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John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning. Click here and 'like' to receive updates on Facebook

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Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll, Eagle Eye

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll

Most voters – male and female – think that Labour’s pink “Woman to Woman” bus patronises women, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. The poll finds 57 per cent of women and 55 per cent of men agree that, “by travelling around Britain in a pink [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 7:28 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month the poll showed Labour with a one-point lead over the Conservatives.
In addition to asking people how they would vote in the election, we surveyed attitudes to Harriet Harman’s pink bus, asking if people agreed or disagreed with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 10:39 am

Michael Gove: The Myth of the Zombie Parliament, Eagle Eye

Michael Gove: The Myth of the Zombie Parliament

Michael Gove, the Chief Whip, spoke at Policy Exchange today. Here is the text (cartoon by Political Satire Book of the Year award winner Martin Rowson, with his kind permission):
Unfashionable causes should always know they have an ally in me. Learning poetry by heart, keeping the Elgin marbles in the British Museum, allowing Wham to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 5 February 2015 at 7:41 pm

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010, Eagle Eye

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues that most Labour MPs and most Labour Party members are Blairites, in that they voted for David Miliband rather than for his brother.
The figures are all on the Labour Party website, but not in a form that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 5:27 pm

Contest of Names, Eagle Eye

Contest of Names

It is the Super Bowl on Sunday and once again one of the delights of the event is the names of some of the players.
As last year, I am supporting the Seattle Seahawks, and not because of their names, although Marshawn Lynch (pictured) is a great name as well as a great player. In this [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 26 January 2015 at 2:00 pm

Second-Guessing Chilcot, Eagle Eye

Second-Guessing Chilcot

The Independent today publishes an eight-page pull-out called The Iraq Report by my good colleague Andy McSmith, which is billed as an attempt to tell the story that the Chilcot report will tell when it is eventually published.
It is conveniently shorter than the actual Chilcot report, which is a million words with a large number [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 6:34 pm

Election Predictions, Eagle Eye

Election Predictions

The Independent on Sunday last weekend published the results of Iain Dale’s seat-by-seat assessment of likely outcomes at the general election.
Two weekends before, we published a Poll of Pollsters, aggregating the predictions, where they were prepared to make them, of the 10 bosses of the active polling companies in Great Britain.
The weekend before that, I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 January 2015 at 12:23 pm

Tory party more favourably regarded than Labour, Eagle Eye

Tory party more favourably regarded than Labour

More people feel favourable towards the Conservative Party than to Labour according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Despite the common view that voters prefer the Labour brand to the Tory one if the qualities of leaders is left to one side, 29 per cent say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 7:29 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. I will post the results here this evening. The full tables will be on the ComRes website.
As well as voting intention (we had a one-point Labour lead in the last ComRes online poll last month), we repeated our [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 12:57 pm

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber, Eagle Eye

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber

Great news from my new academic home, King’s College, London.
Sir Michael Barber (pictured), the directing mind behind public service reform in the second term of the Blair government, has agreed to publish his diaries as part of a PhD thesis to be written by one of our stars, Michelle Clement.
Sir Michael, head of the Prime [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 January 2015 at 2:40 pm

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