Tag: “Margaret Thatcher

Her divisiveness is far from being the only reason Thatcher should not get a State funeral

Posted on 22 December 2011 | 6:12pm

That the idea of a State funeral for Margaret Thatcher is even on the agenda says something for the extent to which the Right wing in Britain still sings the best tunes the loudest across our politics and media. And yes, I am aware that Gordon Brown expressed his support for the notion – I […]

Cameron’s judgement an issue; but inquiry will now go deeper than if press had listened to critics before

Posted on 14 July 2011 | 7:07am

Just as News International threw Andy Coulson to the wolves in advance of last week’s PMQs, so at yesterday’s the PM did the same. In truth however, if Mr Cameron’s former communications director ‘turns out to have lied to me’ of course it will say something about Mr Coulson. But it will also say something […]

The press furore won’t swing an election, but it will change the nature of the debate to Labour’s benefit

Posted on 12 July 2011 | 6:07am

Time for the blog to take a little breather from phonehacking, with three little scenes from yesterday which combined to lift my mood from the general media putrescence in which we have been swimming. First, I spent the morning at Eastbury comprehensive school in Barking, speaking to the sixth form induction group. Forty per cent […]

With Big Society and NHS reforms in trouble, Cameron keeps press on side with superinjunctions support

Posted on 23 May 2011 | 8:05am

With his Big Society still no clearer now than it was when he first coined the phrase to distance himself from Mrs Thatcher, with his NHS reforms now so confused that he may have to start the legislative process all over again, David Cameron continues to do a good job at keeping secret from people […]

Public want more variety and less monoprism than media gives them – a despatch from Fowey

Posted on 18 May 2011 | 1:05pm

To remind you of another Rule One of communications – never confuse media opinion with public opinion. And Rule 1a – always expect better, more interesting and more varied questions from the public. If ever I do a media interview these days there will usually come a point where the journalist shifts in his chair, […]

On the extracts from my diaries (97-99) in tomorrow’s Guardian

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 3:01pm

The Guardian asked me to plug their paper for the morning .. so dear readers, go out and get The Guardian tomorrow. Done. Despite it being a Lib Dem paper, I chose The Guardian to run extracts from volume 2 of my diaires, Power and the People, which is out on Thursday, and orderable on […]

A fascinating day with ‘challenging’ kids

Posted on 2 October 2010 | 7:10am

Had a fascinating time yesterday, my first day as part of an education experiment. I was teaching a group of ‘challenging’ teenagers who have gone through the school system without overly troubling the GCSE scorers, and who have been brought together to see whether ‘inspiring, passionate, achieving’ people (why thank you experiment organisers) can turn […]

Piers’ and Cameron’s potshots at TB beneath two such ‘giants’

Posted on 12 September 2010 | 12:09pm

You’ve really got to love Piers Morgan … Oh ok, you don’t, and I realised even as I was typing the words that ‘you’ve really got to love Piers Morgan’ can take its place among the more idiotic orders that have appeared here. But back when I was training on the Mirror we were taught […]

Saatchi and Saatchi and my part in their piss-up

Posted on 10 September 2010 | 8:09am

I enjoyed seeing Maggie and her ministers at the Saatchis’ bash last night, but Labour strategist Philip Gould seemed the most on the ball about where politics may be heading.

Well done Tricycle theatre, and watch out Nick Clegg

Posted on 18 July 2010 | 3:07am

To the Tricycle theatre in Kilburn last night to see no fewer than nine plays under the banner ‘Women, Power and Politics’. It was the final night, so unless someone decides to invest in taking them to the West End or around the country, if you have not already been, you may have missed the boat. Pity, because […]