Twenty Great Things About the 1980s

  • 3 Apr 2010

1. Margaret Thatcher. 2. Labour couldn't win an election. 3. Putting the Unions back in their box. 4. Enabling millions of people to buy shares for the first time. 5. A-ha & Alphaville. 6. Audi Quattros. 7. Ejecting the Argentinians from the Falklands. ...

Why I Disagree With Chris Grayling on B&Bs

  • 3 Apr 2010

Fasten your seatbelts. Just before I went down to the studio to talk about Labour posters on the Stephen Nolan Show I saw the breaking story about Chris Grayling. Tomorrow's Observer has a recording of him saying that he felt that the rights of bed and breakfast owners to refu...

EXCLUSIVE: Returning Officers Threaten to Strike Over Election Counts

  • 1 Apr 2010

The row over election night counting threatened to worsen last night, as Returning Officers revolted over Government plans to force them to hold counts on election night itself, rather than the next day. I can reveal that more than 100 Returning Officers have signed a lette...

A Promotion for TV's Shane Greer

  • 1 Apr 2010

I'm delighted to announce today that Shane Greer will be replacing me from 1 May as Managing Director of Biteback Media, the company which owns Total Politics Magazine. Shane has been instrumental in the success of the company in its first two years, and having established ...

Speech: Politics, Speeches & Audiences in the Age of Celebrity

  • 31 Mar 2010

Last week I spoke to a group of speechwriters. Several people have asked if I would post my speech, which took as its subject “Politics, Speeches & Audiences in the Age of Celebrity”. Here's an abbreviated version... The best speeches are made like I sing in the shower....

Why the A21 Must Be Dualled

  • 25 Mar 2010

Anyone who knows the A21 between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells will know what a treacherous road it is. It's the bit where the dual carriageway goes down to a single lane each way, near Pembury (where we live). There's a steep stretch of hill with a bend half way up. About ...

Hanging up on BBC London

  • 22 Mar 2010

I don't normally go on BBC Radio London, and my experience just now reminds me why. I've always been taught that as a radio presenter, if a guest hangs up on you, it reflects very badly on you. You've clearly failed to control the interview. I was invited on to Eddy Nest...

In Praise of Vodafone

  • 15 Mar 2010

Remember about a month ago I wrote THIS post about my mobile phone bill? It was £2,500, and it turned out the next month's was even more. I twittered about it and was contacted by Vodafone's web relations team. To cut a long story short, they have spent the last month trying t...

A Day at Auschwitz-Birkenau

  • 3 Mar 2010

Back in 1984 I visited Dachau. I took my mother and sister. And it was true what they said: the birds really didn't sing there. It was a profoundly moving experience. My mother couldn't wait to leave and hated it. In 1990, just after the reunification of Germany, I drove to Bu...

A Tribute to Michael Foot

  • 3 Mar 2010

Michael Foot has died at the ripe old age of 96. Whatever one's politics, he was a true political great. The first time I ever really heard of him was when my Grandmother gave me some well meant political advice when I was about thirteen years old. She told me: "Just remember,...