Category: “Sport

Forget the anti-politics politician stuff about Boris – we are witnessing a ruthless power play

Posted on 1 August 2012 | 2:08pm

As Boris Johnson charmingly and ruthlessly exploits the Olympics to build and extend his profile, he is beginning to remind me of another blonde charismatic Tory, namely Michael Heseltine. The more Boris protests that he is not seeking to undermine David Cameron, the more I am reminded of Hezza’s pitch when he was but publicly […]

Olympics good place to take stock of primacy of strategy over tactics and reality over PR

Posted on 31 July 2012 | 11:07am

With apologies to Gorkana, who interviewed me a while back, and to whom I said I would post the interview when they ran it, here it is a few days late. They chose to run it on the day of Danny Boyle’s brilliant Olympics opening ceremony, so in common with many others on the planet, […]

Crack the empty seats problem and we are on for best Games start ever

Posted on 29 July 2012 | 10:07am

There is something very British about the obsession (which I confess to sharing) with empty seats at big events. I am not aware of any other country where ‘you couldn’t sell all your tickets’ is a popular football chant insult. But unless the empty seats problem is solved soon, it is an insult likely to […]

The long and winding road to 2012 – and the turning point of a stack of handwritten letters to Tony Blair

Posted on 27 July 2012 | 10:07am

It was as a result of a mid morning phone call from Tessa Jowell that I went to my diaries for 2002 and 2003 and tweeted some of the key moments in the history of the Olympic Bid. She was calling from the athletes’ village, where she is staying for the duration of the Games […]

Wiggins’ win the start of a great British summer for sport – and the chance to rescue Olympics legacy

Posted on 22 July 2012 | 11:07am

Out this morning for a pre-Wiggo-triumph two-hour ride through small French towns and villages, I popped into a little bike shop to get a few bits and bobs. Bradley Wiggins’ yellow helmet took pride of place in the helmet stall. Black socks were doing better than usual. And despite the hefty price tag, the shop […]

Papers should do a few Olympic focus groups and listen to what people are saying

Posted on 21 July 2012 | 6:07am

Greetings from France, where this weekend Bradley Wiggins will write himself into the list of great British sportsmen. The Tour de France is one of the greatest and toughest sporting events in the calendar, and to be the first ever Brit to win it, just five years after British Cycling genius Dave Brailsford set that […]

G4S boss needs a haircut – and Cameron and May need to get a grip

Posted on 15 July 2012 | 9:07am

First impressions matter. Nowhere is that more important than in the growth industry of event security. I like my security guards to look like Howard Webb, tall and strong, with a pleasing manner but really firm authority. I do not feel safe when I am patted down by young men half my size with bad skin, […]

Cycling bug tightens its grip after day in Garmin support car

Posted on 6 June 2012 | 8:06am

I am well aware that there are millions of cycling fans who would want and deserve more than I do to have been where I was yesterday, but who said life was fair? David Millar got in touch, asked if I fancied going in the Garmin support car at the Dauphine, and I said yes. […]

It’ll take more than the Queen’s popularity and the Olympics to help Tories shift the mood around them now

Posted on 31 May 2012 | 8:05am

A while back I remember reading an article in which, on the back of the Royal Wedding, a senior Tory was predicting that with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics to come, Britain was set for a wave of patriotism which would benefit his party. Well the wave of patriotism is certainly upon us, but […]

This can be a one-term Tory government. Labour need to start raising the cash to fight them

Posted on 22 May 2012 | 12:05pm

I am becoming more and more convinced that this could be a one-term government, and that David Cameron will go down in history as a one-term Prime Minister who never won an election. It is not just about the economy, stupid. It is the fact that the government appears to be so clueless about what […]