09 Dec 2012
December 9, 2012

The media most MPs really fear

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Just a quickie, this, because it’s so obvious.  Yet even though it’s obvious, it it’s still a funny wee thought at this special time (i.e. post-Leveson report, not the run up to Christmas) and, what’s more, I’ve never read anyone else say it. What? OK, I’m getting there.  There’s layers upon layers of discussion and.. read more →

01 Dec 2012
December 1, 2012

Leveson

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Earlier this year, I sat as a member of the UK Houses of Parliament Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions.  It was set up around the same time as Lord Justice Leveson began his inquiry, although had a narrower remit.  We took evidence from media professionals, judges, lawyers and  other interested parties such as Hugh.. read more →

12 Nov 2009
November 12, 2009

By-election STATS

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Just driven back from Springburn, in Glasgow, where I was alerted to Dave Maddox of the Scotman’s point that the Falkirk West by-election of Christmas 2000, where I was the beneficiary of a quite brilliant Labour campaign, was the highest ever turnout in a by-election.  It made me think of two things. The SNP actually recorded more.. read more →

12 Nov 2009
November 12, 2009

By-election STATS

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Just driven back from Springburn, in Glasgow, where I was alerted to Dave Maddox of the Scotman’s point that the Falkirk West by-election of Christmas 2000, where I was the beneficiary of a quite brilliant Labour campaign, was the highest ever turnout in a by-election.  It made me think of two things. The SNP actually recorded more.. read more →

07 Oct 2009
October 7, 2009

General Richard Dannatt

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I was asked to make comment on BBC Newsnight tonight on General Dannatt . However, I was told not so long ago, by  the most insightful person on the planet, that my appearing on telly is for me a ‘negative multiplier’.  I often seemed arrogant and even hateful. A tough judgement, but right.  So I thought.. read more →