Tag: “Barack Obama

Cameron’s conkers add to his problem with serious opinion

Posted on 2 December 2009 | 10:12am

I was up in Bolton for a mental health conference yesterday, then out at a dinner, and so missed all the news all day and by the time I got in, I just wanted to get to bed. But I was aware that yesterday a very important political leader had made a very important speech on […]

Sarko at risk of riling Obama and GB. Cameron on conkers

Posted on 1 December 2009 | 10:12am

A couple of weeks ago, a French magazine asked me to write a piece about the relationship between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy. We might like to think that politics and diplomacy is all about issues, policies, ideals, and there is a fair bit of that. But there is no point pretending personalities do not come […]

US clarity of strategy required for full explanation on Afghanistan

Posted on 6 November 2009 | 10:11am

Gordon Brown is right today to be setting out – and he should keep setting out – the basic case for Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan. As Paddy Ashdown said yesterday, this war will not be won or lost militarily, but in the bars, sitting rooms and workplaces of those countries – democracies – who are contributing […]

Talking Cameron and Obama with US Democrats. Progressive Convervatism? No, he can’t

Posted on 16 October 2009 | 10:10am

To a meeting of US Democrats Abroad last night, to be interviewed by Catherine Mayer of Time magazine, then by the audience. Always interesting to get the take of politically minded foreigners on our domestic scene, and there was more evidence, admittedly from generally Labour-minded people, that the Tories are weaker than is generally assumed. More […]

Musings from Bertie Ahern, and how I won the Nobel prize for literature

Posted on 12 October 2009 | 9:10am

By popular demand (well, a few Facebook friends and a few Irish journalists) here are some of Bertie Ahern’s reflections from my 80 minute chat with him at the Cheltenham Book Festival. As I tweeted yesterday, he thought Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize was premature; that these prizes should be for achievement not expectation, and […]

On The Sun, Obama in Copenhagen and Alistair McGowan on the loo

Posted on 1 October 2009 | 10:10am

Just did the start of Nicky Campbell’s phone-in on Five Live, and it was interesting that Nicky had to scour around for a few pro-Sun messages amid all the negative texts and calls coming in. I said doing interviews yesterday that there was something very old-fashioned about the way The Sun handled its latest switch. […]

Breaking News – GB wins award, Lib Dems face all ways

Posted on 23 September 2009 | 9:09am

If you get out a microscope, and scour the British papers today, paying very close attention to a small number of very small articles, you might be able to discover that Gordon Brown won an award as World Statesman of the Year in advance of the United Nations General Assembly. Take the miscroscope down to the […]

Why authenticity is the key to comms, and why Merkel will win

Posted on 22 September 2009 | 8:09am

  Here is an article I wrote which appeared in Le Figaro yesterday, on the importance of authenticity in communications. Barring a major surprise, Angela Merkel will be re-elected Chancellor of Germany next Sunday. If it were a straight Presidential vote, she would win by a landslide, as she polls way ahead of her Christian Democrat Union party.   […]

On Scottish independence, Cameron’s short-termism, and Jimmy Carter being right

Posted on 17 September 2009 | 9:09am

  I was in Edinburgh yesterday, speaking at a communications conference, followed by a lunch and q and a, during which I was asked if people in England were aware of how the independence debate was unfolding, and whether they cared. As I replied, it struck me that one of the downsides of devolution – […]

School speech the latest source of right-wing frothing at Obama

Posted on 5 September 2009 | 8:09am

If you want a taste of what Barack Obama is up against in the ferocity and the bovinity, if such a word exists, of right-wing Americans, scour around the place for some of the reaction to the President’s plans to make a speech in a school in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday. Parents are threatening to […]