Book Review: Chance Witness by Matthew Parris

  • 9 Oct 2002

  Iain Dale cruises through Matthew Parris’s autobiography Chance Witness and finds  tales of woe, gay sex, political failure and journalistic triumph….and a bit more gay sex for good measure.     I was recently at a dinner party and was asked to name five people I...

New Statesman Diary: Ann Widdecombe may wear Leather

  • 10 Jun 2002

The Insider - Iain Dale on why Ben Elton is in Tony Blair's bad books What a joy it was to see the look of shock on Tony Blair's face at the party at the Palace, when Ben Elton made a joke about the lack of improvement in our transport and health systems in the 50 years of ...

Book Review: The Heart Beats on the Left by Oskar Lafontaine

  • 6 Jun 2002

Politicians generally fall into two categories – those who yearn for power and know how to use it when they achieve it, and those who revel in being out of the inside loop thereby retaining their ideological purity. Oskar Lafontaine belongs to the latter group.   He is a...

New Statesman Diary: Mo Mowlam Calls Me a Wanker

  • 1 Jun 2002

A year ago I was co-presenting the Radio 5 Live Sunday Service programme which – completely flummoxed the Sports Minister Richard Caborn. This week, I was at it again with Peter Mandelson, who I was interviewing for my new Planet Politics programme on Oneword Digital Radio. ...

Guardian Diary: Mo Mowlam Answered my Phone

  • 13 May 2002

Blair-faced cheek There was more than met the eye to the Blair family trip to Cornwall last summer, writes Iain Dale I wonder where Tony Blair and his family will be heading for their summer holidays this year? Last year they were forced to spend a few days in Cornwall a...

Speech at Politico's 5th Anniversary Dinner

  • 5 Apr 2002

Venue: The Savoy   Lady Thatcher, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, Five years ago, when the doors opened at Politico’s for the first time, I can’t have imagined that I would be here tonight, in the presence of so many who have helped make our business what it is today....

Repeat, I am Not a Friend of Lady Thatcher's

  • 25 Mar 2002

Writing wrongs It's incredible how some journalists think you must be a close personal friend of Lady Thatcher if you have edited a couple of books about her, writes Iain Dale A lot of rubbish has been written about Margaret Thatcher in the last few days. Whoever thin...

Book Review: Jo Grimond by Michael McManus

  • 4 Mar 2002

  Book Review, New Statesman The Guardian   Jo Grimond: Towards the Sound of Gunfire Michael McManus Birlinn, 460pp, £20   Writing your first biography must be a formidable task for anyone. Michael McManus's task was perhaps harder than most, as his subje...

Guardian Diary: Influencing David Blunkett & Cross Party Friendships

  • 20 Feb 2002

* Shock, horror! I can reveal that Home Secretary David Blunkett was dining with two top lobbyists from the lobbying consultancy Weber Shandwick at the Gay Hussar one evening a couple of weeks ago. Another lobbygate scandal in the making? I doubt it. One of them was former Lab...

The long battle to be an MP

  • 14 Jan 2002

  Iain Dale looks at the hurdles would-be MPs must overcome just to get their names on a ballot paper. It comes as no surprise that most MPs have the hide of a rhinoceros and a highly developed ego. After all, if they've survived the candidate selection process they shou...