Tag: “Ed Miliband

One big bad bold move … and Osborne’s star falls so far so fast

Posted on 27 May 2012 | 11:05am

A few months ago, George Osborne, in the eyes of many of his MPs and much of the media, could do no wrong. He was not just the Chancellor presiding over a bold plan to cure all known economic ills in a single term. He was also the party strategist whose economic and political mastery […]

Game on, and if Tories think this is about communications, the game is definitely winnable for Labour

Posted on 4 May 2012 | 9:05am

I hope someone at Tory Central Office is minting a medal for Michael Fallon, the MP who so gamely trots from studio to studio defending whatever Cameron-Osborne shambles happens to be trending at the time. But last night, as he sat with others waiting for election results to come in, there came a little sign […]

News agenda still tending to suit the Tories

Posted on 27 March 2012 | 12:03pm

Just caught the BBC TV news headlines. Lead story new planning rules being brought in by the government. Second story a rise in the cost of stamps. So neither of them particularly good stories for the government; the first will lead to lots of angst among countryside campaigners, not to mention NIMBYism; the second will […]

The politics of the Budget are clear – and the holes are becoming clearer too

Posted on 21 March 2012 | 2:03pm

If the frontbench had accepted Ed Miliband’s invitation to raise their hands if they were going to be better off as a result of the Budget, we’d have seen an awful lot of fingers in the air. I understand why instead they squirmed and, in George Osborne’s case, sank a little deeper into the green […]

Bit of a whiff developing around the Gove email saga

Posted on 3 March 2012 | 11:03am

Michael Gove looked like a naughty boy caught with his hand in the sweet jar when Ed Miliband quizzed the Prime Minister about the Schools Secretary’s ill-judged running commentary on the Leveson Inquiry. I have a hunch it is a look that will become familiar to us as the press (or at least those parts […]

So Sir Fred loses his K? So what? Is that to be the only reckoning of the banking disaster?

Posted on 1 February 2012 | 3:02pm

I’m not sure what to make of this Sir and now not so Sir Fred Goodwin. He was clearly up to all sorts that he shouldn’t have been and RBS became a disaster area under his tenure, for which we are all still paying a price. But it wasn’t the only disaster area. And he […]

The Time to Change campaign needs politicians as well as sports stars to open up about depression

Posted on 15 January 2012 | 1:01pm

My last blog was about depression and sport. I make no apology for returning to the theme today, inspired by going on twitter to see how Ed Miliband’s interview with Andrew Marr was going down – mixed (I thought he did well) – and seeing that Dean Windass was trending. I suspect a fair few […]

With the right-wing media kicking Ed, ‘Blairite zombie’ conspiracy theories from the left don’t exactly help him

Posted on 11 January 2012 | 11:01am

So as expected, Ed Miliband’s speech got the thumbs down from most of the broadcasters yesterday. The mood around the Labour leader has been a good illustration of how the modern media works, and why the right-wing press continues to have a disproportionate influence on public life. Pretty much since he became leader, and certainly […]

Ed Miliband’s message is striking a chord amid all the media negativity re him as message-carrier

Posted on 10 January 2012 | 9:01am

Today’s Financial Times has a full page ad (and a right-hand page 7 at that) for the Business in the Community awards. Down at the bottom of the page are a number of companies and their logos. The companies, corporate sponsors, presumably shelled out for the ad and thus have their little place above the […]

Maybe you needed to be there, but I can’t quite see why Cameron got such rave TV reviews for his brothers crack

Posted on 15 December 2011 | 9:12am

Perhaps you needed to be there. But based on the clips I saw on the news, I cannot quite see why the broadcasters seemed to decide  as one that Ed Miliband had a disastrous PMQs yesterday. The papers do not seem to share the view that this was a seismic event. On one bulletin, I […]