Category: “Politics

Of Benn and Bono

Posted on 2 April 2009 | 8:04am

Tony Benn said yesterday  that almost all progress starts on the streets, and that the people at the top are usually the last to get the message. Tony and I disagree about a few things, not least on the neccessity of changes that had to be made to the Labour Party, to escape the futility […]

Memo to Sarko – allez vite a Londres

Posted on 1 April 2009 | 8:04am

First the good news from London – it looks like All In The Mind might be made into a film. So if you didn’t get the hardback, get out and buy the newly released paperback now to see why Hollywood (oh ok, a very good UK film company) is interested.  But now the bad news […]

Eurostar, Le Monde and a thought for the G20 sherpas

Posted on 31 March 2009 | 9:03am

On to the early Eurostar and, to get my head into French as I prepare for a mass of interviews to promote my novel, ‘Tout est dans la Tete,’ I picked up Le Monde.  First stop a G20 twelve-page pull out, a reminder of the scale and the challenge of the London Summit. Dotted around […]

Why Kevin Rudd made an impact

Posted on 30 March 2009 | 10:03am

To a party last night, to celebrate a friend’s continuing defeat of cancer, at which no fewer than four people – two political, two not – spontaneously mentioned Australian Prime Mininster Kevin Rudd’s interview on yesterday’s Andrew Marr programme. As I had mentioned it myself on yesterday’s blog, commenting on his excellent tone and his […]

Pre-G20 hype matters less than post-G20 process

Posted on 29 March 2009 | 1:03pm

Lots of talk of expectation setting pre the G20 Summit. It is hard enough if you have near total control over an event – as with a single speech by a single politician, when other people’s hopes and expectations for it can impact for good or bad. It is even harder when it is a […]

A sad sight of the old fearing the young

Posted on 25 March 2009 | 5:03pm

I’ve never fully understood quite why Mirror hack Kevin Maguire feels so bitter, but boy does he? I know he still goes on about some Bill Clinton article he drafted which I am supposed to have given to The Sun. I’ve never had the heart to tell him his draft was so badly written I […]

Post-modern, post-structural, or bullshit?

Posted on 25 March 2009 | 8:03am

And so, by popular demand from Facebook friends and Twitter followers, my blog review of my BBC review of In The Loop. First, let me express my continuing confusion as to what does and does not connect with you online community people. I mean, yesterday morning I posted a moderately thoughtful blog about the lessons […]

Learning the right lessons from Obama

Posted on 24 March 2009 | 8:03am

Lots of memories stirred last night as I sat on a panel to help launch the Fabian Society’s latest book, The Change We Need, on lessons Britain can learn from Barack Obama’s victory. Memories because the venue was Millbank Tower’s media centre, scene of dozens, hundreds of briefings and press conferences in the run up […]

Lazy Dave needs to keep an eye on lazy Ken

Posted on 23 March 2009 | 11:03am

When Ken Clarke was Chancellor, civil servants (and the Prime Minister) used to complain you could never get hold of him at the weekends, and that he would often spend much of Monday travelling back from his constituency without a mobile phone. However irritating this was for some, it all helped build up the image of […]

Dave, Danny and have the Tories really changed?

Posted on 21 March 2009 | 8:03am

I’ve pre-recorded an interview for BBC Radio 4’s The Week In Westminster this morning. Back in the days when I was almost a journalist, I used to present the programme myself, so I was in the same Millbank studio, joining Danny Finkelstein for the two of us to be quizzed by Steve Richards about whether […]