Tag: “David Cameron

Talking Cameron and Obama with US Democrats. Progressive Convervatism? No, he can’t

Posted on 16 October 2009 | 10:10am

To a meeting of US Democrats Abroad last night, to be interviewed by Catherine Mayer of Time magazine, then by the audience. Always interesting to get the take of politically minded foreigners on our domestic scene, and there was more evidence, admittedly from generally Labour-minded people, that the Tories are weaker than is generally assumed. More […]

Continuing double standards in the media

Posted on 11 October 2009 | 11:10am

As I am interviewing Bertie Ahern at the Cheltenham Festival later today, I thought I’d catch him on the Marr programme to see whether he was in suit and tie or smart casual, and thereby get my dress code guidance. This is after all the man who when chairing an international summit wore the most […]

The best policies in Cameron’s speech were those of Labour Big Government

Posted on 8 October 2009 | 5:10pm

In the next few hours, someone will do us the service of telling us which words and phrases were most used in David Cameron’s speech. ‘Big Government’ will, I suspect, be top of the pops. Whilst professing to hate Gordon Brown’s ‘dividing lines’ approach to politics, this was an attempt to make Big State v Small State […]

Tongues slipping all over the place

Posted on 8 October 2009 | 9:10am

Did Nick Robinson really refer to David Cameron as the Prime Minister? And should any of us be terribly surprised? Now of course it is possible to excuse the BBC political editor’s mistake as a slip of the tongue. The Conference season has been going for some weeks. That is an awful lot of day […]

Cameron confuses strategy and tactics and puts Union at risk

Posted on 7 October 2009 | 10:10am

Off to Scotland today and, in what those who ever ate with him call ‘Robert Maxwell catering’, I will be at two dinners, one an awards ceremony, the second a Labour fundraiser. For Captain Bob, two dinners was in fact sometimes a conservative assessment of his eating capacity. I remember once attending a dinner he […]

VacuDave goes all peevish at difficult questions. Bring on the debates

Posted on 4 October 2009 | 11:10pm

The BBC lead-in was bang on message for VacuDave tonight, leading its bulletins with talk of his ‘big, bold plans for welfare reform’ and the highly comical notion that the Tories are now the party of jobs. Well done Dave and his spin team then for getting this thought as a major news item rather […]

Lots of joking around in Jersey, though nothing as hysterical as Dave’s Europe position

Posted on 3 October 2009 | 10:10am

Made my first ever trip to Jersey yesterday. Nice place, nice time, good run, met some old friends and then last night did a speech and q and a at a dinner. It is always interesting to see where questions are coming from especially when, as last night, they come from a mix on onstage […]

Serious Politics 1 Low Journalism 0

Posted on 27 September 2009 | 11:09am

Gordon Brown did well on the Andrew Marr programme this morning, in difficult circumstances. He was at his best when showing the kind of fighting spirit that Labour supporters hope will define the week ahead. He had something serious and substantial to say about government action to deal with the banking bonus culture. He was […]

Media’s love for Cameron should be turned into a weakness

Posted on 26 September 2009 | 10:09am

I am indebted to one of the commenters on yesterday’s blog for the inspiration for today’s. You see – I do read them; and the ones on Twitter, and the ones on Facebook. I like the comments. I like the ones from people complaining we’ve blocked their response, when it is already up there. I love the rabid […]

Here goes with the smoked Salmond

Posted on 20 September 2009 | 10:09am

The editor of the Sunday Mail (no, not the Mail on Scumday, for which I would never write, but the Glasgow-based paper) was taken by my blog the other day suggesting David Cameron was Alex Salmond’s Trojan Horse in his drive for independence. He asked me to elaborate for today’s paper. Here’s what I said. […]