Tag: “Tony Blair

The Ed-Ed dynamic now key to Labour success; and how George Osborne is sleeping less easily

Posted on 21 January 2011 | 9:01am

Ed Miliband made much during the Labour leadership election of saying we had to ‘learn the lessons’ of why we lost power. Correct. However, we must also learn the lessons of why we won power, and won three general elections, among them the understanding that most people live their lives on or close to the […]

Five great books on leadership, and a line on the NHS reforms

Posted on 18 January 2011 | 12:01pm

Thanks to those who agreed with some (in one case all) of my choices of five books on Mariella Frostrups’ Open Book programme, which is repeated on Radio 4 at 4pm on Thursday. They were This Sporting Life by David Storey, Madame Bovary by Flaubert, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, Alone in Berlin […]

Iraq certainly, but Northern Ireland and Kosovo big parts of Blair legacy

Posted on 15 January 2011 | 12:01pm

As I said yesterday, it is not easy to edit a third of a million words down to a couple of double page newspaper spreads. So I am not at all critical of The Guardian for the choices  they have made in running extracts of the second volume of my diairies. Part one today focuses […]

On the extracts from my diaries (97-99) in tomorrow’s Guardian

Posted on 14 January 2011 | 3:01pm

The Guardian asked me to plug their paper for the morning .. so dear readers, go out and get The Guardian tomorrow. Done. Despite it being a Lib Dem paper, I chose The Guardian to run extracts from volume 2 of my diaires, Power and the People, which is out on Thursday, and orderable on […]

Davos should send fact-finding mission to Nottingham to end women drought

Posted on 13 January 2011 | 9:01am

I’ve only been to Davos once, with the then PM TB, and can’t say I enjoyed it much. All a bit ‘look how important I am, I’m at Davos,’ and all a bit gigantic cocktail party full of people looking over shoulders to see if anyone more important is looming in the middle distance. Even […]

In staying above the fray, Cameron is more regal than Prime Ministerial

Posted on 20 December 2010 | 12:12pm

I can’t help thinking that if Tony Blair or Gordon Brown were Prime Minister, there would by now have been a media and/or political outcry about their seeming lack of interest or involvement in the weather situation. You have to have a lot of qualities to get to be PM, and even more to stay […]

First Clegg, now councils, act as Cameron’s lightning rods

Posted on 14 December 2010 | 8:12am

The Tories (ie the government) will be feeling pleased enough with the spin operation surrounding the cuts to local authorities. The media were buying enough ‘power to the people’ (sic) to dilute the real impact of yesterday’s announcement, namely a savaging of services which local authorities provide and on which many people depend. But just […]

Great to see, feel and hear normality in Northern Ireland

Posted on 1 December 2010 | 7:12am

To Belfast last night to speak at the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce President’s dinner. Cold outside, like everywhere else in the country. Lots of worries about the Irish economic crisis, as everywhere else in Europe. Lots of uncertainty about the future, as everywhere in the world. But what struck me above all was the […]

Great to see sports stars telling Cameron the truth on school sport axe

Posted on 30 November 2010 | 10:11am

Flying into Heathrow at the weekend, I was struck once more by the beauty and the power to inspire of the nascent Olympic stadium. If it can do that now, a year and a half ahead of the event, imagine what it will feel like to be an athlete flying in from overseas in the […]

Notes on George Bush’s book

Posted on 20 November 2010 | 8:11am

As some of you may have seen, I reviewed George Bush’s book, Decision Points, for The Guardian. Both for those of you tempted to read the book, and those who are not, I thought it might be helpful to put up here the notes I tapped on my blackberry as I was going through it. […]