PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers
- Sign up to see last 24 hours
Dont have an account?Sign up here
Thursday 12th December 2013
Where oh where will the global selfie race end?
Will David Cameron manage to persuade the Queen to get in on the act at his weekly audience?
Thursday 12th December 2013
Over 2,000 voters and non-voters were recently surveyed by political communications firm Lodestone to provide an insight into why some people don’t vote.
Among the questions asked by pollsters Survation was: ‘Which non-political public figure would you most like politicians to be more like?’
This was an open-ended question. Here are the top 10 responses.
1. Richard Branson
Parliamentarians often shy away from beards, but the success of Mr Branson in this survey (he takes the top spot with 126 nominations) could inspire a hair-raising rethink across Westminster. Could a Branson-esque beard propel Ed Miliband into Downing Street? Perhaps Labour spin doctors should take note. As well as being the owner of one the UK’s best-known beards, Mr Branson is also the hugely successful founder of the Virgin Group of more than 400 companies.
2. Stephen Fry
A man with many strings to his bow, Mr Fry is a much-loved actor, comedian, writer, presenter, directors and activist. He also famously went missing for several days in 1995, as often tends to happen with the Chancellor when the economy looks in trouble.
3. David Beckham
The former England and Man Utd legend is well known for posing for pics in his underwear. We were recently treated to photos of David Cameron topless on the beach while on holiday in Cornwall. Could this news inspire the Prime Minister to go even further next year?
4. Jeremy Clarkson
The UK’s best-known petrol-head is not always the most tactful of commentators. In 2011, he attracted 21,335 complaints to the BBC when he said of striking public sector workers: “I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.” Our advice to politicians is to ignore this entry, although Aidan Burley and Godfrey Bloom may have other ideas.
5. Alan Sugar
Would David Cameron and Ed Miliband curry more favour with the public if they conducted live TV reshuffles? The numerous nominations here for Lord Sugar suggest so. Alternatively, Dave could send the Cabinet out for a day to market a new cleaning product or have them treating unsuspecting tourists to open-top bus tours around Westminster.
6. The Queen
Her Maj isn’t seen too much these days, but her popularity soared last year after she appeared to jump out of a helicopter and parachute to the ground at the Olympic stadium. Boris take note: a zip wire stunt is not enough.
7. Simon Cowell
Mr Cowell is known by millions as the man who ruins the UK music charts every Christmas. Last year, The Justice Collective grabbed Number 1 spot from Mr Cowell with ‘He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother’. Ed Miliband, it could have been you.
8. David Attenborough
Sir David has been the face and voice of natural history programmes in the UK for 60 years. He wrote and presented the nine Life series, which collectively form a comprehensive survey of all life on the planet. Perhaps heading back to the constituency at the weekend isn’t enough after all.
9. Prince William
The eldest son of Charles and Diana and second in line to the throne, Prince William is a privileged white male with a vast personal fortune. If only members of the Cabinet could be more like him.
10. Jesus and Gandhi (in joint place)
Why oh why can’t our politicians be more like the central figure of Christianity and the pre-eminent leader and freedom fighter of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India?
Best of the rest
Although those surveyed were asked to give ‘non-political public figures’, a number of people mentioned political figures - most prominently Boris Johnson, who just missed out on a place in the Top 10. The Mayor of London was the 12th most popular response with 21 out of 2096 people – just over one percent – naming him.
Also in the top 20 were Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Dalai Lama, Angelina Jolie, Russell Brand, Alex Ferguson, Joanna Lumley, Princess Diana and Jamie Oliver.
Wednesday 11th December 2013
The Liberal Democrats have found a copy of David Cameron’s Little Black Book mentioned in his Spectator interview.
Find out what the PM “really” thinks about Wales and the North, human rights, Margaret Thatcher Day, “Adiran” Beecroft, and the “pesky Vince Cable” here.
Tuesday 10th December 2013
It’s been a tough few months/years for the junior Coalition partners, with UKIP frequently pushing them into fourth place in the opinion polls.
Fortunately Nick Clegg’s very festive Christmas card has gone down a treat, and the Lib Dem press office isn’t going to miss an opportunity to crow about it.
— Lib Dem Press Office (@LibDemPress) December 10, 2013
Here’s the card in full:
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) December 10, 2013
Monday 9th December 2013
No stranger to the hi-vis vest, George Osborne left his comfort zone to don an apron and a William Hague-esque baseball cap today.
Having not quite used up all of his sweeteners in last week’s Autumn Statement, Osbo made a Victoria Sponge.