Tag: “Nick Clegg

Cameron’s new NHS position leaves health professionals more confused than ever

Posted on 8 June 2011 | 12:06pm

There was a fascinating discussion on Newsnight of the latest twist in the tale of David Cameron and the NHS last night. On one side of Jeremy Paxman sat Nick Clegg’s chief of staff, Norman Lamb, and a Tory MP I had never seen before but who was clearly on the right of his Party. […]

Why Max Clifford hates David Cameron, why Wayne Rooney’s callgirl likes me, and why Mark Lawson is right about culture

Posted on 30 May 2011 | 12:05pm

I hope I’m not giving away Nicky Campbell’s trade secrets when I reveal that yesterday’s BBC Big Questions about the existence or otherwise of heaven was recorded live, and next week’s about the press was recorded immediately afterwards. I know, as the saying goes, because I was there. Trade Secret 2 . . the panellists […]

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 both main planks of strategy, political and economic, coalition is misfiring

Posted on 12 May 2011 | 8:05am

To return to one of my favourite themes … David Cameron didn’t win the election because he lacked strategic clarity. The public gave it to him – make a coalition work and sort out the economy. That sense of shared purpose is dissipating quickly. Just one year from the Rose Garden civic partnership ceremony, Nick […]

Public will tire very quickly of coalition emotionalism. They should learn from downside of TB-GBery

Posted on 10 May 2011 | 6:05am

One of the most debilitating aspects of divisions in government is the emotional energy they absorb. Whilst I can and regularly do make the case that between them Tony Blair and Gordon Brown achieved a huge amount together, and whilst I can equally make the case that when Peter Mandelson and I were working together […]

Secret sympathy for Clegg opens my mind to viewing AV on merits – which means voting Yes

Posted on 3 May 2011 | 4:05pm

Fiona and I discovered almost simultaneously on Sunday that we were thinking and feeling the same thing. It is a thought and a feeling that dare not speak its name, other than in the confined circumstances of a close and long-standing relationship like ours. I cannot remember which one of us said it first, but […]

Cameron’s ‘calm down dear’ Flashman moment was a flash of his vulnerability on the NHS

Posted on 28 April 2011 | 7:04am

I think enough has probably already been said and written about David Cameron’s latest Flashman moment, though I’m sure Michael Winner was dead chuffed to be trending on twitter alongside the Labour MP to whom the PM directed his ‘calm down dear’ jibe. Have to confess I didn’t realise this was a Winnerism. It was […]

Sad to say, Cameron has Clegg exactly where he wants him

Posted on 24 April 2011 | 11:04am

Such is the negative prism through which Nick Clegg is now seen that people are highly suspicious about his sudden pre-local elections, pre-AV referendum attacks upon David Cameron. It is all a bit too neat after all the chummy-chummy cosiness that is one of the reasons he has gone from hero to zero in the […]

Help write my speech for the RCN conference with egs of frontline cuts to mental health services

Posted on 11 April 2011 | 2:04pm

Another fabulous day weather wise, spent so far sorting out a contract on an overseas speaking engagement; doing an interview with Andy Gray and Richard Keys on their new Talksport show; recording the voice over for a little film on Ian Botham’s charity exploits at Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research; going for a painfully slow run […]

Clegg cutting across Cameron message but in being out of touch they are united

Posted on 6 April 2011 | 1:04pm

If anything underlined the hero to zero journey made by poor old Nick Clegg, it is the furore over his intervention yesterday about internships. It must have seemed so obvious to Clegg and his political comms team . . He has to find ways of differentiating himself from the Tories. Hence his foolish and inaccurate […]