Author: Churchmouse

Conservative reshuffle reveals possible rising star

Conservative Party members found David Cameron’s recent reshuffle disappointing. Conservative Home commentary says it was too left-of-centre and very much Osborne-dominated. A few more women have been appointed or promoted. Smokers will be interested to know that the Department of…

Gatecrashers in Manchester

The Conservatives graciously allowed two gatecrashers at their conference. One was Alastair Campbell who, reprising his role at Labour’s conference the week before, went to campaign on behalf of Alcohol Concern for minimum pricing. (Not that again!) I wonder if…

Labour, Obama techniques and membership

Yesterday’s post discussed David Cameron’s infatuation with Obama’s administration at the expense of Conservative Party membership. Today’s entry looks briefly at the same issues at the heart of the Labour Party. A cross-section of Labour Party members — including potential…

Ed Miliband’s damage limitation plan

On Andrew Neil’s Sunday Politics (BBC1, September 22), a New Statesman journalist told Alastair Campbell politely but directly that, whereas Labour spin doctors were at odds with each other, the Coalition have been on the same page from the start.…

Whither UKIP?

UKIP’s party conference in London at the weekend didn’t go quite as planned. Nigel Farage had not envisaged that one of his MEPs — rather than the party platform — would grab the news headlines. The Mail‘s Robert Hardman was…