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 ...

Evening Standard: Dale Was Right About Reid & Brown

  • 5 Jun 2009

Last night, just before midnight I posted this story... The usual anonymous commenters accused me of making it up. Quelle suprise. Quite why anyone would read this blog if they thought I habitually did that, I have no idea, but I digress. Today, lobby journalists hav...

My Election Night on 'Play Radio'

  • 5 Jun 2009

Getting up at 5.15am, whizzing down to College Green to do Sky News Sunrise and then driving for two hours to Arundel was perhaps not the ideal preparation to present what turned out to be a nine hour marathon election programme. And due to traffic I was late. However, we g...

The Consequences of Hazel Blears

  • 4 Jun 2009

A few weeks ago I warned that the Prime Minister might soon experience the wrath of a wounded chipmunk. I could never have predicted that Hazel Blears would resign from the Cabinet the day before an important set of elections. Her departure is entirely understandable, as she h...