I recently re-read Patrick Hannan’s ‘Wales Off Message’. Published in 2000 the events and misadventures in Welsh politics it recounts are all familiar to me although he always managed to find a new angle from which to view those events or a undiscovered nugget of fascination, such as Rhodri Morgan’s unprecedented tidying of his sock … More Patrick Hannan, ‘Wales Off Message’
Robert Shepherd’s ‘Westminster: a Biography’ covers the whole lifespan of the marshy island which became the centre of power and government in Britain. For me, Westminster has become a workplace and I often forget the history behind the buildings which have shaped the form of government operating in Britain. As a result of this book, … More Groom of the Stool: Robert Shepherd, ‘Westminster: A Biography’
Despite the title of this blog, there’s always just a little bit of politics floating around. I’m still recovering from the UK’s political parties’ conference season. Over the course of three weeks, I had short interviews with each of the three UK party leaders. You can see my interview with the Prime Minister David Cameron in Birmingham … More Party leaders interviews
In my day job I spend a lot of time interviewing people, but usually there’s not enough time to find out more about them. This year though I’ve had an amazing opportunity to do some much longer one-to-one interviews for an ITV Wales programme called Face to Face. You can watch each of the 13 … More Face to Face 2012
… and it’s a long one. My cameraman colleague at ITV Wales, Jerry Cross, was involved in an earlier experiment in Local TV in Swindon. He wrote a book about it. And I’ve written about that here.
Over at my ITV Wales blog – are talks on a Calman Cymru commission stalled or just relaxed?
There’s a new politics blogpost on today’s recall of parliament here.