Ten People Who are Having a Good Election

  • 26 Apr 2010

Andrew Neil Ubiquitous. His Daily Politics morning reports have been incisive and entertaining and he always seems to ask the question the politician doesn't want to answer. A pity he isn't chairing the debate tonight. Michael Gove The Tory Party's emerging safe pair of h...

A Gay Row That Exposes Bradshaw's Hypocrisy

  • 23 Apr 2010

I get very frustrated when the likes of Ben Bradshaw try to play politics with gay issues and try to make out as if all Tories are latent homophobes. I gather tonight Little Ben was at it again after an interview David Cameron gave to Gay Times and which was picked up by Chann...

These Attacks on Nick Clegg Will Backfire

  • 22 Apr 2010

What a terrible indictment of the British press we see this morning. The Mail runs a spurious story about Nick Clegg making a supposed Nazi slur against Britain. The Expressreckons he wants us to be overrun by immigrants. The Telegraph accuses him, of well, properly declaring ...

Campaign Spotlight: Dagenham & Rainham

  • 15 Apr 2010

I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours this afternoon campaigning in Dagenham & Rainham for my friend Simon Jones, who is seeking to oust Jon Cruddas. I was out with a team of eight canvassers (including Baroness Noakes) in a fairly nice part of the constituency on a new...

High Court Finds Against Leading Labour Blogger

  • 8 Apr 2010

Alex Hilton has not had a good day if my reading of this interim judgement in the High Court is correct. Reading between the lines, it could have severe implications for all bloggers. In short, he is being sued because of an article posted on Labour Home which intimated that s...

My Consistently Inconsistent Advice on Dealing With Michael Crick

  • 7 Apr 2010

Earlier on today a couple of commenters - Scary Mary and Grim Reaper - spotted an apparent inconsistency in what I wrote in THIS blogpost comparing Gordon Brown's electoral strategy to Michael Foot's compared to THIS one which ventured some advice to first time candidates. ...

Drowned Out By Mandelson's Crisps

  • 6 Apr 2010

I suppose my chief memory of today has to be the moment I was drowned out on national radio ... by a packet of crisps. It wasn't any old packet of crisps. It was a packet being consumed, nay, chomped on by no less a personage than the First Secretary of State himself. Peter Ma...

And Do It Begins...

  • 5 Apr 2010

After what seems years of waiting, it;s finally happening. The election is on. As I sit here tonight, two thoughts come to mind. I think of all the candidates up and down the country, many of whom have been campaigning in their patches for up to four years. The next four weeks...

Ten Lords a Leaping

  • 4 Apr 2010

ConservativeHome have rather kindly included me on their list of 100 potential peers today. I don't delude myself that there's much chance of that actually happening, but it did provoke an idea for a blogpost. I support a fully elected House of Lords, but until that actuall...

The Perils of Saying Something Nice

  • 3 Apr 2010

Last night I was in Oakham, Rutland to chair an election hustings organised by the Federation of Small Businesses, and a very lively event it was too. The panel consisted of local MP Alan Duncan, his Labour and LibDem opponents and two local businesspeople. The evening started...