Tag: “David Cameron

Cameron will find Ken Clarke a tougher cookie than Clegg if he tries instant U-turn on sentencing and prisons

Posted on 9 December 2010 | 9:12am

I used to skimread Hansard every day when I was a journalist, and felt better informed as a result. As Tory MP Bill Cash once said, if you want to keep something a secret these days, stand up and say it in the House of Commons. Not quite true of course, but quite witty, and […]

Fees protest taking heat off Tories; and good luck to Ken Clarke re mental health in prisons

Posted on 7 December 2010 | 9:12am

When was the last time you saw David Cameron, George Osborne, Michael Gove or David Willetts being put under real pressure to make the case for the trebling of tuition fees? I ask because it is their policy every bit as much as it is that of the Lib Dems in the coalition. Indeed, more […]

Varying views on Cameron’s five years as Tory leader

Posted on 6 December 2010 | 9:12am

Is it really five years since David Cameron became leader? So it would seem. The Independent asked me for a brief judgement on those five years, which is included below among a group of people asked the same question. Other views welcome Camilla Batmanghelidj He is in the waiting room. There are 1.5 million children […]

If Fifa were a country, it would not look like Britain

Posted on 4 December 2010 | 8:12am

Here is the piece I have done for today’s Daily Telegraph on the fallout from the Fifa decision to hand the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. The Telegraph headline is ‘If Fifa were a country, it would be Russia,’ which is not quite what I say, as you will see. My […]

Great to see sports stars telling Cameron the truth on school sport axe

Posted on 30 November 2010 | 10:11am

Flying into Heathrow at the weekend, I was struck once more by the beauty and the power to inspire of the nascent Olympic stadium. If it can do that now, a year and a half ahead of the event, imagine what it will feel like to be an athlete flying in from overseas in the […]

Clegg the real loser in the proximity of Royal wedding to big vote

Posted on 25 November 2010 | 9:11am

At Glasgow airport yesterday, I got chatting to a woman working in one of the bookshops who wondered how I thought the proximity of the Royal Wedding so close to elections would play out. Not entirely sure is the answer. It is certainly not usual for such a high profile Royal event to take place […]

Guest blog from Fiona on local school governance

Posted on 22 November 2010 | 9:11am

Every now and then, I get a comment from someone saying they prefer blogposts to be short rather than long. I suppose it gives them the chance to hoover around the place and digest a few more. But whilst brevity can sometimes be the best, every now and then you need a bit of length […]

Notes on George Bush’s book

Posted on 20 November 2010 | 8:11am

As some of you may have seen, I reviewed George Bush’s book, Decision Points, for The Guardian. Both for those of you tempted to read the book, and those who are not, I thought it might be helpful to put up here the notes I tapped on my blackberry as I was going through it. […]

Insight into Cameron’s style of leadership

Posted on 18 November 2010 | 9:11am

There are two somewhat conflicting things you hear from inside government about David Cameron’s style of leadership. The first is that he has taken to the job of PM as to the manor born. Say what you like about Eton, you hear, but it gives people that inner and outer confidence that he puts to […]

No wonder Cameron’s smiling. Broken pledges can be buried beneath Royal news

Posted on 17 November 2010 | 9:11am

With Royal weddings top of the news agenda, it won’t be too long (in historical terms) before Royal babies come along … which brings me neatly to the subject of midwives, which brings me swiftly to the subject of cuts. Oh it will take more than a Royal wedding to knock me off message … […]