Tag: “Labour Party

Cameron and Miliband both spoke well, but vulnerabilities for the government lie ahead

Posted on 11 August 2011 | 2:08pm

I thought both David Cameron and Ed Miliband spoke well in their statements to the Commons today. They both got the tone right, and had the right mix of rhetorical condemndation of the present and recent past, and analysis of what needs to be done for the future. Ed Miliband rightly made the judgement that […]

First Clegg, now councils, act as Cameron’s lightning rods

Posted on 14 December 2010 | 8:12am

The Tories (ie the government) will be feeling pleased enough with the spin operation surrounding the cuts to local authorities. The media were buying enough ‘power to the people’ (sic) to dilute the real impact of yesterday’s announcement, namely a savaging of services which local authorities provide and on which many people depend. But just […]

Buy All In The Mind and raise cash for mental health campaigns

Posted on 27 July 2010 | 2:07am

In the run-up to the election we sold several hundred signed copies of The Blair Years via the website, with half the proceeds going to the Labour Party. Now I want to do something similar with my first novel, All In The Mind, about a psychiatrist and his patients. But this time the proceeds are […]

Fight to get Labour back in starts now

Posted on 12 May 2010 | 10:05am

Part of politics is having to prepare for every eventuality. So even before a vote had been cast last week, Gordon Brown had several drafts of statements – win, lose or draw – that he would make once the result became clear. Even the ‘draw’ drafts, as it turned out, did not really cover the unclear […]

What’s changed and what hasn’t after yesterday?

Posted on 11 May 2010 | 8:05am

After all the drama and excitement of yesterday, some things have changed and some haven’t. GB signalling his departure as Labour leader is a change, though one that should not have been hugely unexpected given the election result which was, in its own way, a rejection of all three leaders – GB who as PM […]

Only one leader talking policy today amid confused Tory tactics

Posted on 26 April 2010 | 7:04pm

I’m a bit confused about Tory tactics (as opposed to their non-existent or at least ever-changing strategy). This morning the Tory talk was of a collapsing Labour vote which meant that they could extend their list of target seats long enough to be contemplating something close to the landslide type swing enjoyed by TB in ’97. […]

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Tribute to a lovely man

Wed 3 Mar 2010

Michael Foot … above all else a lovely man

Posted on 3 March 2010 | 2:03pm

The tributes will focus on Michael Foot the politician, the minister, the leader, the wonderful orator. They will highlight too his journalism and his writing, and the great causes he supported. I hope that what also comes through is what a lovely man he was, right to the end of a life so well lived. The sadness […]

Debate expectations in a good place for GB and Clegg

Posted on 26 February 2010 | 10:02am

In a piece for The Times earlier this week, about how social networking was changing the way many people consume media and interact with the political debate, I referred to the TV debates between the party leaders, which will be a genuinely new development in the forthcoming campaign. I said the relative spending power of […]

How twitter is changing balance of power in film indsutry

Posted on 18 February 2010 | 12:02pm

Movie industry marketing men, provided they had an A list cast and a big advertising budget, were once guaranteed a minimum of three days’ major takings at the box office. The sheer weight of such a campaign would guarantee busy cinemas on the first Friday, Saturday and Sunday of release. Through the week, word of […]