Posts Tagged “damian mcbride”

LDVideo: Iain Dale unilaterally disarms anti-nukes protester in front of TV cameras

by Stephen Tall on September 24, 2013

Don’t mess with Dale! And definitely not when he’s in protective publisher mode and wants to ensure a hassle-free interview for his latest political author, Damian McBride. Just a still photo and the link to the video for now, but it’s bound to be on YouTube soon enough… VIDEO: The moment Iain Dale decides he’s […]

Good on Damian McBride – making the case for coalition government

by Stephen Tall on September 20, 2013

I’ve met Damian McBride only once, in February this year. Two things struck me. First, how much healthier (and happier) he looked than he did in 2008 when his role in a dirty tricks campaign against the Tories was exposed. He was only 34 when that furore flared, yet in pictures from the time he […]

Your Saturday morning reader — 8 must-read articles

by Stephen Tall on October 13, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… No, you’re not entitled to your opinion – Patrick Stokes at The Conversation argues that proper debate relies on contested claims based on relevant expertise: just holding to your own view ain’t enough. Is The Economist left or right? – its […]

Your Saturday morning reader – 8 must-read articles

by Stephen Tall on October 6, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, so here are eight thought-provoking articles to stimulate your thinking juices… 5 Years On: The Election That Never Was – Damian McBride, Gordon Brown’s former spinner-in-chief whose must-read blog is essentially a memoir-by-instalments, recalls the week in 2007 that turned the new Prime Minister from hero to zero. Jimmy Savile: The birth […]

What 'Smeargate' tells us about media news reporting

by Stephen Tall on April 21, 2009

The last couple of days have seen a flurry of new, post-Easter weekend polls. As LDV’s regular readers will know, we don’t cover individual polls, preferring to round them up on a monthly basis rather than become over-excited by any (…)

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Paul Staines: not the Messiah, just a very naughty boy

by Stephen Tall on April 18, 2009

A week ago, Damian McBride was still the Prime Minister’s chief media advisor, and LabourList’s Derek Draper was attempting to laugh off as blokeish banter the emails which implicated Number 10 in smears against senior Tories. But, then, we know (…)

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The Lib Dems' 'Smeargate' silence: well-judged or a missed opportunity?

by Stephen Tall on April 15, 2009

Like it or not, there’s no doubting that the political story of the past few days has been Damian McBride’s leaked emails touting various smear stories targeting Tories. Yet visit the Lib Dem website and you will find no mention; (…)

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When should a politician say sorry?

by Stephen Tall on April 14, 2009

Damian McBride’s indefensibly puerile emails seeking to smear senior Tories (and Nadine Dorries) have left David Cameron understandably livid: David Cameron is demanding a personal apology from Prime Minister Gordon Brown over e-mails sent by an adviser discussing smearing the (…)

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‘Smeargate’: That Was The Easter Weekend That Was

by Stephen Tall on April 14, 2009

I know it’s the Westminster Village story de jour, but I’m finding it very hard to work up motivation to blog on what is being portentously dubbed ‘Smeargate’, Labour’s cretinous attempts to stick the boot into the Tories. Damian McBride, (…)

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