Tag: “David Cameron

On the extracts from my diaries (97-99) in tomorrow’s Guardian

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 3:01pm

The Guardian asked me to plug their paper for the morning .. so dear readers, go out and get The Guardian tomorrow. Done. Despite it being a Lib Dem paper, I chose The Guardian to run extracts from volume 2 of my diaires, Power and the People, which is out on Thursday, and orderable on […]

By-election coverage still showing gap between media and public mood on governing parties

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 9:01am

Ladies and gentlemen, at the risk of appearing arrogant and boastful about my own considerable skills and experience in political strategy, may I take you back to my blog of January 2, headlined Both governing parties deserve to be punished for Tory by-election pull-out. ‘I know that we are into a new and different sort […]

Bankers get away with it – and Clegg says the coalition is working too well

Posted on 12 January 2011 | 8:01am

Nick Clegg talked the other day of how the bankers are living in a ‘parallel universe’ if they think they can get away with massive bonuses. Now, as the bankers prepare to get away with massive bonuses, it is Mr Clegg who appears to be living in a parallel universe when he says ‘Don’t forget […]

Clegg’s weakness means banks can stick up two fingers yet again

Posted on 8 January 2011 | 10:01am

I fear even more literals than yesterday as today it is my desktop that is giving me Internet accesss grief so I am using the iPad again, complete with tippytappy touch typing on slidey screen, and inability to read over when done. First, a plug for a superb piece on journalism by John Lloyd in […]

Media still pandering to the Cameron-Coulson line

Posted on 6 January 2011 | 10:01am

Longer than usual blog today, most of it not written by me. You’ll have to wait a bit for the point, but with thanks to the Labour Party’s media monitoring department, I want to begin with an account of what appeared on the main news programmes this morning. Today Programme 1. The US enquiry into […]

Both governing parties deserve to be punished for Tory by-election pull-out

Posted on 2 January 2011 | 8:01am

I know that we are into a new and different sort of politics, what with two parties forming the government and all that, but the bigger of those two parties really is taking the mick in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election. Both parties deserve to be punished as a result. It takes a fair […]

iPad debut blogpost on iPad, Vince and Gove

Posted on 27 December 2010 | 1:12pm

Yes, I got an iPad for Christmas. Yes, I had a couple of blogfree days while enjoying Christmas and getting used to typing on ice, which is a bit how it feels till you get the hang of it. We have been up in the Scottish Highlands, and despite the snow and the cold, yes […]

Cable’s boast another little boost for lucky Cameron

Posted on 21 December 2010 | 11:12am

I cannot bring myself to listen to the audioversion of the Telegraph’s stitch-up of Vince Cable, any more than I will bother to watch his ‘celebrity’ appearance on Strictly Come Dancing. The first is too cruel, the second too silly, especially in light of the changed ‘aura’ surrounding Vince as a result of the first. […]

In staying above the fray, Cameron is more regal than Prime Ministerial

Posted on 20 December 2010 | 12:12pm

I can’t help thinking that if Tony Blair or Gordon Brown were Prime Minister, there would by now have been a media and/or political outcry about their seeming lack of interest or involvement in the weather situation. You have to have a lot of qualities to get to be PM, and even more to stay […]

Beware the detail in coalition ‘U-turn’ on school sport

Posted on 18 December 2010 | 12:12pm

The papers are being briefed that the government is to perform a U-turn on the planned scrapping of School Sports Partnerships. This is to be announced as early as Monday. It is also to be placed in the category marked ‘keep an eye on the detail’, and ‘don’t fall for the spin’. ‘Key elements’ of […]