Tag: “David Cameron

Cameron has learned wrong lessons from TB: they should read the books more carefully

Posted on 21 June 2012 | 10:06am

A version of this appears on The Huffington Post site today To the splendidly New Labour King’s Place on Monday, and an onstage interview with Steve Richards of the Independent as part of his ‘Politics Rock and Roll’ series. Steve, one of the less cynical UK commentators, is doing his bit to try to re-engage […]

If Labour’s team had stayed united, I think we might have staved off a Bullingdon government

Posted on 18 June 2012 | 12:06pm

I can hardly complain at The Guardian’s ‘brilliant but bonkers’ headline on the second part of the extracts they are running from my new book, Burden of Power. Tony Blair said the words, and he said them about Gordon Brown, so even though it is not news that there were sometimes difficulties between them, and […]

Clegg should make clear he can’t support the Gove-Osborne view on Leveson

Posted on 13 June 2012 | 8:06am

Yesterday Nick Clegg tells his MPs not to support Jeremy Hunt in a Commons vote. Today the Deputy Prime Minister appears at the Leveson Inquiry. I suspect there may be a link, and I hope his distancing from David Cameron does not end there. Mr Clegg will have been thinking about how to deal with […]

POSH – just a play? Or a real problem for Cameron, Osborne and Johnson?

Posted on 10 June 2012 | 10:06am

First things first, and a quick line the producers of POSH can use in any publicity should they wish to … ‘topical, relevant, well-written, well-cast, well-acted and very thought-provoking.’ As to what I really think about it, even a good night’s sleep has not settled the answer. Perhaps that is the sign of a good […]

It’ll take more than the Queen’s popularity and the Olympics to help Tories shift the mood around them now

Posted on 31 May 2012 | 8:05am

A while back I remember reading an article in which, on the back of the Royal Wedding, a senior Tory was predicting that with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics to come, Britain was set for a wave of patriotism which would benefit his party. Well the wave of patriotism is certainly upon us, but […]

To get all-party support, Cameron should indicate likely acceptance of Leveson plans when he appears

Posted on 29 May 2012 | 8:05am

Love him or hate him (I lean more to the former camp, you may be surprised to know) Tony Blair reminded a lot of people yesterday why he became the most successful political leader of recent times, and the most successful in Labour’s history. It is not just that he is a good communicator, in […]

One big bad bold move … and Osborne’s star falls so far so fast

Posted on 27 May 2012 | 11:05am

A few months ago, George Osborne, in the eyes of many of his MPs and much of the media, could do no wrong. He was not just the Chancellor presiding over a bold plan to cure all known economic ills in a single term. He was also the party strategist whose economic and political mastery […]

This can be a one-term Tory government. Labour need to start raising the cash to fight them

Posted on 22 May 2012 | 12:05pm

I am becoming more and more convinced that this could be a one-term government, and that David Cameron will go down in history as a one-term Prime Minister who never won an election. It is not just about the economy, stupid. It is the fact that the government appears to be so clueless about what […]

Labour focus on creative industries welcome. Should be part of Plan B

Posted on 21 May 2012 | 6:05am

As David Cameron and George Osborne flounder, play the blame game, lecture others, and stick to a Plan A that isn’t working, the economic argument is shifting Labour’s way. Of course there are still people prepared to buy the Tory line that the global crisis and its impact were caused by Labour, but they are […]

Cameron facing in confusing (not to mention hypocritical) directions. Needs Plan B

Posted on 20 May 2012 | 10:05am

I am confused. David Cameron is arguing for austerity at home. But blaming Angela Merkel for damaging the eurozone through her commitment to … er … austerity. I am also confused … because the Tories who fear a United States of Europe will end civilisation as we know it now appear to be urging a […]