Tag: “Gordon Brown

On GB’s tears with Piers, and my emotional moment with Marr

Posted on 7 February 2010 | 4:02pm

Some commentators are already suggesting GB must have gone into his interview with Piers Morgan with his express purpose of crying over the loss of his daughter. I have not seen the interview but I have seen Gordon in the past get very emotional indeed about losing his first child, and about the fact that one of […]

Cameron winning on media support but losing on leadership

Posted on 2 February 2010 | 10:02am

Leadership is in large part about how you react under pressure. Pressure does not come much greater than that which faced Gordon Brown when an economic whirlwind struck, and the world feared a plunge into a 30s style depression. This morning I look at a Financial Times front page headline which says ‘Manufacturing surges back’ […]

Fire is always best turned on the Tories

Posted on 7 January 2010 | 3:01pm

When the Tories were slowly imploding in the run up to our first landslide victory in 1997, former minister Alan Clark called me to bemoan his party’s fate. As my diaries show, this fellow diarist phoned me rather a lot, more than his party whips and apparatchiks appreciated. He loved ‘the game,’ as he called […]

Cameron’s wobble the product of his team saying what their audiences want to hear

Posted on 5 January 2010 | 10:01am

The Tories put a lot of planning into the launch of their New Year campaigning. Big setpiece speeches by the leader, press ads, posters with what look like an airbrushed David Cameron. The slogan ‘things can’t go on like this’  reminded me of their not so successful ‘are you thinking what we’re thinking?’ from the […]

Copenhagen really matters. Guardian front page sets scene well

Posted on 7 December 2009 | 10:12am

A surprisingly impactful front page of The Guardian today, given that the headline is a non-screaming quote from their own editorial and the only picture an unrelated head and shoulders shot of Helen Mirren advertising Christmas wrapping paper.  Back in my day (writes a middle-aged old fart) front pages were hidden away till as late […]

PMQs win for GB was a direct result of Cameron’s strategic failure

Posted on 3 December 2009 | 8:12am

So GB trounced Cameron at PMQs yesterday. That was the word used by my taxi driver, who had been listening on Five Live, and by plenty of others who texted, called and variously communicated the view that GB had been on form and DC on the floor. I subsequently watched it myself – don’t you […]

Sarko at risk of riling Obama and GB. Cameron on conkers

Posted on 1 December 2009 | 10:12am

A couple of weeks ago, a French magazine asked me to write a piece about the relationship between Presidents Obama and Sarkozy. We might like to think that politics and diplomacy is all about issues, policies, ideals, and there is a fair bit of that. But there is no point pretending personalities do not come […]

BBC main bulletin blackout on leaders’ speeches bizarre

Posted on 24 November 2009 | 10:11am

The economy is always fundamental to any election, and the debates upon it therefore central to the choice faced by voters. So yesterday, with all three main party leaders speaking to the CBI, was a useful and surely newsworthy opportunity for the leaders to set out their stalls, and for the public get a chance […]

Why should Brown and Cameron apologise for being seen to pay tribute to the war dead?

Posted on 22 November 2009 | 11:11am

Having taken a potshot at David Cameron for hiring a personal photographer, I suppose I ought to be pleased that this has landed him in a spot of bother. But I’m afraid I cannot get wound up over the complaint by Westminster Abbey that Cameron and Gordon Brown had their pictures taken without permission in […]

On the exploitation of grief to get Gordon

Posted on 11 November 2009 | 8:11am

In my newspaper reporting days on The Mirror, one of the worst calls to make was the one to the news desk saying ‘The Sun’s got the mum.’ The situation might be a court case, a serious crime, a have-a-go-hero rescue, or a human  interest story which suddenly flared up out of nowhere and captured […]