The May 1979 Meme

  • 3 May 2009

Paul Burgin of the Mars Hill blog has tagged me in this May 1979 meme.   How old were you? Sixteen. What are your personal political memories, if you have any? I was in the Lower Sixth at Saffron Walden County High School. The school decided to have a mock electio...

Why Brown's Troubles Could Spell Bad News for the Tories

  • 2 May 2009

Gordon Brown’s political obituary has been written many times over the 22 months of his short premiership. This time, though, my political antenna tells me that he is in real trouble. And that spells bad news for the Tories. It has been a humiliating week for the Prime Ministe...

A Shouting Match Live on Air With George Galloway

  • 2 May 2009

I have never shouted at a radio presenter before, but I have just had the Mother of all rows with George Galloway on TalkSport. Quite incredible. I had been invited on to talk about the 30th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher's 1979 election victory. He started off by intro...

Happy 80th Birthday to Jeremy Thorpe

  • 29 Apr 2009

Last night, John and I attended an 80th birthday celebration for former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe at the National Liberal Club. It was quite a touching event, with speeches from Nick Clegg, Alan Beith and Nick Harvey among others. Why was I there? I got to know Jeremy and h...

My Downfall Video

  • 28 Apr 2009

Scary Mary has done me the honour of making a Downfall video about my lamentable failure to win the Orwell Prize. I particularly enjoyed the line about Nadine!

My Nigel Farage Interview for GQ Magazine

  • 28 Apr 2009

In the May issue of GQ Magazine I wrote a lengthy profile of UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Now that the issue is no longer on sale, I am posting it on the blog... Being leader of a political party which stands a snowball’s chance in hell of ever achieving real power is not a ve...

Nightjack Wins the Orwell Blogging Prize

  • 23 Apr 2009

Well, I have continued my record of never having won anything in my life, beyond a few £50 premium bonds! At the Orwell prize last night, the blog prize went to the Nightjack blog. He's real life police detective and writes an excellent blog about police matters, although he o...

My Verdict on the Leaders Debate

  • 15 Apr 2009

  Well, it wasn't that exciting. In fact at times it was damned tedious. There was no huge gaffe, no devastating oneliners. No real funnies. Brown kept trying to agree with Nick Clegg to forge an alliance against David Cameron. By the end it was laughable. But overall, I...

Draper & Watson Call in the Lawyers to Put Pressure on the Media

  • 13 Apr 2009

From Nadine's blog...   5 Live called to say they were being leaned on by lawyers with regard to any reference to Tom Watson MP and before I went on, would I just be aware of that. I asked them what they wanted me to do with that information and were they saying I cou...

Telegraph Column: Damian McBride scandal: Fatal flaws of the PM's pitbull

  • 12 Apr 2009

Thanks to Damian McBride and Derek Draper, whom I like to think of as the Dick Dastardly and Mutley of British politics, I have had to abort my Easter plans. You see, I was their first victim. Before I explain how, let's rewind a few months. Last October I met Draper for lu...