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In saying TB achieved nothing compared with coalition, at least Gideon shows sense of humour if zero strategy for growth

Posted on 8 October 2012 | 2:10pm

I missed Little Lord Fauntleroy’s address to the faithful, but it appears I did not miss a new strategy for growth. So that’s two years in a row on that front, Gideon. It is heartening, however, to hear that despite being the most unpopular Chancellor since Norman Lamont, and the most incompetent Chancellor since, er, […]

Sad stories as Irish leave home; and a reminder not all governments as useless with the economy as Cameron’s

Posted on 6 October 2012 | 11:10am

Good fun as ever in Ireland yesterday, with a seminar on alcohol abuse with politicians and policy experts, a meeting with the See Change and Headline campaigns against mental health stigma, a tour of twitter HQ and then off to the Late Late Show. Great to meet up again with retiring (in both senses of […]

On Cameron doing little right, Clegg’s resilience, Miliband’s possible breakthrough moment

Posted on 5 October 2012 | 7:10am

So, to the excellent question I was asked at a software conference yesterday – is David Cameron doing anything right, does Nick Clegg have a future, and is Ed Miliband electable as Prime Minister? I ended up answering yes, yes and yes, but with varying degrees of caveat and qualification. For Cameron, the problem I […]

Technological illiteracy (TB’s), hubris (mine), loathing of Downton Abbey, (mine) and a question (Dave, Nick and Ed)

Posted on 4 October 2012 | 1:10pm

To the Institute of Directors this morning and a speech to a large room full of experts from public and private sector, at a conference organised by software specialists KANA. It is always good to get an audience laughing before going into serious stuff like economic mayhem, political shambles and transport fiasco. So I told […]

For Cameron, One Nation, Big Society and All In This Together are RIP. Ed Miliband has seized the opportunity this represents

Posted on 2 October 2012 | 2:10pm

David Cameron is likely to feign indifference to Ed Miliband’s speech when asked about it, as he will be in the coming days. But he will be worried about it. When he PM was busy ‘decontaminating the brand’ of the Tory Party, there were a few notions that were central to that. One Nation was […]

The door is opening on a public hearing for Ed Miliband, which makes this a big week for Labour

Posted on 30 September 2012 | 1:09pm

I missed Ed Miliband on the Marr programme and so, as is increasingly the case these days, I rely on twitter for a sense of how it went. According to some, Marr was a tad tougher than he tends to be on the other leaders, whilst the general reaction to Ed seems to have been […]

Looks like the Boris phenomenon may be driven more by media than real people

Posted on 27 September 2012 | 9:09am

Just as the media were looking for any signs of Vince Cable moving against Nick Clegg this week, so when we come to the Tory conference, there will be an even greater focus on Boris Johnson’s positioning vis a vis David Cameron. Boris, and the possibility of him being the next Tory leader and PM, […]

Poor old Cameron thinks twitter and David Letterman can rescue him from lack of success or strategy

Posted on 25 September 2012 | 8:09am

In so far as our Prime Minister impinges upon today’s Labour media monitoring unit analysis of the day’s papers, it is via the revelations that he is to appear on a well-known American chat show, and that he is to ‘take to twitter.’ One of Mr Cameron’s closest advisors – no names but he is […]

Oh dear, Mr Mitchell, you really don’t want the people looking after you offside you know

Posted on 21 September 2012 | 9:09am

Remember the launch of Labour’s manifesto in 2001? No? Ok, well if I say ‘do you remember John Prescott thumping the bloke with a mullet hair cut?’ and possibly ‘do you remember Sharon Storer, the woman who took Tony Blair to task outside a Birmingham hospital?’ you might recall it better. But there was a […]

‘Mumsnet for worried drinkers’ – Guest blog from two women setting up new website aimed at middle-class women

Posted on 20 September 2012 | 7:09am

A woman named Lucy Rocca recently sent me the following email. ‘I first became aware of your personal interest in alcohol issues in the UK, after watching your excellent Panorama programme about the middle classes’ growing binge drinking crisis, back in February. My business partner and I have both had personal struggles with alcohol but […]