Bobby Friedman
Bobby Friedman is a journalist and writer. He is the author of "Bercow: Rowdy Living in the Tory Party", the first biography of the Speaker of the House of Commons, which was published in 2011. He has also worked as a journalist for the BBC for a number of years, appearing as a presenter and reporter on TV and radio and as a producer on BBC Newsnight. He is a former President of the Cambridge Union

Entries by Bobby Friedman

Comedians in Politics: An Open Letter

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Dear Rupert

I've been a big fan over the years. I've enjoyed your witty asides, acerbic observations, and the time you got us all thrown out of a club for 'inappropriate dancing'. In fact, despite your ubiquity, you are consistently more funny than average (if your sample includes Sarah Teather,...

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Boris Johnson Wants to Be Prime Minister - And So Does Everyone Else

(1) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 6:04 AM

Monday night saw Michael Cockerell's much-hyped documentary on Eddie Mair's newly-christened "nasty piece of work", Boris Johnson. Much ink and Tory Party blood has been and will be spilled over the Mayor's squirming answers to the question of whether he'd like to be prime minister. The great revelation was that...

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Ed Miliband's EU Referendum pledge Shows Why He's Not Up to Being Prime Minister

(2) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 5:48 AM

Ed Miliband has been on the up. That's not saying much of course, because the starting point was that the public thought of him as a brother-knifing, out-of-touch geek who was largely incompetent (except at knifing his brother, that is). There wasn't really any lower for him to go, unless...

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Cameron Needs to Deal With Ukip, but He Should Stick to the Modernising Project

(27) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Over the past few weeks, the Ukip juggernaut has carried on careering through British politics, with the party even rising to 16% in one recent poll. With a coalition government making the former party for protest voters - the Lib Dems - now the party against whom people want to...

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Why Ed Miliband Can't Afford to Boycott Amazon

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 2:09 PM

Ed Miliband's interview in Grazia has a fair bit of good gossip concerning a man not many people are tempted to gossip about.

There is, however, one particular nugget that struck me. Ed admits that at the top of his Christmas list is a Kindle Fire. It's all about the...

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Tony Hall's Appointment Shows Why We Should Ignore Old School Ties

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 8:17 AM

There have already been rumblings about the fact that Tony Hall, the new director-general of the BBC, went to a private school. No doubt this will be picked up by papers such as the Guardian - which, as Michael Gove has pointed out, has had private school-educated male editors for...

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We Should Mourn Civilian Deaths Not Turn Them Into Political Pawns

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 5:47 PM

There will be plenty written about the situation in Gaza: there can be no other conflict where opinion is as entrenched on both sides as it is in the case of Israel. However, there is one, specific, point that keeps being brought up, which raises bigger questions about how wars...

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Don't Blame Libel Laws for Twitter's Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 5:09 AM

The Libel laws in this country are in dire need of reform. Mine is hardly an original view - anybody who has ever tried to have a serious work broadcast or printed in this country will have come across the problems that have hamstrung journalists for years. It's not just...

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Trenton Oldfield Deserves His Six Month Sentence

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 10:47 AM

So farewell Trenton Oldfield, sent to the slammer for 6 months for disrupting this year's Boat Race. Much as everyone seems to agree that he is a prize idiot without any meaningful cause except a desire to create a name for himself, there's been a bit of an outcry about...

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Sally Bercow Will Be a Big Brother Contestant

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2011 | 5:14 AM

Following all the speculation this week, I can exclusively reveal that Sally Bercow IS going to be a contestant on this year's Celebrity Big Brother, due to start on August 18th on Channel 5.

I gather from a source close to the negotiations that Sally was eventually persuaded by the...

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The Dangers of the Olympic Legacy

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 7:14 AM

When London won the Olympics, I picked up my drum and started banging on about what a great thing it was. There would be the chance to watch the most compelling event in sport in my back yard and the east end would finally have the chance to catch up...

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The Met Police Needs Leadership - And That Means Hugh Orde

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2011 | 7:00 PM

The resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson leaves a big hole at the top of the Metropolitan Police. Stephenson's position had become untenable, but there's no denying that he had been doing a solid job until he was engulfed in the hacking scandal, and the expressions of sadness at his resignation...

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Closing Murdoch's Papers Could Kill Opinion

(16) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 4:20 PM

The "rogue reporter" theory of hacking at the News of the World has been shown to be utterly absurd, as made up as much of what goes into some of the more desperate pages of a tabloid newspaper.

Now, following today's allegations that the Sun and the...

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