Tag: “Gordon Brown

GB mortified at bigot comment. Visit was human not political

Posted on 28 April 2010 | 4:04pm

I was saying last night that we had yet to have our ‘Joe the plumber’ moment in the campaign. We had not even had the Sharon Storer moment, though David Cameron’s encounter with the father of a disabled child had its moments. Now enter the campaign Gillian Duffy. It is of course manna from heaven […]

All returning to roots as decison day looms

Posted on 28 April 2010 | 12:04pm

I’ve gone back to my journalistic roots today with an interview in the Mirror with Alex Ferguson talking about his roots, and how he has never forgotten them despite all the success and wealth he has enjoyed. He tells the story of how after the recent Manchester United win against Spurs, he and his wife Cathy […]

Even their own polls say GB did better than they’re saying

Posted on 23 April 2010 | 3:04pm

One of the broadcasters told one of GB’s aides last night that David Cameron ‘won’ the second leaders’ TV debate. Fine, you might think. The guy’s entitled to his opinion, and that was what he thought. The only problem is – he said it just after 6pm, well before the debate took place. What he […]

Come on Dave and Nick – stop the carping

Posted on 19 April 2010 | 9:04am

There really is something quite unpleasant seeing the two big parties take lumps off each other. Come on, Nick and David, this is so old politics. The public are crying out for something more elevated than all this yah-boo blue-orange, orange-blue carping. That’s why I was so pleased to hear that the party put third […]

Hardly surprising if business prefers tax cut to waste

Posted on 1 April 2010 | 11:04am

I rather enjoyed Peter Mandelson’s description of George Osborne as a schoolboy charging round the sweetshop taking sweets from every jar without a clue as to how he is going to pay for them when he gets to the counter. He intends to reduce the deficit dramatically, cut taxes and protect frontline services. Mmmm. Sounds […]

Right pledges, at the right time

Posted on 27 March 2010 | 11:03am

The Labour pledge card has been an important part of every campaign since 1997. The cards help set out priorities. In addition to attracting widespread media coverage, they are, more importantly, a useful basis for doorstep communications and further campaign materials. Thirteen years on from the first one, they are also a reminder of what Labour […]

Why Sir Trevor did no favours for Cameron

Posted on 16 March 2010 | 10:03am

If I say ‘Gordon Brown/Piers Morgan interview’ the chances are it will trigger some kind of response, that a memory either of the event or of the coverage will come to mind. It showed a more human side to GB than is normally on display, and therefore came as something of a surprise to people. […]

Good for Gordon

Wed 10 Mar 2010

Cameron inquiry call says more about him than GB

Posted on 22 February 2010 | 3:02pm

Interesting moment at BBC London – I was there to be interviewed by Robert Elms about my book and my views on matters London – when the ‘news’ was announced that David Cameron had ‘called for an inquiry’ into GB and bullying. Interesting because of the rolling eyes and the ‘inquiry into what?’ shouts from […]

People may listen more to the political GB having heard the personal GB

Posted on 15 February 2010 | 1:02pm

As expected, fairly mixed reviews for the GB interview with Piers Morgan. Some can’t get beyond their loathing of Piers. Others can’t get beyond their negativity about GB. But it is always important to differentiate between media opinion and public opinion. Based on nothing more than instinct, a few conversations and a trawl online, I would say […]