Tag: “David Cameron

Coalition nodding dogs oblivious to unintended consequences

Posted on 13 October 2010 | 6:10am

As Nick Clegg and Vince Cable were standing on their heads once more yesterday, and quietly forgetting their ‘I pledge’ posters on student finance, I was back in my classroom with a group of teenagers who have completed their formal schooling without being overly bothered about the impact of higher tuition fees. The tragedy is […]

Cameron and Miliband could learn a lot from Monsieur Wenger

Posted on 8 October 2010 | 11:10am

I was interviewed by a student paper the other day, and asked what I had wanted to be when I was 7, 14 and 21. The answer was footballer, footballer and footballer even if, probably by age 7, and certainly by age 14, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. But even if you don’t fulfil your original […]

People strangely unmoved by Cameron, but Labour need to get going now

Posted on 7 October 2010 | 8:10am

To the lovely setting of Knowsley Park near Liverpool last night, and a speech to pensions experts. No, wait, wait, the specific brief was ‘anything but pensions’ so don’t go away. Of course pensions is a fascinating subject but tough for an after dinner speech, especially when your main experience of the issue is having […]

Tory conference spin operation could do with some AC grip

Posted on 6 October 2010 | 7:10am

I’m a bit cross with DC. I didn’t see his interview on Channel 4 yesterday, but it popped up on my Google alert (an excellent device that lets you know who’s saying what about you) when he defended Andy Coulson by saying he attracted nothing like the controversy of me or GB’s man, Damian McBride. Now […]

I wonder if my challenging student knows better than Osborne re benefit cuts

Posted on 5 October 2010 | 7:10am

As George Osborne was speaking to the Tory conference, I was heading for my second lesson with 20 youngsters who have gone through the education system without much success. Their homework had been to come up with ideas for campaigns, things they wanted to change or fight for in the world around them. Some of […]

A night of joy and genius with Kevin Spacey, and a warning to the Tories

Posted on 4 October 2010 | 6:10am

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Special Audience fundraiser with Kevin Spacey last night. Thanks to Melvyn Bragg for being such a superb interviewer. Above all thanks to Kevin for ninety minutes of joy and genius. My daughter went with some of her drama classmates. Rarely have I seen a group of teenagers […]

A fascinating day with ‘challenging’ kids

Posted on 2 October 2010 | 7:10am

Had a fascinating time yesterday, my first day as part of an education experiment. I was teaching a group of ‘challenging’ teenagers who have gone through the school system without overly troubling the GCSE scorers, and who have been brought together to see whether ‘inspiring, passionate, achieving’ people (why thank you experiment organisers) can turn […]

Cameron might welcome conference coverage without BBC ego-trips

Posted on 1 October 2010 | 9:10am

Oh how intensely the Beeb’s chatterati and Kremlinologists will be studying today’s coverage of their letter calling on colleagues not to strike next week. I’m not saying you have to have an enormous ego to be one of the Beeb ‘big hitters’ but it helps. So who do The Guardian deem to be the most […]

Tories won’t have liked it as much as they were hoping to

Posted on 28 September 2010 | 3:09pm

It is quite something to go from one full on campaign (the general election in May) into another (the Labour leadership election) and then within three days of your unexpected win make a hugely anticipated speech to Party and country. Ed Miliband did it very well. I have seen close-up in four of his predecessors […]

Still no clearer re Dave’s Big Society

Posted on 20 September 2010 | 2:09pm

I thought it was a bit off of David Cameron to try to purloin the Pope’s UK visit (once it was clearly going to be deemed a success) in support of his ‘Big Society’ plan. But triumphant though the Papal visit was, and impressive though his speeches were, I am still no clearer as to what Cameron’s […]