Funny Interview Stories No 94

  • 5 Aug 2009

Earlier on today I twittered   "A sentence not often heard in a job interview: "I'm between bands right now." This was said by a candidate for the job of Total Politics Political Correspondent, for which we are interviewing today. I thought it was quite hilarious and ...

Biteback Launches New Publishing Company

  • 28 Jul 2009

Here's a self explanatory press release we're sending out today. We think it will fill a big gap that has been left in the world of political publishing. So few people are publishing political books nowadays. Big publishers will only publish a book if they think it will sell a...

EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Mackinlay Quits Parliament

  • 24 Jul 2009

There are some MPs, no matter which party they belong to, who command respect from their opponents. Andrew MacKinlay is one of those MPs. But he has decided tonight to tell his Constituency Labour Party in Thurrock that he will not be a candidate at the next election. It's got...

The Things You Hear on the Doorstep

  • 10 Jul 2009

This afternoon I spent a few hours canvassing in the Thorpe St Andrew area of Norwich, along with nine or ten others, including for a time, the Conservative candidate Chloe Smith. It is one of the better areas for the Conservatives in the constituency, it has to be said, but I...

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...