Tag: “Ed Miliband

Cameron and Miliband could learn a lot from Monsieur Wenger

Posted on 8 October 2010 | 11:10am

I was interviewed by a student paper the other day, and asked what I had wanted to be when I was 7, 14 and 21. The answer was footballer, footballer and footballer even if, probably by age 7, and certainly by age 14, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. But even if you don’t fulfil your original […]

People strangely unmoved by Cameron, but Labour need to get going now

Posted on 7 October 2010 | 8:10am

To the lovely setting of Knowsley Park near Liverpool last night, and a speech to pensions experts. No, wait, wait, the specific brief was ‘anything but pensions’ so don’t go away. Of course pensions is a fascinating subject but tough for an after dinner speech, especially when your main experience of the issue is having […]

The curse of the soap-operization of politics

Posted on 29 September 2010 | 5:09pm

As David Miliband was preparing to make his announcement today, I was being interviewed by ITN’s Mary Nightingale at a conference in Prague. It was a business audience and she was asking me about how I thought governments around the world would deal with the fall-out from the global economic crisis, in terms of the […]

Tories won’t have liked it as much as they were hoping to

Posted on 28 September 2010 | 3:09pm

It is quite something to go from one full on campaign (the general election in May) into another (the Labour leadership election) and then within three days of your unexpected win make a hugely anticipated speech to Party and country. Ed Miliband did it very well. I have seen close-up in four of his predecessors […]

With our media, David M’s ‘no more soap opera’ is impossible

Posted on 27 September 2010 | 12:09pm

Excellent little off the cuff speech by David Miliband at Labour’s conference today. He has handled himself well in defeat. He has a lot to offer. But just as yesterday I suggested his brother Ed would be well served by trying to ignore all the noise around him as he works on his first conference speech […]

Ed should try to ignore the noise and paint his own picture

Posted on 26 September 2010 | 7:09am

It is not usual for me to kick off with words of praise for Nick Robinson and Tom Bradby, but both require a little for their commentary around the election of Ed Miliband as Labour leader yesterday. As the breathless anchors were pressing for the definitive soundbite assessment of Ed’s narrow win, both the BBC […]

Big day for Labour

Posted on 25 September 2010 | 8:09am

The media keep saying that the Labour leadership election ‘has failed to capture the public imagination’, though how they define this judgement is entirely subective and based in  large part on an understandably bigger interest in the coalition, they being the government and all that. Yet in recent weeks, and particularly in recent days, I […]

Cameron’s views on Labour leadership might be worth heeding

Posted on 29 August 2010 | 4:08pm

Cameron reportedly wants Ed Miliband as Labour leader. Black propaganda, or a genuine view born of thinking the situation through? I think the latter

Time for all the Labour contenders to pile in

Posted on 21 June 2010 | 12:06pm

When John Major put himself up for re-election as Tory leader, whilst still a serving PM, it was on one hand an act of desperation, but on the other a chance for him and his Party to show they had a bit of fight left in them. As Prelude to Power records, TB and I […]

An everyday tale of modern journalism, plus All-Time Premier League team

Posted on 6 June 2010 | 11:06am

First of all, thanks to the Independent on Sunday for devoting two pages to an interview pegged to the publication of Prelude to Power, which also mentions (and has pictures of the front covers of) All In The Mind and Maya, my two novels. But … and I think journalists know me well enough to know […]