Category: “Politics

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, […]

Defend record with pride, attack Tories with gusto

Posted on 10 September 2009 | 11:09am

Well, we got a right old debate going yesterday, when I picked over the parody that was Dave’s performance on the BBC News, and the uber-parody of a piece in the Telegraph on so-called Tory Cool. I’m not pretending all comments, whether on the blog, Facebook or Twitter, were supportive of my view, and there […]

Cameron’s Conservatism beyond parody

Posted on 9 September 2009 | 10:09am

If you’d watched the BBC News last night, you’d have thought Rory Bremner had given up his serious commentator bit and gone back to being a funny impersonator dreaming up lines that no politician, surely, would ever have the nerve to deliver. David Cameron’s performance was beyond parody. The scene was Dave’s kitchen, where he was […]

On transforned cities, and tales of Princess Di and Laura Bush

Posted on 8 September 2009 | 9:09am

I’ve just been for a longish run along the Newcastle quayside, which confirmed me in the view I tweeted last night – that this area has seen a real transformation since the days of successive Tory governments. I know the people who responded on Facebook and Twitter, being ‘friends’ and all that, are likely to […]

Labour should put minister up against Griffin on Question Time

Posted on 6 September 2009 | 12:09pm

BBC Question Time is not alone among programmes in wanting to attract as much attention to itself as it can. In a noisy, crowded marketplace, where viewers have almost infinite choice of how to spend their TV and online time, if you’re not known, you unlikely to get watched. So they will not be unhappy to […]

School speech the latest source of right-wing frothing at Obama

Posted on 5 September 2009 | 8:09am

If you want a taste of what Barack Obama is up against in the ferocity and the bovinity, if such a word exists, of right-wing Americans, scour around the place for some of the reaction to the President’s plans to make a speech in a school in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. Parents are threatening to […]