by Anoosh Chakelian / 29 Aug 2013 13:20
Whether you think the Labour leader's last-minute gauntlet yesterday at "tea-time" - as many commentators have so quaintly described Miliband's 11th hour (ie 5.15pm) threat to vote against the government's initial motion to intervene in Syria - was politicking or boldness in the national interest, it may not necessarily be the reason behind the suddenly watered-down vote.
David Cameron was always going to face a level of scrutiny, reticence and awkward questioning from an opposition not
by Tom Wadsworth / 22 Aug 2013 14:59
Ed Miliband’s not short of advice, as The Times’s Phil Collins recently pointed out. So I’m going to get in on the act too, because I’m struck by how much of this advice centres on bringing back well-known names such as Alan Johnson and Alastair Darling.
This is wrong-headed for two major reasons. Firstly, as much of the unsolicited advice to Ed M has pointed out, many of his problems stem from a
by Cynthia P. Schneider / 19 Aug 2013 15:18
"Cultural Diplomacy". The name evokes exchanges of symphonies, international art exhibitions, and the “Jazz Ambassador tours of the Cold War era. All these had their place, and updated versions, such as global hip hop jam session, still have value today in bridging divides of geography, culture, and language. But these examples of cultural exchange only tell part of the story of cultural diplomacy in contemporary international politics and diplomacy.
In today’s world of 24/7 communication,
by Ian Kirby / 06 Aug 2013 15:37
Across the world, publishing empires are crumbling this month. The Graham family’s decision to sell the Washington Post to one of Amazon’s founders (for the same price the Scotsman sold for a few years ago) followed hot on the heels of John Henry’s acquisition of the Boston Globe.
Similar changes can be expected in Britain, especially if a buyer is found for the ailing Independent and the reasons are all the same – the
by Natasha Thomas / 06 Aug 2013 14:45
I recently met up with Dr David Halpern, in his own words a ‘recovering academic’, who is working at the heart of government to encourage people to make better life choices.
In 2010 Halpern, who as former chief analyst to Tony Blair has secured confidence of both sides of the political divide, was tasked by Prime Minister, David Cameron, with setting up a new ‘nudge unit’ in No10. The approach was embraced by the PM’s former strategy director,
by Chris Bryant MP / 02 Aug 2013 17:41
When Hillary Clinton launched her Twitter career, she seized the chance to cast aside her old persona as Secretary of State and emerge as a supereverywoman, with this bio: ‘Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD...’ Those three impish dots were seen as a hint she might run for president in 2016. These days a politician’s Twitter account is one of
by Philip Waters / 01 Aug 2013 10:22
Yesterday’s report into whiplash, published by the transport select committee yesterday, finally brings some balance to an issue that up until now has been dominated by insurance company spin. The report acknowledges that whiplash can be a debilitating condition and that genuine claimants must not be demonised or denied access to justice.
The extensive evidence gathering under taken by the committee reveals the true nature of whiplash claims in the UK. It is of note
by Anoosh Chakelian / 17 Jul 2013 13:06
It was telling today that every time Ed Miliband or a Labour MP asked a question about Lynton Crosby, and his lobbying links to tobacco, David Cameron hit back with a mention of Labour ignoring recent favourable “unemployment figures”. Is it just a coincidence, or will the PM’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ be added to those figures at some point down the line?
Certainly the Labour Party hopes so, launching an onslaught of backbench questions regarding
15 Jul 2013 09:51
The Newsroom is a behind-the-scenes look at the other side of the camera, following a team who make a nightly cable news show. It was created by the brains behind The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin.
Focusing on news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels; Looper, Dumb & Dumber, Speed) and his new executive producer Mackenzie McHale (Emily Mortimer; Shutter Island, Hugo), the series follows them on their challenging mission to "do the news well" in the face of corporate
by Richard Welbirg / 12 Jul 2013 09:39
We begin at the end. Nine soldiers are pinned down under heavy fire. One man, intense blue eyes gazing wildly, lies in the arms of another, who tearfully calls for aid while tending to his wounded comrade. The theatre of war is unspecified but familiar, this scene new but recognisable.
Then we shift back to the early stages of these boys’ 547 days training. And they are boys, with boys’ fears and dreams. Tol (Elmi
by Seb Whale / 10 Jul 2013 14:59
Ed Miliband has had his hand forced by the recent Falkirk scandal regarding the union’s influence over candidate selections to publically acknowledge the need to overhaul the highly charged relationship.
Nonetheless, Miliband has taken a stance on an ageing and contentious Labour Party topic, that of the role and influence of the unions. ‘Red Ed’ has his detractors regarding his own ability to be influenced by the majority donors to the party, and
by Anoosh Chakelian / 10 Jul 2013 12:51
What’s the difference between a trade union chief and a hedge fund manager?
Surely there’s a hilarious punchline on a lollystick or Penguin wrapper somewhere, but this question was no joke at PMQs today, characterising the debate between the two leaders.
Ed Miliband tried to deflect the fact that his position of power is due to union votes by attacking MPs having second jobs (lucky his big brother had already fled, but spare a thought