Tag: “Tony Blair

Oh dear, Mr Mitchell, you really don’t want the people looking after you offside you know

Posted on 21 September 2012 | 9:09am

Remember the launch of Labour’s manifesto in 2001? No? Ok, well if I say ‘do you remember John Prescott thumping the bloke with a mullet hair cut?’ and possibly ‘do you remember Sharon Storer, the woman who took Tony Blair to task outside a Birmingham hospital?’ you might recall it better. But there was a […]

Dear Mr Cameron: Please create a new Department for Sport and Olympics Legacy in reshuffle

Posted on 3 September 2012 | 6:09am

There are two big events going on this week, both of which will see people most Brits haven’t heard of till now being propelled to greater prominence. The first is the Paralympics and the day by day, hour by hour rollout of some of the most remarkable sporting and human endeavors of our time. The […]

London Olympics have redefined how we see ourselves and presented big opportunities for change

Posted on 12 August 2012 | 5:08am

Here is a piece CNN asked for on what I think will be the long term significance of the Olympics in London 2012. I always thought London 2012 would be a success but never imagined it would be quite the triumph it has turned out to be. From the brilliant opening ceremony to the festival […]

This is the time to take time for a major sports strategy, not rush out plans to meet the emotion of the moment

Posted on 11 August 2012 | 8:08am

These have been two great weeks, and this is an important moment for the country. But my heart sank this morning on hearing the Prime Minister is to make an announcement on school and elite sport. Not because the government should not be doing all it can to capitalise on the energy and positivity and […]

Forget the anti-politics politician stuff about Boris – we are witnessing a ruthless power play

Posted on 1 August 2012 | 2:08pm

As Boris Johnson charmingly and ruthlessly exploits the Olympics to build and extend his profile, he is beginning to remind me of another blonde charismatic Tory, namely Michael Heseltine. The more Boris protests that he is not seeking to undermine David Cameron, the more I am reminded of Hezza’s pitch when he was but publicly […]

The long and winding road to 2012 – and the turning point of a stack of handwritten letters to Tony Blair

Posted on 27 July 2012 | 10:07am

It was as a result of a mid morning phone call from Tessa Jowell that I went to my diaries for 2002 and 2003 and tweeted some of the key moments in the history of the Olympic Bid. She was calling from the athletes’ village, where she is staying for the duration of the Games […]

Wiggins’ win the start of a great British summer for sport – and the chance to rescue Olympics legacy

Posted on 22 July 2012 | 11:07am

Out this morning for a pre-Wiggo-triumph two-hour ride through small French towns and villages, I popped into a little bike shop to get a few bits and bobs. Bradley Wiggins’ yellow helmet took pride of place in the helmet stall. Black socks were doing better than usual. And despite the hefty price tag, the shop […]

IMF report another step towards the end of this unelected one-term Tory government

Posted on 20 July 2012 | 5:07am

TweedleGeorge and TweedleDanny were out the other day, dressed in G4S style security jackets, announcing a bit of infrastructure spending. TweedleDanny appeared to have lost the power of speech, but he had retained the power of head movement and was nodding earnestly as TweedleGeorge explained how the difficult decisions taken by the coalition had made […]

After a period of silence, an omniblog on Dave-George-Vince omnishambles, Ed and TB, and Bank of Dave

Posted on 13 July 2012 | 8:07am

One of the nice things about writing your own blog, rather than a newspaper column, is that you can write what you want when you want, and not be driven by the agenda or deadlines of others. So when you’re a bit overbusy, and a bit over-tired, as I have been in the last few […]

Cameron should take a greater interest in N Ireland – time Robinson and McGuinness were invited to country supper

Posted on 29 June 2012 | 8:06am

It used to raise a few eyebrows when I said ‘I really like Martin McGuinness’, but now that The Queen has shaken him by the hand, with a big smile across her face, I feel less isolated in my view. He certainly did a few bad things in his time, and even if The Queen […]