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Bumping into Peter M on the fundraising campaign trail

Posted on 14 March 2010 | 12:03am

I really hope Peter Mandelson is not too downhearted by the news doing the rounds on twitter and elsewhere that I attracted a bigger crowd to my Manchester fundraiser on Saturday night than Peter did on Friday. If he were, the disappointment must surely be exacerbated by the fact that his event was free, whilst […]

Adonis shows the way on transport, and debates

Posted on 12 March 2010 | 12:03pm

It was inevitable that the sight of three Labour MPs and a Tory peer walking into court would dominate the news agenda yesterday. Of course it was a real story, but of far greater lasting significance to Britain’s future was the announcement of the plans for a high-speed rail network. Meet virtually anyone in the transport […]

The record needs a better hearing – Labour and Tory

Posted on 11 March 2010 | 8:03am

Due to a scheduling balls-up, I was last night at a Labour fundraiser in Greenwhich when I would rather have been at Burnley’s re-arranged home match against Stoke. Of the fundraiser, more later, but it meant for one night only I was like Bob and Terry from that brilliant episode of The Likely Lads, when […]

On football and morality

Posted on 10 March 2010 | 4:03pm

Good for Gordon

Posted on 10 March 2010 | 2:03am

What happened to the detoxification of the Tory brand?

Posted on 6 March 2010 | 12:03pm

I must say that David Cameron is coming along rather well as a comic character. Take a look at this from page 2 of today’s Financial Times …  ‘Mr Cameron sought yesterday to attempt a return to business as usual by announcing a voter-friendly policy to ensure greater transparency in local government. Any council worker earning […]

Support, activism and hope returning to Labour

Posted on 5 March 2010 | 9:03am

Of course one of the problems with a blog is that people read it, and can use it to try to embarrass you. So there I was, at a Labour fundraiser in Dulwich last night, and local MP Tessa Jowell introduced me by reading my blog of Wednesday in which I admitted I sometimes found […]

Happy Birthday Lord Ashcroft HB2U

Posted on 4 March 2010 | 10:03am

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Lord Ashcroft, happy birthday to you. Yes, the Great Man of Mystery celebrates his 64th birthday today. But three problems may be casting a cloud over the cake-cutting. First, he is being talked about in the media, which he seems not to like. Second, despite David […]

Tribute to a lovely man

Posted on 3 March 2010 | 5:03pm

Michael Foot … above all else a lovely man

Posted on 3 March 2010 | 2:03pm

The tributes will focus on Michael Foot the politician, the minister, the leader, the wonderful orator. They will highlight too his journalism and his writing, and the great causes he supported. I hope that what also comes through is what a lovely man he was, right to the end of a life so well lived. The sadness […]