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The election landscape has changed. Exciting times

Posted on 16 April 2010 | 2:04pm

My old mate Bruce Grocott, Tony Blair’s parliamentary aide and a top top man, once said that if he and I ever wrote a book, we should call it ‘why I was right all along.’ It was a variation on the theme of ‘they’re all mad apart from you and me and even you are […]

Clegg wins on style, Brown on substance, Cameron on shallowness

Posted on 16 April 2010 | 1:04am

As I do a fair bit of media-whacking, let me start my post-debate analysis with a few words of praise for Alastair Stewart. The ITV chair of the first leaders’ debate resisted the temptation to make himself a big part of the procedings and he moved events along at a good pace. As a TV […]


Eddie Izzard’s brilliant broadcast on brilliant Britain

Posted on 15 April 2010 | 9:04pm

Bring on the big debate. And don’t miss Eddie Izzard tomorrow

Posted on 15 April 2010 | 6:04pm

I think I have now read every word David Cameron has ever spoken (well, every word he has spoken which has been recorded). Heir to Blair he ain’t. Go back and read TB speeches way back when, and then the last speeches he made as PM, and it is possible to discern the same big […]

Cameron’s preference for process over policy in pre debate blather

Posted on 14 April 2010 | 3:04pm

Interesting observation from David Cameron about tomorrow’s TV debate. Despite every single rule having been agreed by his team in discussions with Labour, the Lib Dems and the broadcasters, he cannot resist getting into a little process-ology 24 hours out. An American friend of mine who has done a bit of work in US TV […]

Black hole plus DIY public services – Cameron’s second manifesto

Posted on 13 April 2010 | 10:04am

So the Big Idea is that we can run our own lives. Apparently it is going to lead to a Big Society. And that is going to be really really nice. Not nasty like Thatcherism. Not nasty like the manifesto David Cameron wrote for Michael Howard in 2005. Like a lot that David Cameron says, […]

Never mind 5 more years of GB. It’s three more weeks of DC people worry about

Posted on 12 April 2010 | 11:04am

We’re at that stage of the football season players and managers call ‘the business end’. In election campaigns, the business end comes earlier in the cycle, with the launch of the manifestoes, Labour’s today, the Tories’ tomorrow, then the Lib Dems. It has been interesting to dip in and out of the papers and online […]

Ashdown spot on about Tories’ Sarah Palin moment

Posted on 11 April 2010 | 12:04pm

What a joy to turn on the BBC this morning and see Michael Howard on the Andrew Marr sofa. More, more, more please. Looking at twitter it’s clear I was not alone in thinking that the former Tory leader is a good reminder of what Tories are really like as David Cameron poses round the […]

London Marathon the best of British

Posted on 10 April 2010 | 12:04pm

An election free blog! How’s that for variety? Oh ok, the Tories’ plans on National Insurance Contributions are unravelling, and Brown and Darling have more economic credibility in their eyebrows than Cameron and Osborne possess in the entirety of their Bullingdon brains. But that is all I am saying on the election. Vote Labour to […]

Pressure needs to be kept on Tories over NICs

Posted on 9 April 2010 | 1:04pm

One of my rules of political communications is that just as the politicians are getting tired of saying something, and the media are getting bored of hearing them say it, is the point at which you have to keep going with an argument. That is where we are right now in relation to National Insurance […]