Book Review: The Devil's Tune by Iain Duncan Smith

  • 22 Nov 2003

  Just imagine that you are an aspiring Tory MP – yes, I know it’s difficult, but stick with me – and the week after you become an approved Parliamentary candidate you are sent the manuscript of a political thriller with a view to your company publishing it. And then you fi...

Guardian Column: Kinder, Gentler...

  • 11 Nov 2003

When George Bush senior said in his inaugural speech that he wanted his Presidency to represent a ‘kinder, gentler America’ he  could hardly have foreseen that his vision would be turned into reality so quickly – not just in America but in Britain too. Yeah, right, I hear you ...

Speech to South West Norfolk Conservatives

  • 5 Nov 2003

Mr President, Mr Chairman, Gillian, Ladies & Gentlemen,  this is the first time I have been allowed out of North Norfolk to make a speech since my selection only 5 weeks ago. And how prescient it was of you to invite me all those months ago when you couldn’t have known abo...

Speech to the Small Business Forum

  • 29 Oct 2003

Owning and running a small business - a comparatively new small business at that - is something best done by a masochist. Why else would anyone put themselves through the torture that is part and parcel of today’s short termist business environment? It’s one hassle after anoth...

Who Will Be at the Top of Politics in Ten Years Time?

  • 15 Oct 2003

Feature in The Politico As I write this (in October 2003) it is entirely conceivable that within three months Tony Blair could be ousted as Prime Minister and a General Election could follow. A matter of weeks ago, Iain Duncan Smith was considered a dead duck. If the Iraq w...

Speech to North Norfolk Conservatives

  • 28 Sep 2003

Ladies and Gentlemen. It’s an honour for me to be considered by you to be your Parliamentary candidate for the next election.   I want to start by saying that I think I know how you’re feeling. You’re sick and tired of Norman Lamb. You’re fed up with seeing his name in t...

Greater Love Hath No Man...

  • 16 Sep 2003

I got a call today from the Independent asking me to write 90 words on the following subject: "Would you ditch a friend if they were damaging your career?" Echoes of Carole Capilin & Cherie. This is what I wrote... Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his f...

Interviewing Michael Foot at 90

  • 5 Jul 2003

    Iain Dale describes what it’s like to interview Michael Foot   Twenty years ago, almost to the day, I was heckling Michael Foot at a packed election meeting in a disused church in Norwich. He, of course loved it, and I helped turned a pedestrian election speech...

Why I sold Politico's Publishing to Methuen

  • 3 Jun 2003

The Bookseller: Iain Dale of Politico’s Publishing explains why he sold his company to Methuen and implores booksellers to take political books seriously.   Ten weeks ago Politico’s Publishing was sold to Methuen. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly, but it was a move th...

Who Will Be At The Top of Politics in 2013?

  • 13 Apr 2003

Article for Politico Magazine   Iain Dale looks at which of today’s politicians might still be at the political summit in 2013     As I write this it is entirely conceivable that within three months Tony Blair could be ousted as Prime Minister and a General Elec...