EXCLUSIVE: Michael Crick to Leave Newsnight

  • 19 Jul 2011

Word reaches me (not via hacked voicemails) that Newsnight political editor Michael Crick is on his way to Channel 4 News. Since Cathy Newman became a news anchor, there has been a vacancy in the political department there, although it is hard to see why a Newsnight political ...

How Very Dare I Talk About Cameron's Future!

  • 18 Jul 2011

Oh dear. Apparently I should join the Liberal Democrats. That was one of the responses to my piece last night on David Cameron’s future, or possible lack of it. Alternatively, others decided I was in the vanguard of a David Davis led leadership coup and speaking for the hard r...

Sir Paul Stephenson: A Bizarre Resignation

  • 17 Jul 2011

Well that was one of the more bizarre resignations I have ever seen. Sir Paul Stephenson basically said that he had done nothing wrong, his integrity was intact and well, that’s about it. So why on earth would he resign? Just because of some rather weak allegations about his u...

Could Cameron Be Next?

  • 17 Jul 2011

About ten days ago a caller on my LBC radio show reckoned that the hacking scandal was turning into a British Watergate. I dismissed this thought as the ravings of a lunatic. I’m not so sure I was right to do that now. I can’t believe I am even writing this, but it is no long...

Art: I Know What I Like...

  • 16 Jul 2011

I know as much about art as the average philistine. But I know what I like. Two Mondays ago, the Eastern Daily Press carried a wonderful picture of a painting by a landscape artist called Cornelia Fitzroy called The Red House. If you still have that edition, have a look. It w...

Gio Comes Home

  • 16 Jul 2011

Just over a fortnight ago, the last blogpost I wrote on my old blog was devoted to a tribute to my Jack Russell, Gio. He had died, less than twenty four hours earlier. I make no apology for returning to the subject today. I have been incredibly touched by the letters and email...

Rebekah Brooks' Resignation Is a Week Too Late

  • 15 Jul 2011

Strange timing, but Rebekah Brooks has finally bowed to the inevitable and fallen on her sword. Her position had been untenable since the decision to close News of the World and I was astonished she and the Murdochs couldn’t see that. Even now, judging by the tone of her resig...

I Admit It: I was Wrong

  • 11 Jul 2011

OK, I’m going to hold up my hands and do a bit of a mea culpa here. Last December I wrote an article in the Mail on Sunday, ostensibly on Julian Assange, but I also used it to have a go at The Guardian for their pursual of Andy Coulson over his alleged involvement in phone hac...

The Making of Ed Miliband

  • 11 Jul 2011

One thing Ed Miliband has proved over the last week is that he can learn from David Cameron’s experience as opposition leader. Back in 2009 during the MPs’ expenses scandal it was Cameron who grabbed the initiative and led from the front. In a difficult situation, it was he wh...

I'm Glad 'Blagging' Has Resurfaced

  • 11 Jul 2011

It’s good that Gordon Brown has spoken out and revealed that at least one newspaper, the Sunday Times, had tried to hack his bank account details and the medical records of his son, Fraser. It’s outrageous that anyone, let alone a much respected Sunday newspaper should sanctio...