Playing the blame game

March 4, 2009

President Barack Obama had barely settled into in the White House before he was happy to admit he had “screwed up” over one of his choices for a cabinet job after Tom Daschle withdraw his nomination as health secretary over an income tax controversy.

Has Brown lost the Spring in his step?

January 29, 2009

Is the Labour Party going to regret not hosting a Spring Party Conference this year?

Drawing up the Battle Lines

November 25, 2008

Newspapers were in no doubt of the significance of the pre-budget report – this was a defining moment in British politics.

A profound shift in party politics

November 19, 2008

David Cameron’s decision to ditch a major Conservative pledge to match Labour spending plans pound for pound was hailed by commentators as an important step in the politics of the recession, opening up a clear gulf between the two main parties’ economic policies but exposing the Tories to considerable risk.

Should “SuperGord” hold a snap election?

October 15, 2008

gordonbrown.jpgOnly a few weeks ago the cartoons were showing Gordon Brown paddling up the proverbial creek without a paddle as his poll ratings slumped under an endless succession of bad news. The Tories were practically measuring up the curtains at No. 10.

Truly, madly, deeply: They loved New Brown

September 23, 2008

Labour was destined for defeat at the next election and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he wasn’t going to step down.

Labour: Your time is up. And not just in Crewe

May 23, 2008

crewe1.jpgIf the message on the streets up here in northern England is anything to go by, Labour will be sent packing at the next election.

Thursday’s headlines: Brown “plots fightback”

May 1, 2008

The Times says Gordon Brown is facing the first electoral test of his premiership. It also features London mayoral candidates Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson. Story here

Heat is on at Reuters Newsmaker with London mayor candidates

April 15, 2008

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Safer streets, better housing, more reliable transport….that’s what Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick all want for London and it’s probably what most Londoners want for their city. But what’s the big difference then between “Red Ken”, “Crazy Boris” and …”Policeman turned Politician” Brian Paddick?

The Ken and Boris show

April 1, 2008

boris.jpgSitting at the Evening Standard’s London Mayor debate last night, it occurred to me how cosy this election is. Whoever wins the contest on May 1 will lead one of the world’s most high-profile cities with an 11.3 billion pound budget to run public transport, police and fire services and promote the economy of this global financial centre. Yet at times the candidates seem to think they are engaging in some kind of school debating contest.