• Published on 3 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, UK

    “Talking the talk is all very well, but you also need to walk the walk” – the parting shot of the Chairman of the government’s Social Mobility Commission. Alan Milburn said he didn’t doubt the Prime Minister’s personal commitment to the issue, but he’d reluctantly concluded that Brexit is occupying much of her attention, to…

  • Published on 8 Mar 2016

    EU referendum and Whitehall slumbers

    You might have thought that today’s Cabinet would see fireworks, not least as it was preceded by a meeting of Political Cabinet with Boris Johnson turning up. But Mr Johnson had nothing to say.

  • Published on 21 Aug 2014 Sections FactCheck, Iraq, Uncategorised

    David Cameron will return to Cornwall later after interrupting his holiday over events in Iraq. Who is in charge while he is away from Downing Street?

  • Published on 23 Oct 2013 Sections Politics

    Police officers grilled over ‘plebgate’ meeting

    MPs have quizzed key figures from the police over the plebgate affair, which engulfed politician Andrew Mitchell last year.

  • Published on 25 Apr 2013 Sections Politics

    Johnson Minor and the Conservative manifesto

    If anyone knows the workings of Boris Johnson’s mind, it’s Jo Johnson, new head of No.10’s policy unit. But Johnson Minor’s instincts on Europe are not quite the same as his brother’s.

  • Published on 5 Nov 2012 Sections Politics, UK

    Cameron moves to clear up north Wales abuse scandal

    David Cameron’s personal assurances to the man at the centre of the north Wales abuse allegations are a signal of the government’s intention to clear up what happened, Gary Gibbon writes.

  • Published on 31 Oct 2012 Sections Politics

    Chief whip tells No. 10 it’s lost

    No. 10 is saying the chief whip reckons the EU vote is lost, yet David Cameron is still meeting backbenchers. Is this dark arts stuff from No. 10 using the media to secure a victory?

  • Published on 13 May 2010

    Inside the forbidden garden

    The wisteria in full bloom, the grass mown, and the Downing Street garden – for so long a neglected and unpretty place – seemed to have been left much improved by its departing tenants. Only a dark parched patch in the middle of a lawn stood testament to the little wendyhouse Fraser and John Brown…

  • Published on 22 Feb 2010 Sections Politics

    Christine Pratt ‘still vague’ on Downing Street bullying claims

    Christine Pratt of the National Bullying Helpline is “still a bit vague” about just how many complaints came through to her organisation from Downing street, blogs Gary Gibbon.

  • Published on 21 May 2009

    A day of miscalculation by the political classes

    How convenient, the Whitsun break. Have you ever wondered how many weeks the political classes absent themselves in a year? But the problem today is not absenteeism. In some cases it’s a lack of it.

  • Published on 20 Apr 2009

    In the Loop but out of touch

    I went to see In the Loop last night, a romp around New Labour spin doctors. Thin plot, thin skeleton to hang some very funny jokes. It’s a pity in a way, because it over simplifies the spin doctory. It isn’t all ‘attack dog’ and ‘filth’. There is also a very sophisticated subjugation of truth, and…

  • Published on 15 Apr 2009

    On G20 day, we had nothing better to do

    You may have found the past few days of revelations concerning the inner workings of Downing Street, a heartbeat from the prime minister, hard to credit. But how about this? On the day the G20 summit met in London’s Docklands, we asked people – mainly via Twitter – to keep an eye open for anyone…

  • Published on 15 Apr 2009

    Downing Street rat revealed

    Spotted by our cameraman yesterday – the Downing Street rat. After the Damian McBride affair, Brown’s opponents might ask whether it is a rat leaving a sinking ship?

  • Published on 14 Apr 2009

    Damian McBride and me

    For those of us who intersect with the Downing Street Press Office from beyond the confines of the Westminster lobby, the revelations regarding Damian McBride came as little surprise. Uncouth would be a kind description of the man, charmless would perhaps be more accurate. After all, he was seemingly known as Mad Dog to his…