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News blackout on Olympian success story

Posted on 28 February 2010 | 2:02pm

With the Tories doing enough damage on their own, and the polls continuing to narrow as they happily  ignore all the free advice I give them here, I thought I’d do a rare blog free of Tory bashing. Instead a return to two of my favourite themes – the UK media’s refusal to accept that […]

Kseniya Simonova’s got talent

Posted on 27 February 2010 | 9:02pm

Every so often someone sends you one of those ‘you must see this’ video clips which you’re really glad you didn’t immediately consign to the electronic dustbin.  One such arrived in my inbox yesterday, and though eight minutes is a long time to be taking a punt on someone’s assumptions about how I like to […]

Debate expectations in a good place for GB and Clegg

Posted on 26 February 2010 | 10:02am

In a piece for The Times earlier this week, about how social networking was changing the way many people consume media and interact with the political debate, I referred to the TV debates between the party leaders, which will be a genuinely new development in the forthcoming campaign. I said the relative spending power of […]

We all agree – Carlisle is cleverer than DC

Posted on 25 February 2010 | 11:02am

A call from the lady who might be termed my common law mother-in-law this morning, Audrey, who is aware of my aversion to listening to the news in the morning, and therefore acts as an occasional voluntary media monitoring service. She often calls to tell me what people have said about me, always delighting in delivering mild expletives […]

On News International phone-hacking and Cameron

Posted on 24 February 2010 | 9:02am

When The Guardian reported last year on the scale of alleged phone-hacking by the News of the World under then editor Andy Coulson, there was considerable broadcast media coverage, but within 24 hours, it all went fairly quiet. A print media normally keen to fuel any high octane frenzy (recent events concerning the so-called bullying […]

GB, temper or not, a better leader for Britain than DC

Posted on 23 February 2010 | 10:02am

I thought David Steel was rather good on Newsnight last night. I was half asleep, if woken by the shouting match between JP and Andrew Rawnsley, but Steel’s main point seemed to be a lament that this is the kind of thing that now dominates political debate. There is always a danger, once you hit […]

Cameron inquiry call says more about him than GB

Posted on 22 February 2010 | 3:02pm

Interesting moment at BBC London – I was there to be interviewed by Robert Elms about my book and my views on matters London – when the ‘news’ was announced that David Cameron had ‘called for an inquiry’ into GB and bullying. Interesting because of the rolling eyes and the ‘inquiry into what?’ shouts from […]

Some great stuff in The Observer today

Posted on 21 February 2010 | 11:02am

There is some fantastic stuff in The Observer today. As I am heading to Villa to see Burnley later today, forgive me if I am a bit rushed and so only point out four things. 1. is the final paragraph of the lead story. I will quote it – the final paragraph that is – in […]

Game definitely on. If polls narrow more, Tory jitters set in

Posted on 20 February 2010 | 2:02pm

Good speech by GB, good interview by Douglas Alexander in The Guardian, and a few more narrowing polls may well see Tory jitters becoming a fullscale wobble. The pundits are being pretty dismissive of ‘a future fair for all’ as a slogan, on the grounds that it is a bit same old same old. On […]

Cameron so right about pigs in pokes

Posted on 19 February 2010 | 9:02am

‘Preying on young children before they have wised up to what is being sold to them isn’t right.’ So says David Cameron on the issue of ‘sexualising’ of children through marketing and advertising. Hear hear. But delete ‘young chldren’ in the opening sentence above, insert ‘the electorate’, and we have DC’s Tories in a nutshell. […]