Tag: “David Cameron

Daily Mail tells truth shock horror

Posted on 5 February 2010 | 8:02am

I am indebted to Labour’s candidate in East Dunbartonshire, Mary Galbraith, for alerting me to an article which is about to make a miniscule piece of media history by becoming the first ever Daily Mail article that I quote favourably. Yes, I know, I know, it is the most hateful and vile scumrag ever to […]

Public ahead of press on the mess that is Cameron

Posted on 3 February 2010 | 1:02pm

Jonathan Freedland, writing in The Guardian, states ‘David Cameron is a mess. When will the media say so?’ It is a question I have been asking for some time, and it is nice to be joined by someone from The Guardian, some of whose reporters and commentators have been as much a part of the ‘give Dave an easy […]

Cameron and tweeting ought to be natural fit

Posted on 25 January 2010 | 11:01am

So if he did tweet, how might David Cameron have summed up his press conference this morning? ‘nice easy questioning, avoided getting pinned down on tax rises/public spending, backtracked quite well on Edlington.’ That was my immediate offering. A quick ‘Cameron’ search on twitter suggests many alternatives. He explained that one of the reasons he is resistant […]

In defence of airbrushed posters

Posted on 9 January 2010 | 4:01pm

What on earth is the fuss about? So David Cameron’s picture has been airbrushed so that the forehead looks baby-bottom smooth as drivers look away from the snowy roads to see DC looking down from poster sites around Britain. As I have explained in a little video just uploaded on Youtube, there is a tradition […]

Fire is always best turned on the Tories

Posted on 7 January 2010 | 3:01pm

When the Tories were slowly imploding in the run up to our first landslide victory in 1997, former minister Alan Clark called me to bemoan his party’s fate. As my diaries show, this fellow diarist phoned me rather a lot, more than his party whips and apparatchiks appreciated. He loved ‘the game,’ as he called […]

Cameron’s wobble the product of his team saying what their audiences want to hear

Posted on 5 January 2010 | 10:01am

The Tories put a lot of planning into the launch of their New Year campaigning. Big setpiece speeches by the leader, press ads, posters with what look like an airbrushed David Cameron. The slogan ‘things can’t go on like this’  reminded me of their not so successful ‘are you thinking what we’re thinking?’ from the […]

Prepare for avalanche of Ashcroft posters for Tories

Posted on 30 December 2009 | 3:12pm

I will forgive Jack Straw his little jibe at the expense of Burnley FC in his piece on the Tories in today’s Independent. The Blackburn MP says he will donate two tickets to see Burnley reserves to anyone who can name a Tory councillor who has complained locally about the effect of the extra investment […]

The Speaker’s wife is a credit to him, and spot on about Cameron’s Toryism

Posted on 4 December 2009 | 10:12am

I bumped into Commons Speaker John Bercow at a charity do the other night, and we had a little chat about the need for politics to do a better job of defending itself against media negativity, and about what it’s like living with strong-minded women who don’t always agree with everything we say and do. […]

PMQs win for GB was a direct result of Cameron’s strategic failure

Posted on 3 December 2009 | 8:12am

So GB trounced Cameron at PMQs yesterday. That was the word used by my taxi driver, who had been listening on Five Live, and by plenty of others who texted, called and variously communicated the view that GB had been on form and DC on the floor. I subsequently watched it myself – don’t you […]

Cameron’s conkers add to his problem with serious opinion

Posted on 2 December 2009 | 10:12am

I was up in Bolton for a mental health conference yesterday, then out at a dinner, and so missed all the news all day and by the time I got in, I just wanted to get to bed. But I was aware that yesterday a very important political leader had made a very important speech on […]