This blog is not usually a home for 45-minute lectures. But David Willetts gave a compelling presentation to the RSA last week that deserves a wider audience (well, a slightly bigger academic seminar room).
Watch out for the implications of the argument in his book — which looks at generational divide and how baby boomers stitched up generation X and Y — for David Cameron’s policy platform.
Labour made a huge error by rejecting the chance to obtain state funding for the party – leaving it at a “catastrophic disadvantage” in the coming general election – its former general secretary has written.
Party officials have dismissed the claims by Peter Watt, who left the Labour party under a cloud after the cash-for-honours affair*, suggesting he is now embittered and vengeful. The book, Inside Out, should indeed be read through that prism** – as Rod Liddle explains.
Yet Mr Watt, as general secretary, occupied a central position within the party hierarchy from which he had unique access to its machinations. That’s why it’s fascinating to see him blame Labour for the failure of cross-party talks to address party funding in late 2007.
Andrew Mackay, former Parliamentary aide to David Cameron, is to work for lobbying company Burson-Marsteller – as a consultant and strategic adviser – after the election. The story was broken by PR Week this afternoon.
The curious non-resignation of Joanne Cash, PPC for Westminster North: Paul Waugh charts the aftermath. Here is his original story.
Do northerners like the Tories? Nick Robinson visits Pendle.
It is possible to read informal minutes of Labour NEC* meetings circulated by a member with a commitment to transparency. The latest are just out, relating to a gathering of the party hierarchy in late January:
This caught my eye: