Tag: “George Osborne

One big bad bold move … and Osborne’s star falls so far so fast

Posted on 27 May 2012 | 11:05am

A few months ago, George Osborne, in the eyes of many of his MPs and much of the media, could do no wrong. He was not just the Chancellor presiding over a bold plan to cure all known economic ills in a single term. He was also the party strategist whose economic and political mastery […]

Labour focus on creative industries welcome. Should be part of Plan B

Posted on 21 May 2012 | 6:05am

As David Cameron and George Osborne flounder, play the blame game, lecture others, and stick to a Plan A that isn’t working, the economic argument is shifting Labour’s way. Of course there are still people prepared to buy the Tory line that the global crisis and its impact were caused by Labour, but they are […]

Cameron facing in confusing (not to mention hypocritical) directions. Needs Plan B

Posted on 20 May 2012 | 10:05am

I am confused. David Cameron is arguing for austerity at home. But blaming Angela Merkel for damaging the eurozone through her commitment to … er … austerity. I am also confused … because the Tories who fear a United States of Europe will end civilisation as we know it now appear to be urging a […]

The Tories seem to dislike everyone who works in public service – apart from ‘independent’ Mervyn King

Posted on 17 May 2012 | 7:05am

So I went out for a run yesterday, over the Heath to the opticians to get my glasses tightened. Only en route it is my chest that is tightening – asthma bad this time of year – and I end up walking part of the way. Up by the tube station, a woman stops me […]

Boris win a boost for Cameron – I don’t think so

Posted on 5 May 2012 | 11:05am

It is remarkable how slowly the media moves from a pre-ordained narrative that turns out to be wrong. Boris Johnson having failed to win anything like the support being predicted for him, the win over Ken Livingstone is being seen both as a big step towards Boris being the next Tory leader, and a rare […]

Game on, and if Tories think this is about communications, the game is definitely winnable for Labour

Posted on 4 May 2012 | 9:05am

I hope someone at Tory Central Office is minting a medal for Michael Fallon, the MP who so gamely trots from studio to studio defending whatever Cameron-Osborne shambles happens to be trending at the time. But last night, as he sat with others waiting for election results to come in, there came a little sign […]

Don’t fall for Boris Johnson’s ‘I’m not a Tory’ shtick

Posted on 2 May 2012 | 9:05am

So tomorrow London decides whether Boris Johnson gets another bash at being Mayor, or Ken Livingstone a return to City Hall. Whizzing through my morning media brief, I see Ed Miliband correctly exposing the strategy that Johnson is hoping will get him over the line. This from the Independent Page 17… Ed Miliband has accused […]

Cameron and Osborne should heed Alistair Darling’s advice

Posted on 28 April 2012 | 5:04pm

I don’t suppose the two arrogant unapologetic posh boys who don’t know the price of milk (copyright Nadine Dorries) would ever listen to Alistair Darling. But they could do worse. Writing in the FT today, Labour’s last Chancellor sets out his ideas for how his successor George Osborne might get the economy going, including investment […]

Leveson drama will run and run, but double dip recession is event of the week

Posted on 27 April 2012 | 9:04am

A Tory strategist (now there’s a rare bird) is quoted in the FT today as saying ‘I don’t think there will be a permanent impact [from recent troubles] if we can show we are a competent government.’ That may be true, though I doubt it; may be wishful thinking, indeed clearly it is; but the […]

No Prime Minister … media blitz was wrong thing to do

Posted on 24 April 2012 | 7:04am

No, no, no Prime Minister … that media blitz yesterday was not the thing to do. I mean they were perfectly nice pictures, jacket off in the Today programme studio, striding red box in hand around Number 10, hitting said red box on train, factory visit, sit down with Nick Robinson in nice industrial setting, […]