Counterfactual: The Second Falklands War

  • 17 Feb 2010

No, it really didn't mean anything, the Foreign Office official told David Miliband. "They do things like this all the time, Foreign Secretary," he soothed. "We've got good relations with Argentina. Nothing to worry about." It was the day after the Argentinian President had is...

When Making a Speech, Don't Change a Winning Formula

  • 14 Feb 2010

It's only natural that I have been giving a lot of thought to what happened yesterday and why I underperformed at the East Surrey selection. Without going into a rather long tedious saga of self analysis, I think two things were at play. One is that I broke the habit of a l...

The Super Injunction Law Needs Reforming

  • 31 Jan 2010

The John Terry story gets more lurid by the day. According to the Sunday Mirror, he got Wayne Bridge's girlfriend pregnant and then arranged for her to have an abortion. In addition, he allegedly lied to Bridge when confronted about the affair. The non football fans among you ...

Review: 'Mo'

  • 31 Jan 2010

There was a part of me that wasn't looking forward to watching 'Mo'. I wasn't sure that Julie Walters could carry it off. Idiot. Of course she could. She grew into the role so that after half an hour you really did imagine she really was Mo. She even get her voice right. Th...

An Appreciation of Duncan Brack

  • 30 Jan 2010

One of the great things about running Politico's for seven years was that I got to meet a huge number of people from across the political spectrum, who otherwise I would never have got to know. Duncan Brack was one of those people. Unless you're a LibDem activist you've pro...

I Am A Very Great Man

  • 24 Jan 2010

I spent much of today in front of a camera. Nothing new there, you may think, but you'd be wrong. This time it was to appear in a feature film! Admittedly, it's not exactly a starring role, but the experience was good - and different! - nonetheless. The film, which will be rel...

Modesty Forbids... Almost!

  • 24 Jan 2010

As you know, I'm a modest sort of guy. Totally unused to blowing my own trumpet. Can't stand these bloggers who think they're God's gift etc etc... BUT... when your Mum phones you and tells you how proud of you she is after reading about you in the Mail on Sunday... well, I'm ...

Why UKIP Are Wrong to Want to Ban the Burka

  • 18 Jan 2010

UKIP keep telling us how libertarian they are - that they are the most libertarian party out there. I've never bought that. Their new policy of banning the burka/niqab is yet another example of their authoritarian, populist, streak. Had they announced it at the time of the Fre...

Iain 1 Yasmin 1

  • 17 Jan 2010

I know how you all love it when I mention Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, so here goes. On the BBC News Channel paper review last night she talked about Jenni Russell's article in the Sunday Times on class. Here's how the exchange went...   YAB: "We had a funny kind of statement fro...

Posh Nosh

  • 14 Jan 2010

I've always wondered why some restaurants become known as the "in" places to go. I don't make a habit of frequenting them generally, but I've eaten at a fair few of them and most tend not to live up to expectations. It seems to me that you go to these restaurants to either be ...