Tag: “Tony Blair

Saatchi and Saatchi and my part in their piss-up

Posted on 10 September 2010 | 8:09am

I enjoyed seeing Maggie and her ministers at the Saatchis’ bash last night, but Labour strategist Philip Gould seemed the most on the ball about where politics may be heading.

A gentle castigation of TB from my mental health friends

Posted on 3 September 2010 | 9:09am

My mental health campaign friends are not best pleased with TB’s ‘two types of crazy people’ reference in his book.

Q and A on TB’s book for La Repubblica

Posted on 2 September 2010 | 2:09pm

Italian newspaper La Repubblica interviewed me on the TB book yesterday. It runs in today’s paper. English version below in full

Torybashing in abeyance – best wishes to William and Ffion Hague

Posted on 2 September 2010 | 9:09am

I’ve always had a bit more time for William Hague than some of the other Tory leaders TB saw off during his leadership of the Labour Party. John Major could never forgive Tony for beating him and likes to think it was all done by spin rather than a leader of real drive and substance; Michael […]

Marr right that TB book like no other prime ministerial memoir

Posted on 1 September 2010 | 9:09am

Fair play to Andrew Marr for giving a more rounded view of Tony Blair’s book than will come over from the screaming headlines. What is coming through from the small number of people who have actually read the book is a sense of its richness, its capacity to surprise, its candour and breadth. Though A […]

Hatred of TB re his book is a form of media madness

Posted on 31 August 2010 | 11:08am

Every British Prime Minister I can think of has written his or (in one case only) her memoirs. None have provoked quite the pre-publication antagonism generated in advance of Tony Blair’s autobiography, A Journey, which is out tomorrow. Stand back from the venom for one moment, and ask yourself: would it not be rather odd […]

Cameron’s views on Labour leadership might be worth heeding

Posted on 29 August 2010 | 4:08pm

Cameron reportedly wants Ed Miliband as Labour leader. Black propaganda, or a genuine view born of thinking the situation through? I think the latter

Media blackout on TB Kosovo trip says more about them than him

Posted on 10 July 2010 | 5:07am

A week ago, I was at the Swift Festival in Trim, Co Meath, where, as I blogged at the time, journalist John Waters interviewed me in front of a good crowd of Irish politicians, thinkers, journalists and otherwise generally very nice people. John became the latest in a long line of journalists to make the […]

Time for all the Labour contenders to pile in

Posted on 21 June 2010 | 12:06pm

When John Major put himself up for re-election as Tory leader, whilst still a serving PM, it was on one hand an act of desperation, but on the other a chance for him and his Party to show they had a bit of fight left in them. As Prelude to Power records, TB and I […]

Cameron right to go to Cumbria

Posted on 4 June 2010 | 2:06pm

There are a few grumbles online about David Cameron and Teresa May hotfooting it to Cumbria to meet victims and emergency services who dealt with the terrible tragedy there. But I think the visit is both understandable and right. Yes, some police resources will have to be diverted to look after them, but not much. […]