Category: “Media

Life beyond Dover …

Posted on 20 March 2009 | 10:03am

The day started with an interview about TB and God for Nick Ferrari on LBC following Tony’s piece in the New Statesman. Perfectly good discussion, no problem at all, and I let pass the line in Nick’s intro about people’s faith in politicians collapsing ‘almost on a daily basis.’ But actually, given how politics and […]

My friends in The New Statesman – Fergie, Fiona, Tony, Sarah, Kevin, ‘Dacre,’ and a great GB idea for the G20

Posted on 18 March 2009 | 10:03am

As you may have seen both online and in some of the papers today, Alex Ferguson is the front cover of my one-off issue of the New Statesman and inside is a long chat about football, politics, leadership and a fascinating insight into his life and his mind. TV viewers will know that Alex does not open […]

The pressure of being a post-modern sex god

Posted on 14 March 2009 | 10:03am

So off to another Burnley home game. I had honestly (sic) been thinking I would stay home, wash the car, trim the edges of the lawn, help pick new fabrics for the worn sofa, maybe bake a cake and read all the reviews of Fiona’s book and their focus on my inability (sic) to load […]

Cameron still hasn’t sealed the deal with business

Posted on 13 March 2009 | 9:03am

Last night I was speaking in Nottingham and was advised to ‘keep it short and funny’ by one of the organisers.  I did my best but it was a long way to go for a Monty Python sketch so I did 20 minutes, fifteen of them moderately amusing anecdotes about people as varied as TB, […]

Stand up for social workers

Posted on 12 March 2009 | 8:03am

I sometimes go on about how Labour politicians tend only to get covered through a negative media prism. But they have it easy compared with social workers, again in the spotlight with the publication of the Laming Review which followed the Baby P disaster. Of course when something so dreadful happens, it is right to […]

Surely Malcolm Tucker could have told Armando Ianucci … You can’t spin a spinner

Posted on 11 March 2009 | 10:03am

Perhaps I was wrong to twitter yesterday that I was about to sit down and watch a special screening of In The Loop, Armando Ianucci’s feature film based on his successful and often very funny TV programme, The Thick of It, but expanded into the story of the US-UK relationship in the run up to […]

Private advice to Peggy Mitchell – the leaked note in full

Posted on 7 March 2009 | 8:03am

I knew politics was sometimes dirty, but I cannot believe what has happened. Some dastardly sort has leaked to The Sun a private note I wrote to Peggy Mitchell as she continues her campaign for election to Walford Borough Council. An edited version appears on Page 8 of the paper today.  There has to be […]

Boris, the Tories and the tummy-tickling poodle press

Posted on 6 March 2009 | 9:03am

Imagine that Mayor Ken Livinsgtone had been in contact with, and made odd public comments about, a Labour MP at the centre of a police investigation? Imagine that this had led to an inquiry which, whilst saying Mr Livingstone was not in breach of the rules of the Greater London Authority and the Metropolitan Police […]

A day in the life of the self-obsessed TV reporter

Posted on 5 March 2009 | 7:03am

If anyone wants a good illustration of the utter self-obsession of the modern TV journalist, they need look no further than the sad spectacle of Adam Boulton rebutting a JP blog from outside the White House. I mean, with all due respect to JP, whom I love dearly, did the Sky reporter not have better things […]

She may be my ‘wife’ but it is time to rebut!

Posted on 3 March 2009 | 10:03am

I knew something was up when I got a rash of texts about dishwashers yesterday late morning. I was working on a speech at the time, so pushed the phone to one side and ignored them. Then, out on my bike in the afternoon, a fellow cyclist overtaking me in Regent’s Park (an increasingly frequent […]