Tag: “David Cameron

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 … […]

Coalition hypocrisy – love London 2012, destroy school sport

Posted on 16 November 2010 | 11:11am

Subject to the views of the voters of London, the chances are the Olympics in 2012 will be presided over by David Cameron (Tory), Boris Johnson (Tory), Colin Moyniham (Tory), and Seb Coe (Tory). Seb has sufficient top human being and greatest British runner of all time qualities to be seen as separate, close to […]

Happiness not a bad starting point for analysis of policy. The problem is the policy

Posted on 15 November 2010 | 9:11am

I am not opposed to the idea, splashed across the Guardian, of including a measurement of happiness and well-being in any assessment of how well or otherwise the country and its families are doing. Given the subjectivity inevitably involved in such an assessment, it will not be straight-forward to agree on how the analysis is […]

Frontline First?

Posted on 12 November 2010 | 9:11am

Throughout the last election campaign, the Tories said till they were even bluer in the face than usual that they would protect the NHS from any looming cuts, and that within the public services more generally they would protect the ‘frontline.’ Where this frontline was drawn was never terribly clear, but the general impression given […]

A lazy Monday blog for a ‘can’t be arsed’ Monday

Posted on 1 November 2010 | 11:11am

The great thing about writing a blog, as opposed to a newspaper column, or an editorial, is that when you can’t be arsed, you don’t have to. One of the many bad things about our papers is that there are too many columnists with not enough to say, and it is so obvious when they can’t […]

Deep disillusion in deepest Cleggland; will he defect?

Posted on 29 October 2010 | 9:10am

To deepest Cleggland last night, and if Mark Mardell thinks Barack Obama has disillusion problems, he should get himself to Sheffield for some of the real thing. I was speaking at the University Students’ Union, as part of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf Literary Festival. To be fair, one or two in the audience stuck to […]

If Boris Johnson’s Kosovo analogy was planned, then Cameron has a problem

Posted on 28 October 2010 | 12:10pm

You can never quite tell with Boris Johnson whether what comes out of his mouth is planned or wholly accidental. That he has some concerns about the coalition government’s planned changes to housing benefit is already known. But to put the changes, and their potential impact, into the same breath as ‘Kosovo-style social cleansing’ goes […]