Category: “Sport

Why ‘Villagate’ is about more than football: it goes to the heart of Cameron character and how he does politics

Posted on 26 April 2015 | 6:04am

Alex Ferguson once said ‘there are two things you can never change – the way you walk. And your football team.’ Now as it happens I think some people do change the way they walk. But football, bloody hell, no, you just cannot change the club you love. So Fergie, despite all those years with […]

Why Australia won their fifth World Cup, and why they deserved to

Posted on 29 March 2015 | 6:03pm

As Australia celebrates yet another sporting success, time to remember the #PUTOUTYOURBATS campaign, which started with this simple quote. “I picked up my cricket bat and I swung it around a few times and padded it down on the ground.” The kind of thing Steven Smith might have said about walking to the crease before making […]

Australia is a winning country, but it looks to me like Tony Abbott is a losing PM

Posted on 1 March 2015 | 12:03pm

If Australians awake tomorrow to see a bleary-eyed me talking to them down a line from late evening London, apologies. In addition to trying to stick to a long-planned media and events book launch schedule, I have had to factor in Burnley FC and, less expectedly, hospital visits to a relative taken ill. So, barely a week […]

Politics has so much to learn from business and sport in the art of winning

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 2:11pm

It is always a nice moment when the publisher sends through the final, final version of the cover of a planned new book. It is especially nice when the designer has taken an idea given by the author – I wanted all the names in my WINNERS book inside an Olympic Gold Medal – and […]

If Lineker can speak out against booze and gambling in sport, so can politicians. And they should

Posted on 4 August 2014 | 4:08am

So he goes from the World Cup in Rio to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and next stop the Edinburgh TV Festival for Gary Lineker. Busy man. Lineker is my latest GQ interviewee, the magazine out this week, and some of the media have picked up this morning on very strong comments he made about […]

Poor Piers Morgan cannot bear to admit the truth about my sporting prowess

Posted on 13 July 2014 | 1:07pm

For two days in a row I have to rebut the heinous slurs of the right-wing media. Yesterday The Sun on Sunday on my work in Albania, today mon vieux ami-ennemi Piers Morgan in the aptly named Mail on Scumday. I do not allow the wretched rag in the house, just as I don’t allow […]

Just for my Mum, a blog about non-blogging, non-news following, Harriet and cycling

Posted on 27 July 2013 | 1:07pm

This one is for my Mum. She is not the only one to say ‘you haven’t been blogging much lately,’ but she is the only one who is my Mum. This is a new maternal criticism. She normally criticises me when she sees me on the telly without a tie (usually Andrew Neil’s fault because […]

Speech on modern media, modern comms, modern strategy and why the Queen is a great communicator

Posted on 27 June 2013 | 9:06am

Here is the speech I am about to make – grandly titled an Oration Address by the organisers, to the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs, Thursday June 27, Melbourne.​ Forgive the references to slides, lovingly prepared by my daughter, which the audience will see but I don’t have a clue how to put on here. […]

The power of the human spirit in a marathon is greater than a bomb

Posted on 16 April 2013 | 1:04pm

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Gove helping to destroy Olympic legacy plans. What does he have against sport exactly?

Posted on 18 December 2012 | 10:12am

The BBC did a brilliant job with their Sports Personality show on Sunday. If I had one small complaint it was in the air-brushing of any politics or politicians from the narrative. ‘Keep politics out of sport’ has a certain compelling appeal, but sport is an intensely political area. Always has been (think Eastern Europe, […]