can be no complacency

Posted on 23 October 2009 | 11:10am

I don’t suppose that the inside of Nick Griffin’s head is a great place to be, what with all that racism, homophobia, curiously selective history, and confusion over what he has or hasn’t said in the past. But I would like to be inside that head this morning, to know what he really thinks about his performance on […]

Margaret Hodge MP on how to fight the BNP

Posted on 22 October 2009 | 4:10pm

With so much focus on Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time tonight, I thought visitors to the site might be interested in this piece from Margaret Hodge, Labour MP for Barking. It is a seat where the BNP has campaigned actively for many years, and where Labour bucked the trend at the European elections, where Griffin’s […]

Thanks to Charlie Falconer and Dominic Grieve – yes, I know he is a Tory

Posted on 21 October 2009 | 5:10pm

This could be a first – a blog containing thanks to a Tory. Not just any old Tory, but the shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve. Mr Grieve debated the future of human rights with former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer in front of a room full of human rights lawyers at Doughty Street chambers in London […]

On Biscuitgate, barmy Tory policy, and BNP v Generals

Posted on 21 October 2009 | 10:10am

I really hope this is my last word on Biscuitgate. But with yet another Times leader on the subject today (admittedly in the context of their criticism of GB for slow congratulations of gymnast Beth Tweddle for her gold medal) I thought you might be interested in this fact. The Prime Minister was not actually […]

More on Obergruppenfuhrer Dacre, Biscuitgate and Bullingdon Conservatism

Posted on 20 October 2009 | 12:10pm

A return to three recent blog stamping grounds if I may, namely Jan Moir, Biscuitgate and Oxford student politics. First, Jan Moir. And a question – where has Mail Obergruppenfuhrer Paul Dacre been as this storm has engulfed his paper? He is always front of queue when it comes to lecturing others on leadership, and yet […]

Biscuitgate and Susan Boyle, no win territory for GB

Posted on 19 October 2009 | 12:10pm

How long before ‘Biscuitgate’ pops up in the ongoing saga of Gordon Brown and his choice of favourite biscuit? Oh, it just did. Richard Nixon, you who opened our politics to the Daddy of the Gates, the Water-one, you have a lot to answer for. Biscuitgate is real ‘can’t win territory’ for GB, as I learned at the […]

Hating the Mail – a mindset worth having

Posted on 17 October 2009 | 11:10am

I booked a cab the other day, and saw The Daily Mail lying on the seat next to the driver. ‘Sorry,’ I said ‘you can have me in the cab, or you can have the Mail, but you can’t have both.’ It was not the first time I had given this ultimatum to unsuspecting drivers. […]

Talking Cameron and Obama with US Democrats. Progressive Convervatism? No, he can’t

Posted on 16 October 2009 | 10:10am

To a meeting of US Democrats Abroad last night, to be interviewed by Catherine Mayer of Time magazine, then by the audience. Always interesting to get the take of politically minded foreigners on our domestic scene, and there was more evidence, admittedly from generally Labour-minded people, that the Tories are weaker than is generally assumed. More […]

Inspired by kids’ green passion

Posted on 14 October 2009 | 6:10pm

Back from a very nice day spent talking about campaigns with 100 schoolchildren aged 11-14 who have decided they’re going to change the world – or at least the bits of the world they live in. Ten teams of ten are the finalists in the npower Climate Cops SOS competition to find the best green […]