Tag: “John Prescott

Oh dear, Mr Mitchell, you really don’t want the people looking after you offside you know

Posted on 21 September 2012 | 9:09am

Remember the launch of Labour’s manifesto in 2001? No? Ok, well if I say ‘do you remember John Prescott thumping the bloke with a mullet hair cut?’ and possibly ‘do you remember Sharon Storer, the woman who took Tony Blair to task outside a Birmingham hospital?’ you might recall it better. But there was a […]

This can be a one-term Tory government. Labour need to start raising the cash to fight them

Posted on 22 May 2012 | 12:05pm

I am becoming more and more convinced that this could be a one-term government, and that David Cameron will go down in history as a one-term Prime Minister who never won an election. It is not just about the economy, stupid. It is the fact that the government appears to be so clueless about what […]

Is Nick Clegg already playing Prescott to Dave and George’s TB-GB?

Posted on 6 March 2012 | 7:03am

I got in last night to catch sight of Nick Clegg talking about child benefit on the news. Now I didn’t see the start of the report, but if I read the words and body language right, I thought that rather than agitating as the Lib Dem leader in advance of the Budget, he was […]

Clegg needs to do more than fulminate. This is also about wealth, power and opportunity

Posted on 8 August 2011 | 12:08pm

Nick Clegg is right to say the violence in London has been unacceptable, and the thieving opportunistic, and the senior police officer put up to do interviews in the absence of a Commissioner right to say the rooters and looters do not represent their communities. But both are wrong if they see this purely as […]

John Prescott’s spat with Sunday Times underlines extent of made up anonymous quotes in papers

Posted on 13 June 2011 | 8:06am

Good to see that John Prescott has lost none of his old fire, and none of his new ability to use social media to get heard. His extraction via twitter of an apology from the Sunday Times over a quote, which he rightly says was used to justify the paper’s headline about ‘big beasts’ mauling […]

Coulson departure was Dambuster 1; News’ admission of liability could be Dambuster 2

Posted on 9 April 2011 | 10:04am

It never ceases to amaze me how media organisations, so sharp and skilful in covering other people’s crises, are often so poor at handling their own. I have been saying here since well before the last election that the only way for News International to deal with the phone-hacking scandal is to get everything out […]

On the rebirth of political memoirs – reprinted from The Bookseller

Posted on 19 November 2010 | 3:11pm

Well, we’re having a right old book day are we not. Bad Sex Awards pitch this morning (I liked the line from journalist John Rentoul that it was ‘triple bluff’) and now I offer you the article I penned for the latest issue of The Bookseller, on the subject of political books. Though it is […]

All power to JP’s NHS Direct campaign

Posted on 30 August 2010 | 8:08am

The coalition are doing things for which they have no mandate. Scrapping NHS Direct is the latest. They are getting away with it for now, but with proper argument and campaigning, this and other decisions will hurt them later in this Parliament.

On Hoon-Hewitt and John Prescott

Posted on 7 January 2010 | 12:01am

I’ve been really busy all day on various things and have only just caught up with the coverage of the Hoon-Hewitt ‘initiative’. Fair to say the news I caught was a bit of a disaster for the party, after what has been a better than expected start to the year in terms of getting stuck […]

No hiding place from Twitter, me on the bike, JP in DC

Posted on 17 July 2009 | 6:07pm

I always, always, always wear a helmet when cycling. Always. Except yesterday. And guess which day it was that someone tweeted that they’d seen me out on the bike. Yesterday. Followed by someone who said they once saw me and Boris Johnson out cycling on the same day, though not together. Boris never wears a […]