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Tony Makara

While watching the David Cameron newsnight interview it struck me several times that the standard if interviewing was very poor. David Cameron performed well and would have performed even better if he had been interviewed by a Brian Walden or Jeremy Paxman.

David Cameron is a leader who sees beyond the standard macroeconomic/foreign policy remit of most prime ministers. Mr Cameron is a leader with an eye on social policy, a policy which has been ignored by previous premiers. This I think has unsettled political commentators like Stephanie Flanders who are not used to the socially conscious politican and really don't know what questions to ask. So we end up with a GCSE standard debate where David Cameron is attacked for having been educated at Eton and having a wealthy wife.

If the BBC want proper political debate with gravitas they would do well to hire former politicans to do the interviewing. Brian Walden, in my view was the best, showed that debate can be aggressive, articulate, and actually tell us something about the person being interviewed.


I am not a natural Tory supporter Graeme but I do enjoy your article on a Sunday morning. I find it witty and very informative.
I cannot always agree with your politics but you would be surprised how much more unites us than divides us.
I thoroughly agree with you regarding Bob Crowe. My honest opinion of this man I could not put to print for fear of offending people and you may be pleasantly surprised to find a lot of other Labour supporting people agree with both you and myself about this disruptive individual.
Unfortunately he is leading sheep, brainless morons who do not realise that these stupid strikes are a thing of the past and nothing can be gained from them.
Please keep your mini-tours of London up they are very interesting.



Just enjoyed reading your piece, including the literary parts. Maybe you could continue that theme with recent novels set in London - OK, not Brick Lane maybe. I think Zadie Smith evokes modern London very well and loved "On Beauty" (half London, half New England). Have you read it and did you like it? I'm wondering whether part of the appeal is heterosexual.

But I am really posting out of curiosity (a) with total moderation, what time will this go up in the morning (posting at around 1.45am) and (b) what on earth were you doing in Bishopsgate at 7.30am on a Sunday morning? I know and (sort of) love it most hours of Monday to Friday, but Sunday 7.30am??

Graeme Archer

Hello Londoner. Well spotted (the lack of proper chronicity in this week's piece!). I wrote the first bit at Bishopsgate at half seven last Thursday (that's me sat outside Cafe Nero every morning, tapping away) and then the last couple of paragraphs somewhat later in the day!

I loved On Beauty. It's Howard's End really innit. But reworked so magnificently. I have not read White Teeth - would you recommend?

Hello Effie. You wrote such very nice comments - thank you very much. I am in paroxysm of terror every Saturday night, waiting for this to go online, and it's incredibly nice to get such nice feedback.

(Hello Tony too!).


thank you very much. I am in paroxysm of terror every Saturday night, waiting for this to go online, and it's incredibly nice to get such nice feedback.

Just nerves, however if you keep this standard up they will soon go and I am glad you do not come over as insulting to Labour voting people as I am sure you realise that each has their own reasons and opinion for voting one way or another.
There is much more that unites people in this country than divides them and it would not do for everybody to be the same.
This is what makes people so interesting.
My grandmother was born within the sound of the Bow Bells making her a real cockny, I know nothing of that area and would be glad to be educated on the area.
As I am nearly seventy you will realise that London in her day was very much down and out, I do believe she came from Bethnall Green but could not put my hand on heart to swear that as a fact.
My Grandfather was a ships painter on the docks.



So, by implication, you didn't find the heterosexual sex in "On Beauty" leaving you cold? (And written by such a sexy person as Zadie is too, but that'll pass you by.) Maybe I should try that Hollingsworth (?) 1980s political/gay novel to see if that works both ways. I presume you have read it?

Yes, I would recommend White Teeth - not as deep characterisation as On Beauty but a rip-roaring plot with even more well-observed multi-racial London in it. Her second, Autograph Man, is much weaker and I did not finish it.

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