Tag: “George Osborne

Cameron’s ‘calm down dear’ Flashman moment was a flash of his vulnerability on the NHS

Posted on 28 April 2011 | 7:04am

I think enough has probably already been said and written about David Cameron’s latest Flashman moment, though I’m sure Michael Winner was dead chuffed to be trending on twitter alongside the Labour MP to whom the PM directed his ‘calm down dear’ jibe. Have to confess I didn’t realise this was a Winnerism. It was […]

Sad to say, Cameron has Clegg exactly where he wants him

Posted on 24 April 2011 | 11:04am

Such is the negative prism through which Nick Clegg is now seen that people are highly suspicious about his sudden pre-local elections, pre-AV referendum attacks upon David Cameron. It is all a bit too neat after all the chummy-chummy cosiness that is one of the reasons he has gone from hero to zero in the […]

Help write my speech for the RCN conference with egs of frontline cuts to mental health services

Posted on 11 April 2011 | 2:04pm

Another fabulous day weather wise, spent so far sorting out a contract on an overseas speaking engagement; doing an interview with Andy Gray and Richard Keys on their new Talksport show; recording the voice over for a little film on Ian Botham’s charity exploits at Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research; going for a painfully slow run […]

Memo to Cameron: don’t listen to media on reshuffle; don’t sack Ken Clarke; and ta for Dream School visit

Posted on 7 April 2011 | 1:04pm

I have read in several places in recent days that David Cameron is ‘under mounting pressure’ to conduct a Cabinet reshuffle. ‘Under mounting pressure’ is one of the many dozens of phrases which rarely emerge from the mouths of real people, but regularly appear in print. Real people tend to speak of ‘pressure’ or, if […]

Lansley’s been Spelmaned as Cameron does The Cameron – a new Cabinet language is born

Posted on 5 April 2011 | 9:04am

As health secretary Andrew Lansley stumbles through one of the most humiliating weeks of his career, at least his Cabinet colleague Caroline Spelman can boast her own little place in history as a result. The environment secretary is the first member of the coalition Cabinet to have become a verb … as in ‘Lansley’s just […]

WPP return a sideshow; the Plan A fundamentals leave Osborne more worried than he looked

Posted on 24 March 2011 | 9:03am

Martin Sorrell’s announcement that he will bring his WPP HQ back to the UK was a dramatic and welcome coup … for Martin Sorrell. To get to the top of the news was evidence of a nifty spin team, and the lack of an obvious ‘Budget Day +1’ talking point to get the chatterati going. […]

Lessons in life from Ryan Giggs’ longevity and the relatively short list of team-mates

Posted on 1 March 2011 | 10:03am

Come on, be fair, it is ages since I did a blog on football. There is only so much I can say about David Cameron’s muddled foreign policy, his failure to explain the Big Society, or the ideological drive behind the cuts, which takes George Osborne into The Guardian today, rather defensively peddling a variation […]

Hezza signals discontent at lack of Cameron grip, but Osborne won’t U-turn yet

Posted on 18 February 2011 | 8:02am

I got back from Leicester in time to catch a bit of Question Time and was interested to see that the audience seemed mildly supportive of the government’s U-turn on the sell-off of forests. It was a very different reaction to the one I got at De Montfort University, where students seemed to go along […]

Time running out for Tories’ ‘all Labour’s fault’ mantra

Posted on 17 February 2011 | 7:02am

The Tories have had a very good run with their ‘it’s all Labour’s fault’, but it is slowly coming to an end. With the public, or at least the centre of gravity of public opinion, I think it came to an end some time ago. The media are following on behind. It was a great […]

The warnings Cameron and Osborne ignored – Paul Krugman 21/10/10

Posted on 27 January 2011 | 9:01am

An article by award winning economist Paul Krugman in the New York Times. British Fashion Victims By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: October 21, 2010 In the spring of 2010, fiscal austerity became fashionable. I use the term advisedly: the sudden consensus among Very Serious People that everyone must balance budgets now now now wasn’t based on […]