Tag: “Nick Clegg

Lansley’s been Spelmaned as Cameron does The Cameron – a new Cabinet language is born

Posted on 5 April 2011 | 9:04am

As health secretary Andrew Lansley stumbles through one of the most humiliating weeks of his career, at least his Cabinet colleague Caroline Spelman can boast her own little place in history as a result. The environment secretary is the first member of the coalition Cabinet to have become a verb … as in ‘Lansley’s just […]

‘I agree with David’ Clegg has disqualified himself from a place in TV debates next time

Posted on 25 March 2011 | 10:03am

As the Rebecca Black phenomenon develops (google or go on twitter if you have yet to catch up on this comical story of nowhere to somewhere fast) last night I asked for other examples of people who went from total obscurity to sudden constant twittertrending. Several people mentioned Nick Clegg and the impact he made […]

Britain least convinced of EU countries of need for massive cuts

Posted on 14 March 2011 | 11:03am

It says something for the insularity of the UK media that The Guardian makes such a big deal of the idea of special reports from our European neighbours. Too often, the editor rightly says, the countries of Europe are reported purely in terms of their relations with Britain. This was something of a bugbear of […]

Well done Dan Jarvis, and my latest litttle battle against the evil of the Mail

Posted on 4 March 2011 | 5:03pm

I’ve been away having laptop connection problems so apart from a couple of tweets I have not been able to congratulate Labour’s Dan Jarvis on his excellent by-election win. And yes, of course I knew Lord Sutch was dead when I tweeted asking where was he when he needed him? That was the point — […]

Cameron, Clegg, Hague and Fox could do with some basic lessons in government and politics

Posted on 25 February 2011 | 9:02am

My God they are still blessed, this Tory government. Can you even begin to imagine the hue and cry, the howling, raging, screeching tone of the papers and the tellybabblers if a Labour government’s handling of the Libyan crisis had been as inept as this? The Prime Minister wandering around the region spectacularly failing to […]

A few weeks trying to teach challenging kids makes me respect teachers even more

Posted on 19 February 2011 | 10:02am

March 2 sees the start of Jamie Oliver’s latest TV project, Dream School, in which he, I and other non-teachers try to teach 20 young people who have gone through the school system without success. The Times Weekend section today has a big piece on the Channel 4 programme, including interviews with actor Simon Callow, […]

Hezza signals discontent at lack of Cameron grip, but Osborne won’t U-turn yet

Posted on 18 February 2011 | 8:02am

I got back from Leicester in time to catch a bit of Question Time and was interested to see that the audience seemed mildly supportive of the government’s U-turn on the sell-off of forests. It was a very different reaction to the one I got at De Montfort University, where students seemed to go along […]

More power to Clegg on mental health agenda

Posted on 2 February 2011 | 9:02am

I have given Nick Clegg a mild (very mild) kicking in the Spectator diary this week, so may I say a few words of praise and thanks to the embattled deputy PM. If it is true that the government, at Clegg’s insistence, is intending to repeal section 141 of the Mental Health Act as part […]

By-election coverage still showing gap between media and public mood on governing parties

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 9:01am

Ladies and gentlemen, at the risk of appearing arrogant and boastful about my own considerable skills and experience in political strategy, may I take you back to my blog of January 2, headlined Both governing parties deserve to be punished for Tory by-election pull-out. ‘I know that we are into a new and different sort […]

Bankers get away with it – and Clegg says the coalition is working too well

Posted on 12 January 2011 | 8:01am

Nick Clegg talked the other day of how the bankers are living in a ‘parallel universe’ if they think they can get away with massive bonuses. Now, as the bankers prepare to get away with massive bonuses, it is Mr Clegg who appears to be living in a parallel universe when he says ‘Don’t forget […]