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...

The Origin of the Chipmunk

  • 4 Jun 2009

I think one of my biggest claims to fame in politics is to have invented the internet the nickname of "The chipmunk" for Hazel Blears. I looked back in my blog archive and I first used the expression in a blogpost on 28 December 2005. I was doing my end of year awards... LA...

An Open Letter to Lord Kalms

  • 3 Jun 2009

Dear Stanley, Nearly two years ago, in July 2007, you took great exception to a blogpost I wrote which suggested that party donors should be seen and not heard. When we met to discuss it we had a good laugh about it and buried the hatchet. I explained my motives for writing...

Jacqui Smith Falls on Her Sword

  • 2 Jun 2009

Whether Gordon Brown intended to hold a reshuffle or not, Jacqui Smith has just given him no choice, by letting it be known she will be resigning as Home Secretary at the end of the week. Tom Watson has made a similar decision. The fact is that Jacqui Smith should never hav...

After Julie

  • 30 May 2009

OK, OK, I know I promised not to write about expenses related stories today, but I can hardly not write about the latest news, can I? As you might guess I am very sad that Julie Kirkbride has announced she is stepping down at the next election. Let's not bother rehearsing a...

Last Night's 'Play Radio' Show

  • 30 May 2009

Last night's radio show and Hollie Steel from Britain's Got Talent had one thing in common - we both had to start again. Until my show starts on Play Talk, the station plays the music output of Play 2. Unfortunately when I did my intro, unbeknown to me the music kept on playin...