I knew that Question time was going to wind me up last night but I had to watch it anyway. For some reason I thought that the party leaders facing questions from the public might be interesting – and how wrong I was! The three leaders did what they do with a fair amount of...

If there’s one thing that has always amazed me in politics – it’s the good Tory wife. There was that period in the 80s and 90s when the news was filled with stories of Tory MPs cheating on their wives with an array of sexy young things. More often than not the...

The other day when I got home it was pouring with rain as I looked out of the window. A big man in a suit jacket, jeans and greasy hair was walking like fury in the middle of the road, soaking wet and swigging a can of Carling. The rain didn’t seem to bother him, it was as...

You know that when parents start using a slang word that it’s not them just trying to be cool, but also the arrival of that expression into the vocabulary of plain English. In this context I’m talking about the word Chav, which I believe means Council House And Violence,...

A lot has been made of the way in which New Labour controls the media so as to present itself in a favourable manner. There are two reasons why I think this is entirely justified. Firstly, in an age of electronic communication where images can be flashed around the globe in seconds,...

Now that the election campaign is in full swing we are treated to daily soundbites from the average man in the street about the usual tabloid issues that supposedly blight hardworking families. TV Stations like the BBC only target marginal seats where they’re more likely to...

It’s been on the cards for a while and a long time coming, but it is today that signals the end of the road for the Guardian and me. I’ve been reading the Guardian steadily for about 12 years, sometimes on a daily basis and at others just a few times a month. It’s...

So the date has been set for the next general election, which I’m actually quite looking forward to for a number of reasons. For starters there’ll be loads of interesting stuff on TV in the form of ‘The campaign trail’, hopefully we’ll be treated to...