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Even their own polls say GB did better than they’re saying

Posted on 23 April 2010 | 3:04pm

One of the broadcasters told one of GB’s aides last night that David Cameron ‘won’ the second leaders’ TV debate. Fine, you might think. The guy’s entitled to his opinion, and that was what he thought. The only problem is – he said it just after 6pm, well before the debate took place. What he […]

Now let’s have less process more policy

Posted on 23 April 2010 | 10:04am

As it was not the first, perhaps last night’s TV debate was not as exciting as the one last week, but it was nonetheless an enjoyable and illuminating ninety minutes. In the so-called spin room afterwards, as I declared GB the winner, Channel 4’s highly intelligent political editor Gary Gibbon asked me whether, had I […]

Press Clegg-bashing not helping Cameron. Debate should be on policy

Posted on 22 April 2010 | 12:04pm

As the Tories encourage the papers to savage Nick Clegg any which way they can, it is worth remembering that they have been doing much the same to Gordon Brown for months, backed by one of the biggest and most personal poster campaigns in history. Has it helped David Cameron? Not much. His and his […]

Clegg’s debate strategy hardly new honest politics

Posted on 21 April 2010 | 12:04pm

Just been for a run round Cardiff, looking fabulous in the sunshine (Cardiff, that is, not me; I looked a bit slow and knackered and felt relieved I am not doing the London Marathon on Sunday.) I ran past the Welsh Assembly, which has done a lot to give Wales a greater confidence and sense […]

More policy on the telly please

Posted on 20 April 2010 | 7:04pm

There is a bit of a problem with the way the media, public service broadcasters included, now cover politics in general and elections in particular. Back in my journalistic days, writes a middle-aged old fart, not only did the manifestoes get covered seriously and in full but so, on subsequent days, did specific policy issues […]

As Cameron revises body language, focus should be Lib Dem policy

Posted on 20 April 2010 | 10:04am

With my usual indebtedness to the Labour Party media monitoring unit, may I commend for your attention a story on page 2 of the Financial Times, headlined ‘Cameron to relax poise for TV’ . Now whenever you see an anonymous quote in a newspaper, you are entitled to assume there is a fair chance it […]

Cameron junks broadcast – is he morphing into John Major?

Posted on 19 April 2010 | 2:04pm

David Cameron has junked tonight’s planned party election broadcast in favour of one that ‘responds to the public mood.’ Now what does that remind me of? Where was I? Oh yes, Southampton, April 16, 1997 … with TB, when news came through that John Major had junked that evening’s planned party election broadcast in favour […]

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 […]