Thursday, 27 January 2011

Liverpool commemorates the life of the great Robert Tressell, author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists


Next Thursday, February 3, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Robert Tressell.

The Irish-born author is famous for writing one of the most powerful political novels ever written - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist.

It's a book that highlights some basic injustices in our society and is even more relevant now than when it was first published three year's after its creator's death.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Government cuts and the latest damaging blow to 'brand Britain'


Today will see the latest round of redundancies on the back of this government's short-sighted cost cuts.

Again it's the BBC which is being hit. This time The World Service.

Six-hundred jobs are set to be axed - that's more than a quarter of the World Service's 2,000 work force.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

'Negative growth?' Come off it, we're in decline


Regardless of who came up with it, I hate the term 'negative growth'. Negative growth is decline.

And a 0.5% decline in the economy is exactly where we are.

Two quarters of negative growth equals recession.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Local TV news coming to a city near you


That font of considered comment, Twitter, reacted fairly negatively to Culture and Media Secretary Jeremy Hunt's plans to make hyperlocal TV a reality.

Despite the the fact that the announcement came from Mr Hunt, I do think it's a good idea.

The plan could see local TV stations set up initially in the major cities. Ten to 20 is the government's initial target.

David Cameron's spin doctor Andy Coulson gets unspun over hack hacking scandal


The 'will he, won't he' question over whether David Cameron's over-worked spin doctor would be forced out of his job has been ticking on since before the last time I posted on this blog.

Yep, that's a long, long time.

But at long last Andy Coulson jumped ship, or was discretely forced to walk the plank, just 48 hours before former Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked police if his phone had been hacked.

Hitting a journalism/politics crossroads


A few months back I stepped across the not so invisible line from journalism to politics.

The (now not so new) job takes me out of the newsroom, but it gives me the chance to utilise the skills I learned while in my various roles in journalism.

These obviously include identifying story opportunities, utilising social media, dealing with people, turning around a story, dealing with deadlines, managing websites, creating print products, having an understanding and knowledge of media law, campaigning, etc.