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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, […]

Memo to Apple boss Steve Jobs

Posted on 13 September 2009 | 5:09pm

Memo to SJ From AC re: earphones Great to see you looking so well after your liver transplant, and well done on all the new products. Can’t say I understand them all, but judging by the fact you made the top trends on Twitter, even as you were speaking, it is clear the SJ magic […]

A day in the life of a (crap) City trader

Posted on 11 September 2009 | 5:09pm

Was it Atticus Finch who said don’t judge a man until you have tried to walk in his shoes? Or was he just quoting someone from the Bible, or from Shakespeare, who said pretty much everything there was to be said, long before The Beatles said all had been said before? Whoever it was, it came […]

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 […]