Tag: “Michael Gove

Lessons for Labour in fascinating Axelrod account of Obama election win

Posted on 15 March 2013 | 11:03am

I suppose political strategists are likely to be more interested in interviews with political strategists than most people, but anyone with an interest in politics, campaigns and the next election should read the interview below. It is with political strategist David Axelrod, a key member of the team for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns; conducted […]

Gove helping to destroy Olympic legacy plans. What does he have against sport exactly?

Posted on 18 December 2012 | 10:12am

The BBC did a brilliant job with their Sports Personality show on Sunday. If I had one small complaint it was in the air-brushing of any politics or politicians from the narrative. ‘Keep politics out of sport’ has a certain compelling appeal, but sport is an intensely political area. Always has been (think Eastern Europe, […]

Good to know Team Gove was rattled by Any Questions blog – here is their (sic) rebuttal

Posted on 16 December 2012 | 10:12am

Michael Gove, with his little army of supporters in the media and on the Tory backbenchers, is not used to being challenged over his potty policies which win the support of the mainly privately educated, privately educating editors, but are widely disliked and mistrusted by the public. When I blogged on the discrepancy between media […]

As press hail Cameron’s courage and strength, they know his betrayal of victims was an act of weakness

Posted on 30 November 2012 | 3:11pm

You did not have to be a genius to imagine there might have been a statutory element to the proposals brought forward by Lord Justice Leveson. Indeed, the longer the inquiry went on, the more his tone of questioning suggested such a move might happen. Certainly, by the time David Cameron gave evidence, it was […]

Camden schools turnaround a big success story – weird that the Government prefers to focus on failure

Posted on 28 November 2012 | 8:11am

I was out last night raising cash for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research at the Midtown Business Club dinner, to whom thanks for your cash and your support. In my speech, I talked a bit about the Boris phenomenon and said his appeal was rooted in his positivity, which is why it was odd that he […]

A brief history of the many ‘last chance saloons’ in which our press have drunk to excess

Posted on 26 November 2012 | 5:11pm

It is not often that I give over this space to a Tory MP, let alone one who was closely involved in David Cameron’s failed efforts to secure a Parliamentary majority. However, as the bulk of the press seeks to shape the pre-Leveson debate in a way that suits their own political and commercial interests, […]

You don’t have to be an Olympian to feel the joy of meeting a sporting challenge

Posted on 20 August 2012 | 9:08am

It is technical uselessness, rather than modesty, that prevents me from putting on here the photo I tweeted yesterday from the summit of Mont Ventoux. Now I cannot claim to have got up this legendary Provençal mountain quickly. Indeed, my times over the past few years represent something of a study in ageing. But I […]

Forget the anti-politics politician stuff about Boris – we are witnessing a ruthless power play

Posted on 1 August 2012 | 2:08pm

As Boris Johnson charmingly and ruthlessly exploits the Olympics to build and extend his profile, he is beginning to remind me of another blonde charismatic Tory, namely Michael Heseltine. The more Boris protests that he is not seeking to undermine David Cameron, the more I am reminded of Hezza’s pitch when he was but publicly […]

More people care about planet’s future than Osborne’s, so Ed Davey needs to win coalition battle

Posted on 24 July 2012 | 11:07am

If I may use a Bullingdon-type expression, I never much fancied the cut of the jib of Chris Huhne when he was Secretary of State for Environment and Climate Change (remember that.) Too much about himself, too fond of the media positioning. I don’t know Ed Davey, his successor, but I wish all power to […]

Don’t blame poor Chloe Smith for Osborne and Gove omnishambles

Posted on 27 June 2012 | 8:06am

One of the more repellent aspects of the play POSH that I keep going on about is, as I said in this review in The Independent, the sexism of the young aristo Oxford Tory members of the Riot aka Bullingdon Club. I wonder if it was sexism, cowardice or sheer incompetence that persuaded George ‘I […]