Tag: “David Cameron

I am now confused re Big Society and DC’s foreign policy. Someone please explain

Posted on 23 February 2011 | 4:02pm

I remain confused by the Big Society concept, as I think are we all, including its author. My hunch is that when DC was trying to ‘rebrand’ the Tory Party, he wanted something that set himself apart from Mrs Thatcher (‘there is no such thing as society’) and the Big Society sounded as good as […]

Operation Get-a-Grip – hilarious to see Cameron going back to Blairite centralisation

Posted on 20 February 2011 | 6:02pm

David Cameron was always quite fond of criticising the centralising Number 10 system which operated under Tony Blair. So it is highly amusing to watch him steadily shift towards the kind of centralising Number 10 system which operated under Tony Blair. He appears to be realising that whilst it is all well and good in […]

A few weeks trying to teach challenging kids makes me respect teachers even more

Posted on 19 February 2011 | 10:02am

March 2 sees the start of Jamie Oliver’s latest TV project, Dream School, in which he, I and other non-teachers try to teach 20 young people who have gone through the school system without success. The Times Weekend section today has a big piece on the Channel 4 programme, including interviews with actor Simon Callow, […]

Hezza signals discontent at lack of Cameron grip, but Osborne won’t U-turn yet

Posted on 18 February 2011 | 8:02am

I got back from Leicester in time to catch a bit of Question Time and was interested to see that the audience seemed mildly supportive of the government’s U-turn on the sell-off of forests. It was a very different reaction to the one I got at De Montfort University, where students seemed to go along […]

Time running out for Tories’ ‘all Labour’s fault’ mantra

Posted on 17 February 2011 | 7:02am

The Tories have had a very good run with their ‘it’s all Labour’s fault’, but it is slowly coming to an end. With the public, or at least the centre of gravity of public opinion, I think it came to an end some time ago. The media are following on behind. It was a great […]

Big Society relaunch – mais on ne peut pas polir un turd

Posted on 13 February 2011 | 9:02am

Oh dear … poor old Dave has decided not only that he needs a ‘relaunch’ for his ‘Big Idea’, the ‘Big Society.’ … but he is seemingly of the view that the problem is not the policy, it is that ‘we are not communicating it very well.’ Oh dear oh dear. ‘Relaunch’ – he can […]

Gove and Cameron need to start getting into a bit of detail

Posted on 12 February 2011 | 9:02am

Well done to those councils which felt Michael Gove was exceeding his powers when bringing the Building Schools for the Future programme crashing to the ground. Yesterday’s High Court ruling was a victory for them, and even though Mr Gove retains the ultimate power over which schools get rebuilt, hopefully the powerful slap on the […]

‘Bunch of twats’ – a fitting slogan for Tories on NHS reform

Posted on 30 January 2011 | 11:01am

Ed Miliband will know well enough not to put too much faith in this morning’s poll showing Labour 11 points ahead of the Tories. Better to be ahead than behind, but at this stage of the Parliament it is as much about bad things the Tories are doing – where do I start? – as […]

Phone-hacking becoming a tipping point moment in politics/media relations

Posted on 29 January 2011 | 9:01am

I was rushing around a lot yesterday making a short film on phone-hacking for The One Show on Monday, having earlier done an interview for a much longer Despatches documentary being made on the same subject. TV can be a very frustrating medium, which is one of the reasons I don’t do that much of […]

The warnings Cameron and Osborne ignored – Paul Krugman 21/10/10

Posted on 27 January 2011 | 9:01am

An article by award winning economist Paul Krugman in the New York Times. British Fashion Victims By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: October 21, 2010 In the spring of 2010, fiscal austerity became fashionable. I use the term advisedly: the sudden consensus among Very Serious People that everyone must balance budgets now now now wasn’t based on […]