Adam Boulton on Muck Rack

Adam Boulton Verified

Sky News Tonight Presenter, Editor at Large, and Sunday Times Political Columnist — The Times, Sky News

Presenter of Sky News Tonight. Editor at Large. Sunday Times political columnist. I RT what amuses or interests me inc. criticism. RT is not an endorsement.

Jinxed Cameron has the upper hand but can’t land a killer blow — FORGET the post-mortem examination for now, the London School of Economics played host this weekend to the "pre-mortem" of an election campaign that is very much alive and kicking, even though it will only begin officially tomorrow when David Cameron hands in his notice (temporarily, he hopes) to Her Majesty.

Broadcast battles — Largely thanks to foot-dragging by the Conservatives, the outcome of negotiations between broadcasters and political parties this year's general election debates pleases no one. The broadcasters proposed three face-to-face debates and Lynton Crosby, Cameron's campaign manager, has succeeded in agreeing only one "debate" in which party leaders will confront each other live, scheduled for April 2.

Cameron’s hedgehog strategy for the TV debates will make voters pricklish — OUR MPs didn't need Russell Brand to start preaching "don't bother voting" and "revolution" to tell them that large sections of the public are turned off by the conventional political process. The Commons commissioned an investigation into voter engagement which reported last November.

Dave and Ed can’t worry about our security now, there’s an election to win — Beyond recording the horrors perpetrated in its name, nobody finds it easy to talk about Isis. Most of the time we can't even agree what the group is called - Islamic State, IS and Isil jostle with Daesh, the Arabic acronym preferred by John Kerry, the US secretary of state.

I hope months of mess suits you: that’s what you’re voting for — LAST time, 2010, was like your first party, all exciting; it won't be like that this May. Given the near-universal assumption that the outcome of the upcoming general election will be inconclusive and fail to yield a strong single-party majority government, Britain's constitutionalists are growing worried. They are right to be.

Our war-weary country wobbles before the thugs of Moscow and Isis — It's not a question of intercontinental travel. A few hours' flight from Britain, two international conflicts are raging whose protagonists would like to redraw the map of the old world, let alone the settlements reached in the 20th century after two world wars and the Cold War.

No electoral chloroform, Dr Cameron. We demand a talking cure — Britain's two main political parties want to stupefy us into submission between now and the general election. If it can hold its narrow lead in the polls, Labour believes that Ed Miliband will be the next prime minister.

All the evidence says that Ed will win. Yes, it really could happen — Macbeth is a spooky play, but when the newly appointed thane of Cawdor says, "The greatest is behind", it's not a premonition of the age of Kim Kardashian. He means that the best of the witches' predictions has yet to be fulfilled.

Miliband strikes as we tire of Cameron replaying Downturn Abbey — My mother is already looking forward to the Downton Abbey Christmas special. It is sure to be one of the most popular programmes over the festive period. On TV the Roaring Twenties are back in fashion. In politics Labour's back-to-the-past approach has moved a decade further on, to the Depression era.

Even though George may conjure up a Tory victory, No 10 will elude him — George Osborne has had a good couple of weeks. Instant polls confirm a big Tory lead as the party "best able to manage the economy", and the occupants of Downing Street are guffawing at Ed Balls's panicky "anything they spend, we'll spend more" reaction to the latest promised Conservative largesse towards the NHS.
More Articles →
Mar 31, 2015

RT @faisalislam: In the response on my timeline to Conservative biz leader letter, and Labour zero hours crackdown, I'm seeing a rather divided Britain.

Mar 31, 2015

RT @SunPolitics: EXCLUSIVE JOINT INTERVIEW - Cameron and Osborne: We'll freeze income tax, VAT & NI for 5 years http…

Email Adam by joining Muck Rack Pro

Are You a Journalist?

Make a Portfolio

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.

Share This Profile