Tag: “David Cameron

Breaking News – Cameron’s vacuousness an impersonator’s nightmare

Posted on 19 September 2009 | 11:09am

Had a very nice time interviewing Alistair McGowan for Radio 4’s Chain Reaction last night. Eddie Izzard’s interview with me goes out on Wednesday, so I assume the Ali(a)stairs’ chat goes out the week after.  We recorded about 45 minutes, which will get edited down to half an hour. It was fascinating to watch someone […]

Cameron has an army of spin doctors – aka journalists

Posted on 18 September 2009 | 10:09am

For those of you who don’t get the New Statesman, here is the piece I have written for this week’s issue, on the media’s love-in with David Cameron. Have vlogged on similar subject. Accustomed though I am to occasional populism, I found myself having to squirm away from the TV when David Cameron came on […]

On Scottish independence, Cameron’s short-termism, and Jimmy Carter being right

Posted on 17 September 2009 | 9:09am

  I was in Edinburgh yesterday, speaking at a communications conference, followed by a lunch and q and a, during which I was asked if people in England were aware of how the independence debate was unfolding, and whether they cared. As I replied, it struck me that one of the downsides of devolution – […]

Is Cameron Alex Salmond’s Trojan Horse?

Posted on 15 September 2009 | 10:09am

Before I get onto politics, well done to Eddie Izzard as he finishes his incredible run around the UK. For most runners, one marathon is a big enough challenge. By the end of today, Eddie will have done 43 in 52 days, all the way raising money for Sport Relief. I first heard of his […]

Cameron’s Conservatism beyond parody

Posted on 9 September 2009 | 10:09am

If you’d watched the BBC News last night, you’d have thought Rory Bremner had given up his serious commentator bit and gone back to being a funny impersonator dreaming up lines that no politician, surely, would ever have the nerve to deliver. David Cameron’s performance was beyond parody. The scene was Dave’s kitchen, where he was […]

‘No worries’ – the new response to thanks

Posted on 1 September 2009 | 12:09pm

Out for a longish run along Regent’s Park canal this morning, I found myself saying ‘thank you’ on four different occasions – twice when being waved forward by oncoming cyclists at those slow-down safety gate things, once when a couple walking side by side went into single file to allow me to pass, and once […]

Cameron had better be sure he’s right

Posted on 9 July 2009 | 11:07am

So David Cameron has pronounced that Andy Coulson is safe in his job. Assuming Mr Cameron does the basics of leadership, that means he has satisfied himself that his communications director did nothing improper or illegal, nor condoned, used or benefited from anything improper or illegal, in his time as editor of the News of the […]

First hug a hoodie, now grab a gay

Posted on 6 July 2009 | 12:07pm

I was asked to write a blog for LabourList with a Pride London theme. Here it is, but it’s also here. David Cameron last week chose an exclusive central London venue, the Paramount Club, with a ticket price of 50 pounds for a two-hour cocktail party, to blow kisses at the LGBT community. The lucky […]

By Dave’s friends shall we know him?

Posted on 23 June 2009 | 11:06am

No doubt what the Westminster bubble, politicians and media alike, saw as the main political event yesterday, with hour after hour of live coverage on the election for the new Speaker, and reams about John Bercow in the papers today. Well done to him, and good luck. Move fast, I say. But if his (nominally so) Party […]

A blow to gay rights and a boost for Cameron’s short-termism

Posted on 27 May 2009 | 11:05am

One of my favourite quotes about politics came from New York Governor Mario Cuomo – ‘we campaign in poetry but we govern in prose.’ Barack Obama fought one of the most wonderfully poetic campaigns and now has to be in full-on prose mode as he struggles with war, economic meltdown and environmental danger. Not to […]