Tag: “David Cameron

There now follows … a good whack at Cameron

Posted on 14 May 2009 | 5:05pm

It will be very hard for the parties to get much attention for their election broadcasts amid the ongoing expenses fiasco. Which is a pity, because I have had a sneak preview of Labour’s tonight, and it is very nice finally to see a decent -sized boot going into David Cameron. Well, not a boot actually, […]

Here’s hoping Cardiff is metaphor for Cameron

Posted on 4 May 2009 | 9:05am

It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Cardiff. In the space of one afternoon, both their football and rugby teams crashed out in the closest, cruellest manner possible. A few weeks ago, Cardiff City were thinking automatic promotion to the Premiership was on, let alone the play-offs. The turning point was a 6-0 […]

Cameron confused over indepdendence and impartiality

Posted on 26 April 2009 | 12:04pm

David Cameron says today he will restore the ‘independence’ of the civil service. I passionately hope he does not become Prime Minister, but if he did, I would advise him to learn the difference between ‘independence’ and ‘impartiality.’ The Civil Service has a duty to be impartial. That is not the same as independent. An […]

A setback, not a crisis

Posted on 13 April 2009 | 12:04pm

The word crisis is the most overused in the media lexicon. In ten years with Tony Blair, I think I witnessed five full blown crises – Iraq, Kosovo, September 11, fuel protests and foot and mouth disease. There were hundreds of situations described as crises, but for me that means a set of circumstances which […]

Could Cameron have delivered the G20 deal?

Posted on 3 April 2009 | 10:04am

I promise that my tweet of last night – wondering whether David Cameron as Prime Minister could have delivered the G20 deal – was not merely rhetorical.  If the polls are right, and don’t change some time soon, then Cameron may be the next PM, suddenly dealing with global economic issues, war and a planet […]

Cameron still hasn’t sealed the deal with business

Posted on 13 March 2009 | 9:03am

Last night I was speaking in Nottingham and was advised to ‘keep it short and funny’ by one of the organisers.  I did my best but it was a long way to go for a Monty Python sketch so I did 20 minutes, fifteen of them moderately amusing anecdotes about people as varied as TB, […]

Dave Cameron – is that all there is?

Posted on 14 February 2009 | 11:02am

Sorry to go on about Dave Cameron again (oh ok, I’m not sorry at all) but I saw him blathering on the story about the 13-year-old who became a Dad. He had exactly the same intensity of expression he applies for soundbites on economic calamity, ministerial scandal, diplomatic crisis, global warfare and pestilence or how […]

The Cameron vacuum

Posted on 12 February 2009 | 2:02pm

Whenever I’m confronted with someone who says they’re thinking of voting Tory, I ask them to name three things David Cameron would do as Prime Minister? Even with people who follow politics closely, it tends to pull them up. Those who are desperate to say something in Dave’s defence then fall back on generalities – […]