Category: “Media

In defence of politics – a lecture worth reading, from a rather lonely voice

Posted on 17 June 2011 | 10:06am

Welcome to what is surely the longest blogpost put up here since I started blogging some time ago. It certainly has the longest paragraphs, but bear with me – that’s what happens when you get academics involved. The academic in question is a politics professor from Sheffield University, Matt Flinders. I met him for the […]

On Osborne’s speech, Peston’s tie, and Labour’s need to unpick Tory argument on the past

Posted on 16 June 2011 | 7:06am

The noise surrounding it would suggest George Osborne made an important speech last night. Northern Rock sell-off and banking reform seemed to take most of the coverage, big ticket items both. So for once I was keen to see the news and hoped to hear a little of what the Chancellor said. To be fair […]

A figure from our past emerges to tell a wonderful Titanic tale

Posted on 14 June 2011 | 6:06am

A long time ago a man named Christopher Ward became a very important person in my life. I have often thought that if my meeting with him 30-odd years ago had not gone so well, I might never have become a Daily Mirror trainee journalist, and so I might never have met Fiona. If I […]

John Prescott’s spat with Sunday Times underlines extent of made up anonymous quotes in papers

Posted on 13 June 2011 | 8:06am

Good to see that John Prescott has lost none of his old fire, and none of his new ability to use social media to get heard. His extraction via twitter of an apology from the Sunday Times over a quote, which he rightly says was used to justify the paper’s headline about ‘big beasts’ mauling […]

Twitterbanter with Piers apart, the Jonathan Rees questions will have to be answered

Posted on 12 June 2011 | 6:06pm

Whether people agree or disagree with what the Blair government did with regard to Iraq, I don’t think anyone can say we have not answered questions on the subject. In addition to the four inquiries to which I have testified, I have been asked about the subject in hundreds if not thousands of interviews and […]

Osborne will love today’s IMF headlines, but HATE the piece comparing him with GB

Posted on 7 June 2011 | 8:06am

I claim no special insight into, or influence over, George Osborne. It was interesting however to note that within a day or two of my suggesting here that he needed to step up the communication of his economic Plan A, our relatively low profile Chancellor went on what by his standards may be termed a […]

Why Max Clifford hates David Cameron, why Wayne Rooney’s callgirl likes me, and why Mark Lawson is right about culture

Posted on 30 May 2011 | 12:05pm

I hope I’m not giving away Nicky Campbell’s trade secrets when I reveal that yesterday’s BBC Big Questions about the existence or otherwise of heaven was recorded live, and next week’s about the press was recorded immediately afterwards. I know, as the saying goes, because I was there. Trade Secret 2 . . the panellists […]

In conversation with the MP who used Parliamentary privilege to out Ryan Giggs

Posted on 28 May 2011 | 10:05am

There is only one show in town today, namely the Champions League Final, so if you will forgive the pre-match laziness, this blogpost consists merely of a cut and paste of the conversation I had with Lib Dem MP John Hemming, edited highlights of which are in The Guardian today. We didn’t actually meet, but […]

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 […]

Media’s lack of focus on phone-hacking exposes their real agenda – sex and celebs

Posted on 24 May 2011 | 10:05am

Apart from the occasional passing reference, there was next to no mention yesterday of the issue of illegal phone-hacking by newspapers. This should not surprise anyone. With the exception of The Guardian, newspapers have tended to leave the story of systematic illegal activity by The News of the World well alone, for reasons likely to […]