Football in the Covid anti-Goldilocks zone

Leyton Orient had a big game due on Tuesday against Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup. It would have had huge emotional resonance, since Tottenham’s captain Harry Kane, who spent some time at Orient on loan, has paid to sponsor…

The push for “back to the office”

This tweet caught my eye at the weekend from @DiscordianKitty: One fun thing about being a Millennial is we’ve been told repeatedly that eating out is irresponsible and if we do it we deserve to not be able to afford…

Of masks and madmen

Of masks and madmen

I found myself addicted today to flicking through the pictures coming through on social media from Trafalgar Sq of the London anti-mask anti-Covid demo. I looked through over 100 and was reading every single sign that was visible. There was…

You failed

I can’t stop thinking about how I was predicted really high grades then tanked my A-levels, but that this year I’d have probably got close to my expected grades and someone else in my year would have been given the…

“You are part of our gang” – running news social media accounts during an election campaign

“You are part of our gang” – running news social media accounts during an election campaign

Having run social media accounts for both the Mirror and the Guardian during election and referendum campaigns, here’s a long rambling brain dump about the whole thing… I suppose one of the things that has driven my career over nearly…

“Did the British press cause Brexit?” – notes from a panel session at #ijf17

“Did the British press cause Brexit?” – notes from a panel session at #ijf17

I’ve been at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, where on a lovely sunny day in a beautiful Italian palazzo, several British journalists gathered to talk about #Brexit, and the role the British press had played in the Leave vote….

“How we got the final #Brexit poll wrong” – Ben Page of Ipsos Mori at #ijf17

I’m at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, and here are my notes from a session called “Pollsters or astrologists? The social role of opinion polls in politics” which featured Ben Page, the CEO Ipsos Mori “If I tell you…

‘Little c’ christmas is fine – it is ‘Big C’ Christmas that people fear disappearing

Look, I enjoy laughing about “The War on Christmas” as much as anyone. Is anything funnier than knowing that you are annoying someone by wishing them a “Wonderful Winterval”? Or explaining that it is only because of political correctness that…

Polls, polls, lov-er-ly polls

Polls, polls, lov-er-ly polls

One of the stories to come out of the 2015 General Election was how wrong the polling was in advance, and since then pollsters have been investigating how it went wrong: “This week’s Polling Inquiry — what you need to know in…

“People are on social media, so do it on social media” – Buzzfeed’s Tom Phillips on #GE2015 at News Impact Summit London

Last week I was at the News Impact Summit London, and the first panel session was about coverage of the recent UK General Election, a subject rather dear to my heart. It featured Miranda Green, Buzzfeed’s Tom Phillips, ITV’s Jason…