Tag: “Labour Party

A House Divided?

Posted on 13 June 2009 | 2:06am

There has been a good response to the latest email I sent out to Go Fourth supporters this week. I know there will be some crossover between Go Fourth subscribers and people who visit here, but thought those who are not Go Fourthers might like to see it anyway.  Dear Go Fourth A long one […]

Anger at BNP seats must be turned into activism

Posted on 8 June 2009 | 2:06pm

There is a tendency for everyone in politics, both politicians and commentators, to make single sweeping judgements based upon what ultimately are a myriad complicated reasons that swing votes one way or another. So for Labour politicians doing the media rounds last night, getting hit hard by the expenses scandal became the most common attempt […]

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 […]

JP is right there was no proper campaign but Tories still weak

Posted on 5 June 2009 | 1:06pm

I might not express myself in exactly the same way as John Prescott, but it is hard to disagree with his assessment on the Go Fourth website that there was a lack of proper campaigning in the run up to yesterday’s elections. I also agree with John that the responsibility for that cannot solely be […]

Only one present counts

Posted on 25 May 2009 | 11:05am

Short and sweet today … to thank all those who, particularly via Facebook, have wished me a Happy Birthday and, more importantly, good luck to Burnley. It is, quite simply, the biggest game since 1987 when we had to beat Orient to stay in the Football League. If we win, we will be the smallest […]

There now follows … a good whack at Cameron

Posted on 14 May 2009 | 5:05pm

It will be very hard for the parties to get much attention for their election broadcasts amid the ongoing expenses fiasco. Which is a pity, because I have had a sneak preview of Labour’s tonight, and it is very nice finally to see a decent -sized boot going into David Cameron. Well, not a boot actually, […]

The real lessons from Damian McBride

Posted on 12 April 2009 | 10:04am

These days I tend to find out news as much through interview bids as through listening to the radio or reading the papers. Sky or Radio Five Live are usually first, by email, with a phone call ten minutes later if I haven’t replied, then a rash of BBC producers, followed by a broadsheet asking […]

Dave, Danny and have the Tories really changed?

Posted on 21 March 2009 | 8:03am

I’ve pre-recorded an interview for BBC Radio 4’s The Week In Westminster this morning. Back in the days when I was almost a journalist, I used to present the programme myself, so I was in the same Millbank studio, joining Danny Finkelstein for the two of us to be quizzed by Steve Richards about whether […]

Start of a new approach from Labour?

Posted on 10 March 2009 | 9:03am

Greetings from a beautiful Hampshire countryside hotel where I am due to make a speech to business leaders about leadership.  So out early to the hotel gym and how refreshing it was to hear on the news that the government is unveiling the next stages of public service reform.  The main focus for the TV […]

Inside the chocolate factory

Posted on 28 February 2009 | 10:02am

I thought I knew North London fairly well. So whenever I’ve seen ‘The Chocolate Factory’, I’ve always assumed I knew what it was. Indeed, as we parked the car before last night’s fundraiser for Hornsey and Wood Green Labour Party, saw it was taking place next to the Chocolate Factory, and Fiona asked ‘what’s The […]