Tag: “Ed Miliband

The Ed-Ed dynamic now key to Labour success; and how George Osborne is sleeping less easily

Posted on 21 January 2011 | 9:01am

Ed Miliband made much during the Labour leadership election of saying we had to ‘learn the lessons’ of why we lost power. Correct. However, we must also learn the lessons of why we won power, and won three general elections, among them the understanding that most people live their lives on or close to the […]

By-election coverage still showing gap between media and public mood on governing parties

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 9:01am

Ladies and gentlemen, at the risk of appearing arrogant and boastful about my own considerable skills and experience in political strategy, may I take you back to my blog of January 2, headlined Both governing parties deserve to be punished for Tory by-election pull-out. ‘I know that we are into a new and different sort […]

Media still pandering to the Cameron-Coulson line

Posted on 6 January 2011 | 10:01am

Longer than usual blog today, most of it not written by me. You’ll have to wait a bit for the point, but with thanks to the Labour Party’s media monitoring department, I want to begin with an account of what appeared on the main news programmes this morning. Today Programme 1. The US enquiry into […]

Ed Miliband landed a blow yesterday. Now bigger arguments have to be demolished and built

Posted on 4 January 2011 | 12:01pm

There was a tiny hint of desperation in the voice of George Osborne’s response to Ed Miliband’s rather effective attack over the Tories’ VAT rise yesterday. ‘The question Ed Milliband faces is this: if you’re not raising VAT, where are the extra £13bn of spending cuts coming from? The NHS? Schools?’ Now that deficit reduction […]

Good hype (Ed Miliband speech tomorrow) and bad hype (The Archers)

Posted on 3 January 2011 | 10:01am

Hype can be a very dangerous business, and The Archers is the latest commodity to find itself damaged by it. I am not an Archers’ fan, but Fiona is and yesterday, the biggest anticipation of the day was not celebration of her birthday, but tuning in to make sure she learned what all the fuss […]

In staying above the fray, Cameron is more regal than Prime Ministerial

Posted on 20 December 2010 | 12:12pm

I can’t help thinking that if Tony Blair or Gordon Brown were Prime Minister, there would by now have been a media and/or political outcry about their seeming lack of interest or involvement in the weather situation. You have to have a lot of qualities to get to be PM, and even more to stay […]

A night of celebration of the life of Michael Foot

Posted on 9 November 2010 | 6:11pm

I hope you don’t mind me reprinting in full here the comment posted by Jacquie Reed on the blog I did earlier about the coalition cutting off their noses to spite their faces by cutting government spending which is shown to have generated investment. And I hope she doesn’t mind me saying it is for […]

Good to hear Bank Governor whacking banks; now let’s hear it from DC and Osborne

Posted on 26 October 2010 | 11:10am

In the dying moments of the Labour government, namely those heady days between the election and Gordon Brown’s departure from Downing Street, Bank of England governor Mervyn King was perhaps a bigger player than any of the accounts so far have revealed. His name is of course well-known in political, media and financial circles, and the […]

Hoping to race to Number 1 in the Chinese bestsellers’ list

Posted on 17 October 2010 | 8:10am

What with fundraisers, festivals, speeches, interviews, inquiries, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, not to mention life on websites, twitter, Facebook and the like, I spend a lot of my time answering questions. Which means it is quite rare to be asked a question I have never been asked before. So many thanks to a man called […]

PMQs matter and Ed’s good start matters too

Posted on 14 October 2010 | 12:10pm

(A technical wizard has somehow found the blog that flew into the ether as I was heading to make a speech and present manufacturing industry awards in Ironbridge … here it is) TB’s book got a fresh wave of publicity yesterday with several of the telly people reading out his colourful description of the nightmare of […]