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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. […]

How twitter is changing balance of power in film indsutry

Posted on 18 February 2010 | 12:02pm

Movie industry marketing men, provided they had an A list cast and a big advertising budget, were once guaranteed a minimum of three days’ major takings at the box office. The sheer weight of such a campaign would guarantee busy cinemas on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of release. Through the week, word of […]

Thanks for the thanks. Is online shopping not always like this?

Posted on 17 February 2010 | 10:02am

It is as a statement of fact, rather than with any pride, that I confess to a certain phobia about online shopping. True, I am not that big a shopper anyway, and tend to come out in something of a rash on my annual supermarket visit, on the second day of our summer holiday. But […]

There’ll be another New Big Idea along in a moment

Posted on 16 February 2010 | 9:02am

So the Tories’ New Big Idea (NBI) is the Co-op. They say. Interesting though that the Newsnight report on the NBI  used as part of its explanation a film report  showing where Labour already does it, and some old shots of Dave making a speech saying much the same thing as he was setting out […]

People may listen more to the political GB having heard the personal GB

Posted on 15 February 2010 | 1:02pm

As expected, fairly mixed reviews for the GB interview with Piers Morgan. Some can’t get beyond their loathing of Piers. Others can’t get beyond their negativity about GB. But it is always important to differentiate between media opinion and public opinion. Based on nothing more than instinct, a few conversations and a trawl online, I would say […]

Happy Valentine’s Day. My present to you is Jacques Brel

Posted on 14 February 2010 | 12:02pm

First of all, thank you to everyone who has sent me Valentine’s Day messages and cards on Facebook. As I tweeted earlier this morning, it must be all the nice press I get that makes me so popular and loved. So what can I give in return? Answer … the lyrics, first in French and then my amateur […]

A celeb fest in my weekend of culture

Posted on 13 February 2010 | 10:02am

With Burnley out of the Cup, a spare Saturday has emerged which has allowed my book publicist to crowbar in a bit more culture, and book-plugging. As I am more Radio 5 than Radio 4, especially on Saturdays, I have never listened to Loose Ends, so any tips welcome. We record soon. I am less […]

Alan Johnson right to stand up for security services

Posted on 12 February 2010 | 2:02pm

I’m pleased to see Home Secretary Alan Johnson hitting back at the media coverage of the Security Service, and supporting a similarly spirited defence of MI5 by its head Jonathan Evans. The coverage is a very good example of how the modern media works. A judge makes a judgement which the British government has sought […]