Tag: “David Cameron

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 […]

Even if Tories milk it, am longing for Olympics to be success

Posted on 15 September 2010 | 12:09pm

This will not be the last time I write about the Olympics. Excitement is growing. Today the Games Maker volunteer scheme is launched. Though the Games may benefit the Tories politically, I still hope and believe they will be the best ever. Blog also contains musings on last night’s football, including my hand of God moment

Piers’ and Cameron’s potshots at TB beneath two such ‘giants’

Posted on 12 September 2010 | 12:09pm

You’ve really got to love Piers Morgan … Oh ok, you don’t, and I realised even as I was typing the words that ‘you’ve really got to love Piers Morgan’ can take its place among the more idiotic orders that have appeared here. But back when I was training on the Mirror we were taught […]

Saatchi and Saatchi and my part in their piss-up

Posted on 10 September 2010 | 8:09am

I enjoyed seeing Maggie and her ministers at the Saatchis’ bash last night, but Labour strategist Philip Gould seemed the most on the ball about where politics may be heading.