In Conversation with Alan Duncan

  • 7 Jul 2009

This interview took place in 2009 and an edited version was published in Total Politics magazine. ID: What is it with you and Harriet Harman? AD: On a personal level I really like her. We joke, we spar and we tease but I think it shows something two very important things...

Walking Through a Dockers' Picket Line

  • 6 Jul 2009

Two months ago I wrote about my part in the abolition of the Dock Labour Scheme. Tonight, it was if the clock had been turned back 20 years, as I had to walk through a dockers' picket line to attend a dinner at the National Liberal Club marking the 20th anniversary of the Sche...

Amusing Canvassing Stories No 94

  • 5 Jul 2009

This doorstep conversation is from yesterday morning in the Norwich North by election...   Tory MP: Have you decided who you will be voting for? Male voter: I normally vote UKIP, but I was thinking of voting Conservative. Tory MP: That's what I like to hear. Male voter:...

An Open Letter to Ben Bradshaw & Chris Bryant

  • 3 Jul 2009

Dear Ben and Chris, I have read your attacks on the Conservative Party and its attitude to homosexuality with a mounting sense of despair. I do not believe there is anything the Conservative Party could do to stop these partisan attacks. Michael Howard apologised for Sectio...

Why I Won't Appear on Press TV

  • 1 Jul 2009

Press TV is a relatively new station. They've just got onto the Sky platform. It's funded by the Iranian government. When I was first invited to appear on it, I wondered whether I should. But I decided engagement was the best way forward and decided that if ever I was censored...

Dale v Aaronovitch

  • 23 Jun 2009

I reckon I blew my chances of a column on The Times yesterday evening at the Editorial Intelligence Bloggertariat v Commentariat event. The first three speakers (Anne Spackman, Comment Editor of The Times, Martin Bright and Mick Fealty) had all been a bit matey so I decided to...

Paul Goodman Is a Sad Loss to Politics

  • 9 Jun 2009

I'm a bit late with this, so forgive me, but I just wanted to write a word or two about Paul Goodman's decision to step down at the next election. When I learned of the news, as I was about to start presenting the election coverage on Friday, it is no exaggeration to say th...

Independent Column: Gays in the Tory Party

  • 9 Jun 2009

On Thursday I spent an hour signing letters to Tory MPs inviting them to attend a late night “Pride Party” at a gay nightclub in Canal Street in Manchester during the Tory Party conference in October. It’s being organised by the Tories as yet another signal that the party is e...

Should I Have Questioned the PM's State of Mind?

  • 7 Jun 2009

Last night I took part in a very bad tempered half hour paper review on Sky News alongside Eve Pollard and Michael White of the Guardian. White was not in a good mood, as we were doing it on the Sky News platform opposite the House of Lords rather than in a nice warm studio. ...

The Consequences of a Disappearing Chipmunk

  • 5 Jun 2009

Knock Knock Who's There? Hazel Hazel Who? That's politics They say a week is a long time in politics. In the modern media age, I think we can reduce that to an hour. Hazel Blears resigned on Wednesday, but less than three days later she is already the forgotten ...