Daily Archives: September 30, 2009

Jim Pickard

At last night’s Labour gala dinner in Brighton Lesley Garrett treated paying guests to a rendition of Andy Williams’ classic, The Impossible Dream. Lyrics include:

“And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.” Read more

A far cry from the heady days of 1997: Jim Pickard looks at the mood on the ground at this year’s Labour conference Read more

Jim Pickard

Gordon Brown gets angry with Adam Boulton, calling him a “political propagandist”

Paul Waugh says the single-mother supervised homes policy is 10 years old. Read more

Jim Pickard

The rumour swilling around conference this morning is that the News International party last night was a rather strained affair; given that news broke of the Sun’s defection to the Tories half way through. Various cabinet ministers heard about the news as they were swigging Murdoch’s free beverages. Some observers later heard Lord Mandelson tell NI executives in no uncertain terms that they were out of line*. Apparently a c-word was used.  Mandelson has since insisted that the word in question was “chump”.

* The Sun’s move appears to have been timed for maximum political impact, just hours after Brown’s speech. The rumour is that new editor Dominic Mohan didn’t bother to tell GB (despite a phone conversation earlier yesterday) that the bombshell was primed. Mohan is not even here in Brighton. Meanwhile it’s interesting that the Scottish version of the Sun will not back the Conservatives. Read more

Jim Pickard

Jack Dromey, Labour Treasurer, has just revealed that JK Rowling – who has helped Labour in the past – is going to “support the party (financially) on a continuing basis”. No specific figure for how much she will give however.