A Face Value Resignation?

  • 7 Jan 2013

It’s rather sad to see Lord Strathclyde stepping down from the government. He’s a very charming, likeable and affable character and he’s done good job since he took over the leadership of the Tories in the Lords from Lord Salisbury. Inevitably there will be speculation about ...

Instead of Insulting UKIP Voters, Cameron Needs to Hug Them Close

  • 6 Jan 2013

He’s like someone with an itch who just can’t stop scratching it. Why is it that the Prime Minister just can’t help himself? You’d think he would be trying to attract support from as many people as possible, yet he delights in insulting UKIP members and supporters. A few year...

Will Britain Lose It AAA Rating & Does It Matter?

  • 6 Jan 2013

This morning on Andrew Marr David Cameron sidestepped a question on the likelihood of Britain losing its AAA credit rating this year, almost as if he was accepting the inevitability. An hour later I interviewed Ed Balls on my LBC show and much to my surprise he failed to make...

Sunday Morning From 10am...

  • 5 Jan 2013

A new feature on this blog will go live tomorrow at 9.59am. Instead of the book banner above, you’ll see a banner which tells you what is on my LBC show and a LISTEN LIVE button, so you can read the blog and listen to me live. For those of you who don’t know I present a radio...

That Labour Health Policy Making Process In Full...

  • 5 Jan 2013

You can just imagine the scenario around the table in Portcullis House… Andy Burnham: Right guys, Ed’s said we have to come up with an eye-catching policy to grab the headlines in the new year. Let’s have a brainstorm. Researcher 1: Increase spending on the NHS by 10%? Re...

In Loving Memory of Mary

  • 4 Jan 2013

A couple of days ago I was emailed by a friend who wanted to draw my attention to an appeal launched by 25 year old Duke Safo. He wants to raise £5,000 in order to be able to finance, er, his mother’s funeral. His Mum died in November at the very young age of 48. He is auctio...

Six Pounds Down, Eight To Go!

  • 4 Jan 2013

As readers of old will know, I have constant battle with my weight. A couple of weeks before Christmas I had my flu jab and promised the doctor I’d get down to 16 and a half stone by mid March. That would entail losing a stone. Having been ill most of Christmas and the New Ye...

West Ham Player Appears On Cover of Gay Magazine

  • 3 Jan 2013

It really is something that there is not a single ‘out’ footballer in the world of professional football, not just in this country but throughout Europe and probably the world. West Ham winger Matt Jarvis is this month’s cover boy on Attitude Magazine, the UK’s leading glossy...

Mark Pack Reviews My New Book, 'The Blogfather'

  • 3 Jan 2013

Mark Pack has reviewed my new book THE BLOGFATHER on his own blog. He’s kindly given me permission to repeat it here, warts and all. A selection of Iain Dale’s blog posts from 2004-2012, The Blogfather is a potted history of one of the pioneering political blogs in the UK wh...

Anyone Would Think That Rail Fare Rises Were New!

  • 2 Jan 2013

Watching Labour Transport spokeswoman Maria Eagle touring the TV studios today, you’d think Labour had never put rail fares up during their time in office. If only that were true. Since 2004 fares have risen by inflation plus 1% under a formula put in place by, yes, you guess...