Why Speaking the Language of the Left Won't Work

  • 19 Feb 2009

Harriet Harman's desire to appear more left wing than she really is, is not only a reflection of her desire to be a leadership player when the time comes, she calculates that it will resonate with the country as well as her party. Jon Cruddas makes a similar calculation in his...

My Sunday Newspaper Shame

  • 15 Feb 2009

On Friday I caused a bit of havoc on my Twitter feed by saying this... Oh dear, looks like I am going to be exposed in a Sunday newspaper for a misdeed of my youth. Gulp. It's all rather embarrassing. I was inundated with messages on email and via Facebook of the "we'l...

The Draper Slo-Mo Car Crash Continues

  • 14 Feb 2009

Draper's having another one of his hissy fits over Guido's Friday Caption competition. And he is DEMANDING - yes, demanding, that I and ConHome remove our sidebar links to Guido. How very student union of him. He even shows graphics demonstrating that we link to Guido. What Dr...

25 (More) Random Things About Me

  • 8 Feb 2009

1. When I was 9 I stuck a pitchfork through my big toe. 2. My Saturday job was mucking out my Dad's pigs. I was paid 10p per hour. 3. At primary school my friend threw a lump of plasticine at me from the other side of the classroom. It went straight into my mouth. 4. If I c...

What The Twitter Is Draper Up To?

  • 6 Feb 2009

In his bizarre attempt to become the blogosphere's Mr Popular, Derek Draper's latest wheeze is to "follow" every single one of my Twitter followers. Some might consider this to breach Twitter's own rules. While I have been out this afternoon I have been deluged with Twitter...

Misunderstood, Funny or Racist

  • 5 Feb 2009

There's a very interesting thread on my West Ham Blog on a post headed "The Evils of Racism". I wrote it yesterday in response to the West Bromwich Albion fan forum The Stirrer, Bob Piper and Ministry of Truth who had written more about the Radio 4 interview and my remarks con...

Banned by Draper - My Life's Work is Complete

  • 4 Feb 2009

Derek Draper should take some of his own psychotherapy. Having spent yesterday ranting at junior interns at the Taxpayers' Alliance, it seems that his Victim of the Day today is me. This is what he has just twittered... LabourList has suspended Iain Dale from our blogroll u...

25 Random Things About Me

  • 3 Feb 2009

Well if it's good enough for John Prescott, it's good enough for me. And I suppose it just proves that blogging is about me, me, me :). Anyway, here are 25 random things you probably never knew about me, and probably never wanted to know. Tough. 1. I worked for a year as a ...

The Definition of Leadership

  • 26 Jan 2009

Erik Jendresen was the supervising producer of the wonderful series BAND OF BROTHERS. I have just come across a note I was sent some years ago by the man who inspired the series, Richard Winters (played in the series by Damian Lewis). I had written to Mr Winters to tell him wh...

In Conversation with Ken Olisa

  • 23 Jan 2009

This interview was conducted in early 2009 and appeared in Total Politics magazine. Ken Olisa was a board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).   How many people work at IPSA? We're going through a staged change. We top-loaded the staff t...