Tag: “David Cameron

No Prime Minister … media blitz was wrong thing to do

Posted on 24 April 2012 | 7:04am

No, no, no Prime Minister … that media blitz yesterday was not the thing to do. I mean they were perfectly nice pictures, jacket off in the Today programme studio, striding red box in hand around Number 10, hitting said red box on train, factory visit, sit down with Nick Robinson in nice industrial setting, […]

If Sarkozy loses, Cameron should reflect that omnipresent hyperactivity may have been a factor

Posted on 19 April 2012 | 10:04am

If, as is being widely suggested, Francois Hollande wins the French elections, and Nicolas Sarkozy becomes a rare, single-term President, there are one or two lessons David Cameron might try to draw on … once he has repaired the damage done to Anglo-French relations by effectively endorsing Sarko. The main lesson relates to hyperactivity. When […]

Backlash on charitable giving latest sign Budget was not thought through

Posted on 11 April 2012 | 8:04am

It was on April 1 (apologies for inability to cut and paste links on the iPad but nobody has taught me yet!) that I suggested we should ‘watch out for a backlash on charitable and philanthropic giving.’ At the time, the debate was focusing on pasties and the so-called granny tax, but it was a […]

NASA climate change scientist exposes world leaders’ abdication of resposibility

Posted on 6 April 2012 | 1:04pm

I like the sound of this NASA scientist Prof Jim Hansen, who intends to use his acceptance speech for a major award on Tuesday to issue a fresh warning about man-made climate change. It has been mind-boggling to witness the way that climate change denial has become a right-wing political virility symbol, like low taxes, […]

Media finally catching up with public’s sense that Cameron unsure what he stands for

Posted on 4 April 2012 | 7:04am

Even accepting that the media’s shift to a more negative take on the government is in part dictated by David Cameron’s decision to set up the Leveson Inquiry, he would be wise not to dismiss the change as an act of revenge pure and simple. Because in many ways I believe the media, which has […]

Cameron’s woes a mix of out of touchness and media revenge re Leveson

Posted on 1 April 2012 | 11:04am

I resisted the many requests from Sunday newspapers to offer crisis comms advice to Number 10 as a combination of granny tax, tax cuts for the rich, pasties, petrol panic and a Tory funding scandal combine to give the government a fairly choppy period. Partly this was because I remember once spotting Bernard Ingham, Maggie’s […]

News agenda still tending to suit the Tories

Posted on 27 March 2012 | 12:03pm

Just caught the BBC TV news headlines. Lead story new planning rules being brought in by the government. Second story a rise in the cost of stamps. So neither of them particularly good stories for the government; the first will lead to lots of angst among countryside campaigners, not to mention NIMBYism; the second will […]

On twitter etiquette – and why Tories would be wise to reveal all quickly re funding and access, right and wrong

Posted on 26 March 2012 | 12:03pm

I enjoyed meeting the comedian Dave Gorman on Andrew Neil’s This Week programme, when he led a discussion on the etiquette of twitter. One of the points he made was that when something happens which is deemed to be big news among the twitterati, people with a lot of followers after a while get asked […]

Time for Britain to face up to drink problem

Posted on 23 March 2012 | 1:03pm

Whether or not David Cameron rushed forward today’s move on alcohol pricing to distract from the granny tax row, I am pleased he has shown that the issue of Britain’s drink problem is firmly on the agenda. When I was making a recent Panorama on ‘Britain’s Hidden Alcoholics’ I was aware that the Prime Minister […]

The politics of the Budget are clear – and the holes are becoming clearer too

Posted on 21 March 2012 | 2:03pm

If the frontbench had accepted Ed Miliband’s invitation to raise their hands if they were going to be better off as a result of the Budget, we’d have seen an awful lot of fingers in the air. I understand why instead they squirmed and, in George Osborne’s case, sank a little deeper into the green […]