Tag: “Gordon Brown

Why Tories are not home and dry, and wrong to call GB callous

Posted on 10 November 2009 | 1:11pm

Sorry – ok, no I’m not – to return to the day I got a call from the Telegraph asking for a quote on a poll showing Labour 37 points ahead. But let’s try to be inside the head of David Cameron. Let’s reflect on the fact that we are in recession, with unemployment up […]

US clarity of strategy required for full explanation on Afghanistan

Posted on 6 November 2009 | 10:11am

Gordon Brown is right today to be setting out – and he should keep setting out – the basic case for Britain’s involvement in Afghanistan. As Paddy Ashdown said yesterday, this war will not be won or lost militarily, but in the bars, sitting rooms and workplaces of those countries – democracies – who are contributing […]

On Biscuitgate, barmy Tory policy, and BNP v Generals

Posted on 21 October 2009 | 10:10am

I really hope this is my last word on Biscuitgate. But with yet another Times leader on the subject today (admittedly in the context of their criticism of GB for slow congratulations of gymnast Beth Tweddle for her gold medal) I thought you might be interested in this fact. The Prime Minister was not actually […]

Biscuitgate and Susan Boyle, no win territory for GB

Posted on 19 October 2009 | 12:10pm

How long before ‘Biscuitgate’ pops up in the ongoing saga of Gordon Brown and his choice of favourite biscuit? Oh, it just did. Richard Nixon, you who opened our politics to the Daddy of the Gates, the Water-one, you have a lot to answer for. Biscuitgate is real ‘can’t win territory’ for GB, as I learned at the […]

Serious Politics 1 Low Journalism 0

Posted on 27 September 2009 | 11:09am

Gordon Brown did well on the Andrew Marr programme this morning, in difficult circumstances. He was at his best when showing the kind of fighting spirit that Labour supporters hope will define the week ahead. He had something serious and substantial to say about government action to deal with the banking bonus culture. He was […]

Time for ministers to stand up and fight

Posted on 25 September 2009 | 9:09am

I cannot say I agree with everything Roy Hattersley says in The Times today, but I agree with a lot of it. ‘Fight for our beliefs. It is the only way to win.’ That is the headline on his opinion piece. The key word for me is ‘fight’. And he is right too that this […]

More horse’s mouth, less Beeb blah please

Posted on 4 September 2009 | 10:09pm

Keen to find out what Gordon Brown said in his speech about Afghanistan, I tuned into the BBC News Channel at 9pm. What bits I saw seemed good. Clear about why our troops are there. Clear about the link to life here. It cannot be stated often enough. And to be fair, in total there […]

A humbling NHS experience, a media row and a good GB speech

Posted on 12 June 2009 | 10:06am

What a truly inspiring and humbling time I had at the new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at Rathbone hospital in Liverpool yesterday.  It was not just the evident quality of care being provided for a small number of seriously ill men. It was also the clear emphasis that was put on making sure the views […]

As Obama fights for healthcare, let’s celebrate the record here

Posted on 9 June 2009 | 12:06pm

My God, is it really fifteen years since Hillary Clinton’s efforts to deliver universal healthcare for Americans were defeated in the US Congress? The same year Tony Blair became leader of the Labour Party? A lot has happened in both countries since. And as Barack Obama takes off where the wife of his predecessor but one […]

Can today be as frenzied as Friday?

Posted on 7 June 2009 | 10:06am

There is a downside to political frenzy for the political journalists who feed on it. That is that the higher you crank it up, the harder it is to keep cranking higher. There has barely been a day in recent times in which there has not been a TV talking head saying he/she had never known a day […]