Tag: “Nick Clegg

Government moving to sensible (Labour) policy on immigration. Ok on pension age too

Posted on 25 June 2010 | 4:06pm

This coalition malarkey is proving to be even more consensual than we thought. It now appears that whatever immigration policy people voted for, what they are probably going to get is neither the one the Tories campaigned on, nor the Lib Dems’, but Labour’s. Business appears to have won the argument that the Tories’ idea […]

In Berlin: on football fever and Cleggmania RIP

Posted on 24 June 2010 | 3:06pm

Breakfast in London, lunch in Berlin, so a chance to read the Fussball-mood now that England and Germany are drawn together in the last 16 of the World Cup. On yesterday’s outings, you would have to give it to Germany if football was the only judgement. Their win over  Ghana was one of the fastest, […]

Osborne on message, Harriet on form, Clegg on nodding dog duty

Posted on 22 June 2010 | 3:06pm

You may remember during the election that I was somewhat dubious about Labour targeting George Osborne as the Tories’ ‘weakest link’. What you saw today was a right-wing Tory Chancellor setting out, with considerable confidence, a major package of measures that fit with his right-wing Tory view of the world. Nick Clegg may be deputy […]

So the Lib Dems never believed what they said at election!

Posted on 19 June 2010 | 1:06pm

Even though he was a bit grudging in his review of Prelude to Power (aka ‘perfect Father’s Day gift’ according to some publicist via some twitterer called @campbellclaret) George Parker of the FT remains a political journalist I don’t mind reading (this is high praise in my lexicon of judgements on political journalists). In his […]

Skirts of coalition strategy showing too much

Posted on 18 June 2010 | 9:06am

I know the new Tory-Lib boys and girls think they are the new masters of the universe, and with a tame media blowing wind into their sails, they are enjoying being in government, and to some extent nobody will blame them for that. But might I humbly suggest they are letting the skirts of their […]

Great time at Grassington but things could get sticky for Clegg

Posted on 16 June 2010 | 1:06pm

Had a very nice evening at the Grassington Festival. Lovely little place, home of the legendary Calendar Girls, and surrounded by some of the most fabulous scenery on earth. For a small place, they put on a terrific festival of arts and music. Good crowd last night, market forces failed in that the organisers sold […]

Even at Queen’s, I’m thinking big ideas for George and Danny

Posted on 11 June 2010 | 7:06pm

Dear George and Danny, Apologies for being a bit late in the day with this but what with the World Cup and a trip to Queen’s to see the big guys fall, sport came ahead of my attempts to help you cut public spending. However, as luck would have it, and as I am always […]

Helping George and Danny with cuts: Part 2

Posted on 10 June 2010 | 2:06pm

Dear George and Danny, I trust you have been busy getting on with looking at the idea of ending charitable status for private schools, and so have not had time to reply to my letter on the subject posted here yesterday. No offence taken, and I will continue to ‘engage’ (Danny … you don’t need […]

Cameron/Clegg will be regretting their expenses sanctimoniousness

Posted on 30 May 2010 | 10:05am

Am about to leave for the Beeb to do my first broadcast interview on Prelude to Power, with Jon Sopel on The Politics Show. So just a quick word or two on the David Laws fallout. As I tweeted last night, I feel some personal sympathy for Laws, (which didn’t go down well with my […]

Osborne has Lib Dems pretty much where he wants them

Posted on 24 May 2010 | 11:05am

When George Osborne announced the first public spending cuts today, he did at least have a mandate of sorts. While some of the detail may differ from the ‘efficiency savings’ claimed during the election to be able to deliver six billion pounds, he had been pretty clear about direction of travel, and though he did not get a Parliamentary […]