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...

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 ...