I caused a minor stir on the internet when I announced last week that I was giving up blogging. Over the past five years I, along with thousands of other bloggers, have played a small part in holding the mainstream media and politicians to account. I’ve tried to encourage public authorities to be more transparent and open about what they do, and often caused them a few headaches when they’ve refused.
Iain Dale is Presenter of LBC Drive, Managing Director of Biteback Publishing, a columnist and broadcaster and a former Conservative Parliamentary candidate. “It’s all going terribly well, isn’t it?” was my opener to a friend in Downing Street on the afternoon of the Cabinet reshuffle. I was going to devote this whole column to an in-depth analysis of the reshuffle, but I think enough has been said already. Paul Goodman’s analysis on Wednesday said it all.
Iain Dale is Presenter of LBC Drive, Managing Director of Biteback Publishing, a columnist and broadcaster and a former Conservative Parliamentary candidate. Wednesday is a day for all Cabinet Ministers to fear. Michael Fallon resigned on a Wednesday. Priti Patel was forced out on a Wednesday. And on Wednesday this week it was Damian Green’s turn to be fired.
@DD1958@paulmasonnews A misogynist thinks is ok to shout at young women and intimidate them. Call me old fashioned, but I think that's unacceptable. If it had been a Tory MP doing it, I suspect you'd have a different view.
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