Why Do I Do It?

  • 17 May 2009

My partner thinks I am mad. "What on earth are you doing, going to North Wales to speak to 60 people who've never heard of you?" he asked on Thursday night. "Are they paying you?" It was an interesting question. I find it very difficult to explain to people outside politics wh...

Derek Draper Says Sorry

  • 15 May 2009

Andrew Pierce has written a piece for the Telegraph today about Derek Draper's apology for the racism jibe against me.   Mr Draper wrote: "While I do think it is right that we hold our opponents accountable our tone has sometimes been wrong. On the specifics of Iain Dale...

Interview with Labour List

  • 12 May 2009

I listened to your internet radio show the other day. Are you trying to become the British Rush Limbaugh? No, I’m not! I’m not trying to be a US style shock-jock but the fact is that on the internet you can be opinionated. You can do a three-minute monologue about what you ...

The MP & the Photo of a Dying Soldier

  • 11 May 2009

Tory MP James Gray seems to have developed a habit of embarrassing himself in matters military. Following on from Saturday night's revelation that he tried to recoup the cost of a Remembrance Sunday wreath, I have now learned of something which further illustrates just how cra...

Media Masters

  • 10 May 2009

Jeremy Nicholas is the match day announcer at West Ham and does a lot of radio & TV work. He's just published an excellent book called MEDIA MASTERS: INSIDER SECRETS FROM THE BIG NAMES OF BROADCAST, PRINT & SOCIAL MEDIA. For some inexplicable reason there's an intervie...

My Debut on Play Radio

  • 9 May 2009

Thanks to all of those who listened last night to my show on PlayRadioUK. To those who couldn't listen at the time and have emailed asking about a Podcast version, I am told it will be available tomorrow. I have to say I enjoyed myself tremendously. We had some great calls ...

In Conversation with Matthew Parris

  • 9 May 2009

This article appeared in a 2009 edition of Total Politics magazine.   Iain:  How has turning 60 affected you, if it all? Matthew: I’ve got a bit of a limp which comes from literally tens of thousands of miles training for marathons. I did my last London marathon in 19...

Best Wishes to LabourList & Let's Lay Off Derek Draper

  • 7 May 2009

  Following the confirmation of my story yesterday afternoon that Derek Draper has resigned as editor of LabourList, I just want to scribble a few final words on the issue. First of all, let's show a bit of human compassion towards Derek. It's not nice to kick a man when...

What do Edwina Currie & Ann Widdecombe Have in Common?

  • 5 May 2009

What should I make of the fact that I get emails today from Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie announcing they both have new email addresses? Just askin'... Reminds me of a wonderful afternoon at the Tory Party Conference in 2002 just after Edwina had published her diaries. A...

Fortune Favours Brave Chipmunks

  • 4 May 2009

From the Daily Mash... Hazel Blears: Britain's most powerful Borrower. Lives inside the skirting boards at Number 10 where she chews through the modem cables and eats off an old bobbin. Can make a Babybel cheese last for a month Wounded chipmunks can be very da...