By Dale, Iain
New Statesman (1996) , Vol. 139, No. 5013
Oona King is operating an innovative online campaign in her bid to beat Ken Livingstone to Labour's London mayoral nomination. She is inviting bloggers to her Docklands campaign centre to find out more about her policies, including, strangely, several right-wing Tory bloggers. I guess she reckons if a big tent worked for Bill Clinton, it can work for her. I'm still awaiting my invite from Ken ...
Hugh Orde has had to learn a lesson that ministers in the coalition should take note of: never threaten to resign unless you mean it. In November, he said he would resign as chair of the Association of Chief Police Officers if the coalition carried out its manifesto commitment to electing police chiefs locally. On 1 August, Emily Maitlis had him wriggling on The Andrew Marr Show. He sounded less like a policeman and more like the worst type of prevaricating politician.
Jonathan Oliver is the third Sunday Times political editor in a row, after David Cracknell and Michael Prescott, to depart for the comfier world of corporate PR. I hear several applications have already landed on the desk of the editor, John Witherow, but the word is that the woman to beat is Oliver's fragrant deputy, Isabel Oakeshott.
Like most people, I think the most impressive thing about Andy Burnham is his array of eyelashes. He also talks a good game, even if he is prone to the odd exaggeration. His latest attempt at being a man of the people has involved him slamming politicians (commonly known by the name of Miliband) for having had no life outside politics. …