Category: “Politics

Hate the Mail, love Obama

Posted on 10 May 2009 | 10:05am

So I wake to a lovely sunny day, remember that Fiona is away, reflect warmly on yesterday’s win, delete the latest rash of radio and TV messages asking me to do an interview on MPs expenses, then wonder what to blog about before I go out on the bike. I could resurrect, for one day only, […]

MPs expenses – time for party leaders to meet again

Posted on 9 May 2009 | 9:05am

A few weeks ago, when the expenses row was simmering not boiling, David Cameron suggested to Gordon Brown that he and Nick Clegg (the leader of the Liberal Democrats) get together and try to work out a new system. Of course there may have been politics in there. He is the Leader of the Opposition […]

Should happiness replace prosperity as national goal?

Posted on 8 May 2009 | 8:05am

John Prescott once gave Tony Blair a gift of a plastic fish which, if you pressed it, would sing ‘don’t worry, be happy’ to the former Prime Minister.  I thought of that as I read  the views on the economic crisis of a Prime Minister with the wonderful name of Jigme Thinley. ‘Greed, insatiable human […]

Musings from a sleepless night

Posted on 7 May 2009 | 7:05am

If you read The Blair Years, you will know that I get the occasional night of insomnia. This is the end of one. Fiona always says, when I nudge her awake to say I haven’t slept, ‘you’ve slept more than you think.’ To which I always say ‘how do you know, you’ve been asleep?’ She may […]

Maggie’s legacy not as great as she thinks

Posted on 5 May 2009 | 8:05am

The right-wing papers have had a showering of hagiography for Margaret Thatcher in recent days, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of her coming to power. Most of it has focussed on the economic (without any reference to the current mess) and the geopolitical (her and Ronnie tearing down the Berlin Wall). Last night’s dramatisation […]

Here’s hoping Cardiff is metaphor for Cameron

Posted on 4 May 2009 | 9:05am

It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Cardiff. In the space of one afternoon, both their football and rugby teams crashed out in the closest, cruellest manner possible. A few weeks ago, Cardiff City were thinking automatic promotion to the Premiership was on, let alone the play-offs. The turning point was a 6-0 […]

More Mr Benn and Co please

Posted on 3 May 2009 | 10:05am

Some very good responses on Facebook to my obseration that Hilary Benn is a good speaker – pointing out he did a decent defence of the government on Question Time, others that he handled tricky questions on student finance well when he did one of the Eddie Izzard q and a sessions, plus people just saying […]

Going Fourth with JP

Posted on 2 May 2009 | 6:05pm

Greetings from Keighley, my home town, where John Prescott and I have been out with Labour MP Ann Cryer, canidate to succeed her Jayne Thomas, and candidates for the European elections on June 4 (or July 4 as John kept saying on his battlebus megaphone). He may get his dates muddled, but he can still show politicians […]

In praise of two poets

Posted on 1 May 2009 | 10:05am

There was me, post Damian McBride, thinking that the media might rely a little less on anonymous briefings (sometimes so anonymous as to exist only in the imagination of the journalist), but I got into a cab in the early hours, my phone having been on mute for the duration of the Sport Industry Awards, to find a […]

JP hits the road again

Posted on 29 April 2009 | 6:04pm

You can take the man out of the leadership, but you can’t take the leadership out of the man. Oh, he will love that one will John Prescott. He always had a soft spot for my soundbite-crafting. He just didn’t like people to know. How many times did he tell me that he couldn’t be […]