Tag: “Tony Blair

On Cheryl, Cameron’s kitchen and why Obama rebuffed Osborne’s plans on the deficit

Posted on 26 May 2011 | 8:05am

I am hoping the sound of helicopters above means the President is on his way to France, able to escape Britain before he and the Prime Minister get asked about what Cheryl Cole’s exit from American X Factor says about the special-essential relationship. Be in no doubt – had the departure of the People’s Panellist […]

Public want more variety and less monoprism than media gives them – a despatch from Fowey

Posted on 18 May 2011 | 1:05pm

To remind you of another Rule One of communications – never confuse media opinion with public opinion. And Rule 1a – always expect better, more interesting and more varied questions from the public. If ever I do a media interview these days there will usually come a point where the journalist shifts in his chair, […]

Public will tire very quickly of coalition emotionalism. They should learn from downside of TB-GBery

Posted on 10 May 2011 | 6:05am

One of the most debilitating aspects of divisions in government is the emotional energy they absorb. Whilst I can and regularly do make the case that between them Tony Blair and Gordon Brown achieved a huge amount together, and whilst I can equally make the case that when Peter Mandelson and I were working together […]

The Sun-SNP dance is about helping Cameron not Salmond, or Scotland

Posted on 8 April 2011 | 8:04am

There is a very interesting little dance taking place in Scotland at the moment between Alex Salmond’s SNP and Rupert Murdoch’s Sun. Not obvious bedfellows you might think, but it looks increasingly likely the Sun will come out for the Nationalists, or certainly personally endorse Salmond, in advance of the Scottish elections next month. The […]

Memo to Cameron: don’t listen to media on reshuffle; don’t sack Ken Clarke; and ta for Dream School visit

Posted on 7 April 2011 | 1:04pm

I have read in several places in recent days that David Cameron is ‘under mounting pressure’ to conduct a Cabinet reshuffle. ‘Under mounting pressure’ is one of the many dozens of phrases which rarely emerge from the mouths of real people, but regularly appear in print. Real people tend to speak of ‘pressure’ or, if […]

‘I agree with David’ Clegg has disqualified himself from a place in TV debates next time

Posted on 25 March 2011 | 10:03am

As the Rebecca Black phenomenon develops (google or go on twitter if you have yet to catch up on this comical story of nowhere to somewhere fast) last night I asked for other examples of people who went from total obscurity to sudden constant twittertrending. Several people mentioned Nick Clegg and the impact he made […]

Farewell to the Grid Man

Wed 23 Mar 2011

Operation Get-a-Grip – hilarious to see Cameron going back to Blairite centralisation

Posted on 20 February 2011 | 6:02pm

David Cameron was always quite fond of criticising the centralising Number 10 system which operated under Tony Blair. So it is highly amusing to watch him steadily shift towards the kind of centralising Number 10 system which operated under Tony Blair. He appears to be realising that whilst it is all well and good in […]

A few weeks trying to teach challenging kids makes me respect teachers even more

Posted on 19 February 2011 | 10:02am

March 2 sees the start of Jamie Oliver’s latest TV project, Dream School, in which he, I and other non-teachers try to teach 20 young people who have gone through the school system without success. The Times Weekend section today has a big piece on the Channel 4 programme, including interviews with actor Simon Callow, […]

Long live Nelson Mandela

Posted on 28 January 2011 | 10:01am

As visitors to my home know, I never went a bundle on getting myself photographed with the powerful people I met and worked with. I sometimes wish I had, not least when we were trying to get decent photos to go with my diaries. I have plenty with Presidents Clinton and Bush, because US Presidents […]