Tag: “Ed Miliband

Sunday papers show Cameron, Yates, Murdoch and Mail still don’t really get it

Posted on 10 July 2011 | 8:07am

With my usual thanks to the Labour Party media monitoring department for their excellent summary of the press, a few points before I settle down to a cup of coffee in front of Ed Miliband on Andrew Marr. First, to anyone who thinks David Cameron and (most of) the Tories still don’t get it, take […]

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 […]

With Big Society and NHS reforms in trouble, Cameron keeps press on side with superinjunctions support

Posted on 23 May 2011 | 8:05am

With his Big Society still no clearer now than it was when he first coined the phrase to distance himself from Mrs Thatcher, with his NHS reforms now so confused that he may have to start the legislative process all over again, David Cameron continues to do a good job at keeping secret from people […]

If growth benefits only the rich, politics will get very interesting

Posted on 22 May 2011 | 10:05am

An interesting and thoughtful piece from Gavin Kelly in The Observer. You can read the whole article at the bottom of this post, but the basic point is that there has been something of a collapse in living standards for what Ed Miliband, Gavin’s former colleague in the Gordon Brown team, calls the squeezed middle, […]

At our best when at our most optimistic about the future – Ed Miliband’s speech has makings of a strategy

Posted on 21 May 2011 | 9:05am

What with Twitter and superinjunctions (oh how the media love a story about the media) and the resurgence of Old Etonians in Who’s Who, there is no room for Ed Miliband on the front page of The Guardian. There is not that much room on the comment pages either, a single column beneath a headline […]

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, […]

Amid all the wedding excitement, I hope Ed Miliband sees Howard Stoate’s piece in The Guardian

Posted on 29 April 2011 | 8:04am

I know Ed Miliband has other things to do today, what with being, unlike TB and GB, at the wedding … (I’m loving Huw Edwards getting excited about the dress) … but I do hope he sees the response by Howard Stoate to David Cameron’s ‘calm down dear’ moment. Stoate, a qualified GP, is the […]

Cameron’s ‘calm down dear’ Flashman moment was a flash of his vulnerability on the NHS

Posted on 28 April 2011 | 7:04am

I think enough has probably already been said and written about David Cameron’s latest Flashman moment, though I’m sure Michael Winner was dead chuffed to be trending on twitter alongside the Labour MP to whom the PM directed his ‘calm down dear’ jibe. Have to confess I didn’t realise this was a Winnerism. It was […]

Big Society relaunch – mais on ne peut pas polir un turd

Posted on 13 February 2011 | 9:02am

Oh dear … poor old Dave has decided not only that he needs a ‘relaunch’ for his ‘Big Idea’, the ‘Big Society.’ … but he is seemingly of the view that the problem is not the policy, it is that ‘we are not communicating it very well.’ Oh dear oh dear. ‘Relaunch’ – he can […]

‘Bunch of twats’ – a fitting slogan for Tories on NHS reform

Posted on 30 January 2011 | 11:01am

Ed Miliband will know well enough not to put too much faith in this morning’s poll showing Labour 11 points ahead of the Tories. Better to be ahead than behind, but at this stage of the Parliament it is as much about bad things the Tories are doing – where do I start? – as […]