Tag: “George Osborne

Sunday papers show Cameron, Yates, Murdoch and Mail still don’t really get it

Posted on 10 July 2011 | 8:07am

With my usual thanks to the Labour Party media monitoring department for their excellent summary of the press, a few points before I settle down to a cup of coffee in front of Ed Miliband on Andrew Marr. First, to anyone who thinks David Cameron and (most of) the Tories still don’t get it, take […]

On China, consumer spending, and crime, three big bad straws in the wind for Osborne

Posted on 29 June 2011 | 8:06am

First, a postscript from my last blogpost, on China … yesterday Premier Wen Jiabao presided over the signing of deals with Germany worth almost £10billion (compared with the £1.4bn trade agreements signed with the UK.) There will be many reasons for this, but one may well be the Germans’ lighter touch on the issue of […]

Whacking public services now a clear political strategy to match economic strategy of cuts

Posted on 24 June 2011 | 8:06am

I was surprised there were no ministers at the Local Government Awards organised by the Municipal Journal last night. It was one of those events at which, if memory serves me right, Labour always tried to ensure a ministerial presence. But I didn’t have to be there for long to pick up the feeling from […]

A new version of an old Cliff Richard song could be biggest feelgood dampener yet

Posted on 20 June 2011 | 8:06am

It is always wise to be a little suspicious of stories which emerge from private sector surveys, particularly if designed as what journalists in the pre no-deadline online age used to call a ‘Sunday for Monday’. These were stories which a reporter could tuck away late on Friday afternoon, leaving him safe in the knowledge […]

On Osborne’s speech, Peston’s tie, and Labour’s need to unpick Tory argument on the past

Posted on 16 June 2011 | 7:06am

The noise surrounding it would suggest George Osborne made an important speech last night. Northern Rock sell-off and banking reform seemed to take most of the coverage, big ticket items both. So for once I was keen to see the news and hoped to hear a little of what the Chancellor said. To be fair […]

Osborne will love today’s IMF headlines, but HATE the piece comparing him with GB

Posted on 7 June 2011 | 8:06am

I claim no special insight into, or influence over, George Osborne. It was interesting however to note that within a day or two of my suggesting here that he needed to step up the communication of his economic Plan A, our relatively low profile Chancellor went on what by his standards may be termed a […]

Osborne needs to start explaining Plan A, or work on Plan B

Posted on 4 June 2011 | 10:06am

There is something to be said for George Osborne’s modus operandi – which is to set bold strokes, speak in public when he has to, but otherwise keep his head down. It is an approach, however, which suits itself better to strategies of blinding clarity where the steps being taken will almost certainly lead, all […]

On Cheryl, Cameron’s kitchen and why Obama rebuffed Osborne’s plans on the deficit

Posted on 26 May 2011 | 8:05am

I am hoping the sound of helicopters above means the President is on his way to France, able to escape Britain before he and the Prime Minister get asked about what Cheryl Cole’s exit from American X Factor says about the special-essential relationship. Be in no doubt – had the departure of the People’s Panellist […]

On both main planks of strategy, political and economic, coalition is misfiring

Posted on 12 May 2011 | 8:05am

To return to one of my favourite themes … David Cameron didn’t win the election because he lacked strategic clarity. The public gave it to him – make a coalition work and sort out the economy. That sense of shared purpose is dissipating quickly. Just one year from the Rose Garden civic partnership ceremony, Nick […]

Public will tire very quickly of coalition emotionalism. They should learn from downside of TB-GBery

Posted on 10 May 2011 | 6:05am

One of the most debilitating aspects of divisions in government is the emotional energy they absorb. Whilst I can and regularly do make the case that between them Tony Blair and Gordon Brown achieved a huge amount together, and whilst I can equally make the case that when Peter Mandelson and I were working together […]