Tag: “Tony Blair

On the rebirth of political memoirs – reprinted from The Bookseller

Posted on 19 November 2010 | 3:11pm

Well, we’re having a right old book day are we not. Bad Sex Awards pitch this morning (I liked the line from journalist John Rentoul that it was ‘triple bluff’) and now I offer you the article I penned for the latest issue of The Bookseller, on the subject of political books. Though it is […]

A night of celebration of the life of Michael Foot

Posted on 9 November 2010 | 6:11pm

I hope you don’t mind me reprinting in full here the comment posted by Jacquie Reed on the blog I did earlier about the coalition cutting off their noses to spite their faces by cutting government spending which is shown to have generated investment. And I hope she doesn’t mind me saying it is for […]

If Boris Johnson’s Kosovo analogy was planned, then Cameron has a problem

Posted on 28 October 2010 | 12:10pm

You can never quite tell with Boris Johnson whether what comes out of his mouth is planned or wholly accidental. That he has some concerns about the coalition government’s planned changes to housing benefit is already known. But to put the changes, and their potential impact, into the same breath as ‘Kosovo-style social cleansing’ goes […]

Hoping to race to Number 1 in the Chinese bestsellers’ list

Posted on 17 October 2010 | 8:10am

What with fundraisers, festivals, speeches, interviews, inquiries, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, not to mention life on websites, twitter, Facebook and the like, I spend a lot of my time answering questions. Which means it is quite rare to be asked a question I have never been asked before. So many thanks to a man called […]

PMQs matter and Ed’s good start matters too

Posted on 14 October 2010 | 12:10pm

(A technical wizard has somehow found the blog that flew into the ether as I was heading to make a speech and present manufacturing industry awards in Ironbridge … here it is) TB’s book got a fresh wave of publicity yesterday with several of the telly people reading out his colourful description of the nightmare of […]

A fascinating day with ‘challenging’ kids

Posted on 2 October 2010 | 7:10am

Had a fascinating time yesterday, my first day as part of an education experiment. I was teaching a group of ‘challenging’ teenagers who have gone through the school system without overly troubling the GCSE scorers, and who have been brought together to see whether ‘inspiring, passionate, achieving’ people (why thank you experiment organisers) can turn […]

Ed should try to ignore the noise and paint his own picture

Posted on 26 September 2010 | 7:09am

It is not usual for me to kick off with words of praise for Nick Robinson and Tom Bradby, but both require a little for their commentary around the election of Ed Miliband as Labour leader yesterday. As the breathless anchors were pressing for the definitive soundbite assessment of Ed’s narrow win, both the BBC […]

Not sexist to say there are more exceptional men than women

Posted on 23 September 2010 | 10:09am

I did a speech last night listing my 12 most exceptional people around today. Only two women among them. Sexist, said some. Not so, say I.

Special relationship not very special film

Posted on 18 September 2010 | 8:09am

‘The Special Relationship’ goes out tonight, and in the build-up publicity, the promoters, as with The Deal and The Queen, have been keen to talk up how much research they did, and therefore how historically accurate it is. I would love to see the ‘research’ papers. As it’s going out on BBC2, perhaps someone could […]

Piers’ and Cameron’s potshots at TB beneath two such ‘giants’

Posted on 12 September 2010 | 12:09pm

You’ve really got to love Piers Morgan … Oh ok, you don’t, and I realised even as I was typing the words that ‘you’ve really got to love Piers Morgan’ can take its place among the more idiotic orders that have appeared here. But back when I was training on the Mirror we were taught […]