Tag: “Nick Clegg

Lib Dem desertions coming thick and fast. Business not impressed with Clameron

Posted on 14 May 2010 | 11:05am

Off to Dublin today to see a few old friends and do the Late Late Show. It’ll be nice to be in a country where the majority will have no truck with the idea that a Conservative government could ever be a progressive government, even when propped up by someone as nicely turned out as […]

GB at his best at Citizens UK, fired with passion and conviction

Posted on 3 May 2010 | 6:05pm

Having seen the very warm reaction Nick Clegg got from his speech to the Citizens UK conference in Westminster Hall, I was a bit worried GB might not quite match the performance or the response. Oh me of little faith. That was GB at his best. He was fired up with real passion, and the […]

Clegg poem gives foretaste of Tory/Lib coalition

Posted on 1 May 2010 | 6:05pm

I am a bit confused about Nick Clegg. In his favourite paper, The Guardian, he cites Samuel Beckett as his hero. In another, The Telegraph, WB Yeats is named as his favourite poet. Beckett may be best known as a playwright, but he was also a poet. I wonder if it is possible to have a hero who is […]

All still to play for. GB won. DC not answering. NC on wane

Posted on 30 April 2010 | 11:04am

I caught a snatch of a Five Live phone-in on the TV debates this morning, where the sense of the calls I heard was the clear dissonance between what people thought, and what the polls and pundits said. As I tweeted in advance of last night’s debate, the right-wing papers (ie the majority) were all […]

Clegg over-reach and cuddle up to Cameron both mistakes

Posted on 26 April 2010 | 11:04am

I wonder if Nick Clegg is not beginning to over-reach himself in stepping up the kind of demands he would make in support of either a Tory or Labour Prime Minister. It is of course in his interests to keep the focus as much on process as on policy, because it is the former that […]

Exposed: Tories and Lib Dems desperate to avoid policy debate

Posted on 25 April 2010 | 3:04pm

If ever anything showed the Tory and Lib Dem fear of having a serious debate on substance it is the outcome of three-party discussions about a joint plea to broadcasters to do more policy and less process. As of last night, senior people in the three parties agreed  there was considerable merit in the idea […]

Clegg’s debate strategy hardly new honest politics

Posted on 21 April 2010 | 12:04pm

Just been for a run round Cardiff, looking fabulous in the sunshine (Cardiff, that is, not me; I looked a bit slow and knackered and felt relieved I am not doing the London Marathon on Sunday.) I ran past the Welsh Assembly, which has done a lot to give Wales a greater confidence and sense […]

Come on Dave and Nick – stop the carping

Posted on 19 April 2010 | 9:04am

There really is something quite unpleasant seeing the two big parties take lumps off each other. Come on, Nick and David, this is so old politics. The public are crying out for something more elevated than all this yah-boo blue-orange, orange-blue carping. That’s why I was so pleased to hear that the party put third […]

Clegg rise good news for the campaign

Posted on 17 April 2010 | 10:04am

The rise in Lib Dem support since the TV debate is the best thing that can happen to this election. Oh ok, a sudden ten point rise for Labour, matched by a Tory slide, would have been better, but it was never likely, so this is a good second best. It means finally there is the […]

Clegg wins on style, Brown on substance, Cameron on shallowness

Posted on 16 April 2010 | 1:04am

As I do a fair bit of media-whacking, let me start my post-debate analysis with a few words of praise for Alastair Stewart. The ITV chair of the first leaders’ debate resisted the temptation to make himself a big part of the procedings and he moved events along at a good pace. As a TV […]