Tag: “David Cameron

On Andy Coulson, Cameron’s judgement and an even higher profile for the BSkyB decision

Posted on 21 January 2011 | 5:01pm

First of all, a memo to all media outlets (I know that sounds a bit grand and lahdidah but they have been phoning, texting and emailing all day, first to ask if I will talk about TB at the Iraq Inquiry and then, in greater numbers, if I would talk about Andy Coulson’s departure as […]

Inflation rise not all Tories’ fault – but VAT rise is

Posted on 19 January 2011 | 10:01am

If a Labour government were still in power, and a shock inflation rise was announced, doubtless the current ‘all Labour’s fault’ mantra from the Tories would be heard. Labour people being more reasonable, we accept that some of the factors lying behind yesterday’s rise to 3.7 per cent are beyond government total control; soaring oil […]

Five great books on leadership, and a line on the NHS reforms

Posted on 18 January 2011 | 12:01pm

Thanks to those who agreed with some (in one case all) of my choices of five books on Mariella Frostrups’ Open Book programme, which is repeated on Radio 4 at 4pm on Thursday. They were This Sporting Life by David Storey, Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Alone in Berlin […]

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 […]