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Come on Dave and Nick – stop the carping

Posted on 19 April 2010 | 9:04am

There really is something quite unpleasant seeing the two big parties take lumps off each other. Come on, Nick and David, this is so old politics. The public are crying out for something more elevated than all this yah-boo blue-orange, orange-blue carping. That’s why I was so pleased to hear that the party put third […]

A friendly letter to David Cameron

Posted on 18 April 2010 | 10:04am

Dear David, First the good news. We had our wobbles too. No, not this week (and by the way perhaps I should send you the ‘what Cameron will do’ note I did pre-debate. Of my top ten that you should have done, you only did three and a half.) But enough of that. You want […]

Clegg rise good news for the campaign

Posted on 17 April 2010 | 10:04am

The rise in Lib Dem support since the TV debate is the best thing that can happen to this election. Oh ok, a sudden ten point rise for Labour, matched by a Tory slide, would have been better, but it was never likely, so this is a good second best. It means finally there is the […]

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 […]