Tag: “Tony Blair

Cameron’s woes a mix of out of touchness and media revenge re Leveson

Posted on 1 April 2012 | 11:04am

I resisted the many requests from Sunday newspapers to offer crisis comms advice to Number 10 as a combination of granny tax, tax cuts for the rich, pasties, petrol panic and a Tory funding scandal combine to give the government a fairly choppy period. Partly this was because I remember once spotting Bernard Ingham, Maggie’s […]

I don’t criticise Cameron for his handling of failed hostage rescue mission

Posted on 9 March 2012 | 5:03pm

I just did a short interview on Five Live on the fall-out (literally in the case of relations between Britain and Italy) from the failed attempt to rescue two hostages in Nigeria. I was preceded by an Italian politician who was venting her spleen at David Cameron’s failure to consult his Italian opposite number until […]

Is Nick Clegg already playing Prescott to Dave and George’s TB-GB?

Posted on 6 March 2012 | 7:03am

I got in last night to catch sight of Nick Clegg talking about child benefit on the news. Now I didn’t see the start of the report, but if I read the words and body language right, I thought that rather than agitating as the Lib Dem leader in advance of the Budget, he was […]

Francois Hollande could be the beneficiary of Merkel-Sarko election pact

Posted on 30 January 2012 | 9:01am

Yes that was me tweeting in German last night, digging into my modern languages education to remember all I could, and surprised how much that was. Truth is, as I am about to say to a conference in Berlin when I speak in English, French is the dominant foreign language in my head, and when […]

At long last Europe’s leaders realise youth unemployment has to be top of the agenda

Posted on 29 January 2012 | 12:01pm

Endlich, enfin, AT BLOODY LAST … Europe’s leaders are starting to realise that they might have to do something beyond enjoying the scenery in Davos to address the problem of youth unemployment. This morning’s Observer leads on the raising of jobs and the young to the top of the agenda for the upcoming EU summit. […]

Letter to a friend, and a report of Philip Gould’s funeral

Posted on 16 November 2011 | 9:11am

If anyone has had enough of my tributes to Philip Gould, I will not be offended if you surf immediately to another website. But I feel I should say something about his funeral yesterday, where a packed All Saints church in London W1 said farewell to one of the key architects of New Labour, and […]

Clegg needs to be challenged on Tory scam to take millions off electoral register

Posted on 17 September 2011 | 9:09am

As the Liberal Democrats prepare for their conference, I hope enough of them will be tugged by the Democrat side of the equation to make an issue of the government’s preparations for the planned boundary changes. I refer not simply to the redrawing of boundaries, loaded though this is in favour of the Tories, but […]

Remembering September 11

Posted on 11 September 2011 | 7:09am

September 11 2001 was without doubt one of the most extraordinary of the many remarkable days I spent with Tony Blair. I’ve printed below my diary entry for that day. Within it, I make the point that in the face of terrorist attacks, world leaders like to say these events will not make them change […]

Let’s hope Cameron and Osborne read and heed Heseltine’s lesson in The Times

Posted on 23 August 2011 | 9:08am

Michael Heseltine has personal wealth, and a lifestyle, that is far removed from the vast bulk of people living in Britain’s inner cities, let alone those who took part in the riots. He spends his working life flitting in the back of a car between a beautiful home in Belgravia, and an even more beautiful […]

Cameron’s ‘Broken Britain’ is a great slogan – for Britain’s competitors

Posted on 21 August 2011 | 2:08pm

Even though I thought it was nonsense at the time, I did understand why David Cameron used to drone on about Broken Britain in Opposition. He was trying to make the most of social and economic problems in the pursuit of inflicting political damage upon the Labour government. Though he failed to win the election, […]