Tag: “George Osborne

IMF report another step towards the end of this unelected one-term Tory government

Posted on 20 July 2012 | 5:07am

TweedleGeorge and TweedleDanny were out the other day, dressed in G4S style security jackets, announcing a bit of infrastructure spending. TweedleDanny appeared to have lost the power of speech, but he had retained the power of head movement and was nodding earnestly as TweedleGeorge explained how the difficult decisions taken by the coalition had made […]

G4S boss needs a haircut – and Cameron and May need to get a grip

Posted on 15 July 2012 | 9:07am

First impressions matter. Nowhere is that more important than in the growth industry of event security. I like my security guards to look like Howard Webb, tall and strong, with a pleasing manner but really firm authority. I do not feel safe when I am patted down by young men half my size with bad skin, […]

After a period of silence, an omniblog on Dave-George-Vince omnishambles, Ed and TB, and Bank of Dave

Posted on 13 July 2012 | 8:07am

One of the nice things about writing your own blog, rather than a newspaper column, is that you can write what you want when you want, and not be driven by the agenda or deadlines of others. So when you’re a bit overbusy, and a bit over-tired, as I have been in the last few […]

Osborne should avoid the weekend press – unless he wants to learn from his failure as a strategist

Posted on 7 July 2012 | 11:07am

George Osborne is an avid reader of his press cuttings, but his advisers may well be tempted to get him away to a newspaper free zone this weekend. The Chancellor still has plenty of admirers in the media – not least those at The Spectator who helped him prime his grenade attack on Ed Balls, […]

Don’t blame poor Chloe Smith for Osborne and Gove omnishambles

Posted on 27 June 2012 | 8:06am

One of the more repellent aspects of the play POSH that I keep going on about is, as I said in this review in The Independent, the sexism of the young aristo Oxford Tory members of the Riot aka Bullingdon Club. I wonder if it was sexism, cowardice or sheer incompetence that persuaded George ‘I […]

Could POSH become to Cameron’s government the satirical tag that SPIN became to TB’s?

Posted on 25 June 2012 | 5:06am

An edited version of this piece appears in today’s Independent. I have italicised the bigger chunks not in the Indy for any of you who may have read it already, so you can skip to those bits! Also quite interesting for journalism students to see what the sub-editors decided could hit the deck as they […]

Gove is playing fast and loose with education as a way of aiming even higher (for himself not kids)

Posted on 23 June 2012 | 7:06am

As Michael Gove reflects on his latest intervention, what will have the greater impact on him as he surveys the weekend papers with his usual careful reading? … the fact that he has annoyed huge numbers of heads, teachers, parents and children with his ill-timed (in the middle of exams for heaven’s sake), regressive (he […]

Clegg should make clear he can’t support the Gove-Osborne view on Leveson

Posted on 13 June 2012 | 8:06am

Yesterday Nick Clegg tells his MPs not to support Jeremy Hunt in a Commons vote. Today the Deputy Prime Minister appears at the Leveson Inquiry. I suspect there may be a link, and I hope his distancing from David Cameron does not end there. Mr Clegg will have been thinking about how to deal with […]

POSH – just a play? Or a real problem for Cameron, Osborne and Johnson?

Posted on 10 June 2012 | 10:06am

First things first, and a quick line the producers of POSH can use in any publicity should they wish to … ‘topical, relevant, well-written, well-cast, well-acted and very thought-provoking.’ As to what I really think about it, even a good night’s sleep has not settled the answer. Perhaps that is the sign of a good […]

It’ll take more than the Queen’s popularity and the Olympics to help Tories shift the mood around them now

Posted on 31 May 2012 | 8:05am

A while back I remember reading an article in which, on the back of the Royal Wedding, a senior Tory was predicting that with the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics to come, Britain was set for a wave of patriotism which would benefit his party. Well the wave of patriotism is certainly upon us, but […]