Tag: “David Cameron

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.

Too many phonehack questions unanswered – and not just for Number 10

Posted on 5 September 2010 | 8:09am

The Coulson/phonehack saga is a story not just about him and Number 10, but about the role of the media more generally, and the role of the police.

Cameron’s views on Labour leadership might be worth heeding

Posted on 29 August 2010 | 4:08pm

Cameron reportedly wants Ed Miliband as Labour leader. Black propaganda, or a genuine view born of thinking the situation through? I think the latter

Big Society looking thin after Cameron’s Liverpool trip

Posted on 20 July 2010 | 2:07am

As David Cameron works away in the US – gee what a Big Society that is – let us consider what we learned from yesterday’s (re)launch of his Big Society back home. We learned that his favourite Grange Hill character was Gripper Stebson, a bully and a racist. Even for a member of the Bullingdon club […]

Osborne’s cuts move from needed to macho and ideological

Posted on 17 July 2010 | 2:07am

The tone surrounding the public spending debate has shifted up, or rather down, a few gears as ministers move from general direction to specific changes. Though there remains a honeymoon feel to a lot of the coverage of the coalition, the dominant developing theme of the political narrative is the cuts now expected, and coming […]

Hapless is one of those words it is hard to shake off, Michael

Posted on 9 July 2010 | 2:07am

Michael Gove cut a rather sad figure with Apology Number 1, in the House of Commons, and an even sadder one with Apology Number 2, at a local government conference where he looked lonely on stage, and the normal liveliness had vanished from his effervescent Scottish tones. The conference was just unlucky timing, coming directly after […]

Gove’s schoool cuts are madness, and Clegg’s Camerosexual support horrible

Posted on 6 July 2010 | 12:07am

I was surprised during the election that the parties did not get pushed harder to define what they meant by ‘frontline services.’ As the election fall-out continues, it would seem from Michael Gove yesterday that in relation to education, it means paying teachers and classroom assistants. If, however, they are operating in makeshift portakabins and […]

Government moving to sensible (Labour) policy on immigration. Ok on pension age too

Posted on 25 June 2010 | 4:06pm

This coalition malarkey is proving to be even more consensual than we thought. It now appears that whatever immigration policy people voted for, what they are probably going to get is neither the one the Tories campaigned on, nor the Lib Dems’, but Labour’s. Business appears to have won the argument that the Tories’ idea […]

In Berlin: on football fever and Cleggmania RIP

Posted on 24 June 2010 | 3:06pm

Breakfast in London, lunch in Berlin, so a chance to read the Fussball-mood now that England and Germany are drawn together in the last 16 of the World Cup. On yesterday’s outings, you would have to give it to Germany if football was the only judgement. Their win over  Ghana was one of the fastest, […]

Osborne on message, Harriet on form, Clegg on nodding dog duty

Posted on 22 June 2010 | 3:06pm

You may remember during the election that I was somewhat dubious about Labour targeting George Osborne as the Tories’ ‘weakest link’. What you saw today was a right-wing Tory Chancellor setting out, with considerable confidence, a major package of measures that fit with his right-wing Tory view of the world. Nick Clegg may be deputy […]