Tag: “David Cameron

You have to admire Tory nerve in claiming cuts all about fairness

Posted on 18 October 2010 | 9:10am

The coalition may have a tricky week ahead of them, but they continue to have media opinion (not to be confused with public opinion) blowing a favourable wind up their bums and into their sails. Or, to put it more favourably for their strategists, they have done a good job in winning the battle of […]

Hoping to race to Number 1 in the Chinese bestsellers’ list

Posted on 17 October 2010 | 8:10am

What with fundraisers, festivals, speeches, interviews, inquiries, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, not to mention life on websites, twitter, Facebook and the like, I spend a lot of my time answering questions. Which means it is quite rare to be asked a question I have never been asked before. So many thanks to a man called […]

To boldly go – to success or oblivion

Posted on 15 October 2010 | 8:10am

Time to take a step back and have a look at the government’s overall strategy. Boldness is an important factor in strategy and in leadership. David Cameron and Nick Clegg both showed themselves capable of it in forming the coalition. Yes, it is possible to say that is the only way they could get their […]

PMQs matter and Ed’s good start matters too

Posted on 14 October 2010 | 12:10pm

(A technical wizard has somehow found the blog that flew into the ether as I was heading to make a speech and present manufacturing industry awards in Ironbridge … here it is) TB’s book got a fresh wave of publicity yesterday with several of the telly people reading out his colourful description of the nightmare of […]

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 […]