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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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Liz Kendall’s speech at Reuters, Eagle Eye

Liz Kendall’s speech at Reuters

Here is the text of Liz Kendall’s speech, “Responsibility and Reform”, delivered at Reuters this morning. (Photo: George Eaton.)
Today I’m here to talk about how Labour restores its economic credibility. How we become the responsible government this country needs – and the reforming government it deserves.
In today’s interdependent world much of our prosperity depends on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at 10:57 am

Tony Blair and Michael Barber at the Strand Group, Eagle Eye

Tony Blair and Michael Barber at the Strand Group

Tony Blair came to the Strand Group at King’s College, London, my new academic home, yesterday, as the respondent for a talk by Michael Barber on his new book, How to Run a Government So that Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy.
The video is here and the transcript is below.
Michael Barber started by talking [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 12 June 2015 at 8:09 am

The rich get richer, and the poor get richer a bit faster, Eagle Eye

The rich get richer, and the poor get richer a bit faster

The subject of inequality in Britain ought to be central to politics, but most people have fixed ideas about what is happening to the gap between rich and poor that are not soundly based. I thought I should recap what we know, after a post by Flip Chart Rick drew attention to recent OECD figures, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 29 May 2015 at 8:28 pm

“All of us who are responsible for children’s education are betraying their futures with our failure”, Eagle Eye

“All of us who are responsible for children’s education are betraying their futures with our failure”

Liz Kendall is giving a speech today at De Montfort University in her Leicester West constituency. It is interesting. Here is the full text:
It’s always a pleasure to be at De Montfort University. As Earl of Leicester, Simon De Montfort summoned the first parliament that included citizens of major towns, not just the aristocracy.
Every Labour [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 29 May 2015 at 11:34 am

Election Result Pedantry, Eagle Eye

Election Result Pedantry

Three points about the 2015 general election result.
1. Members of Parliament
Conservative 331, Labour 232, SNP 56, Lib Dem 8, DUP 8, Others 11. Sinn Fein (do not take their seats) 4.
Sky News says Conservative 330, but this is because it excludes the Speaker. It makes more sense to include him in the Conservative total (see [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 4:03 pm

ComRes poll: Labour and Conservatives tied, Eagle Eye

ComRes poll: Labour and Conservatives tied

With less than a week to go until the election, the Conservatives and Labour are tied in the latest ComRes telephone poll for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.
Both are on 33% of the vote, having both fallen two points since the last ComRes telephone poll (for the Daily Mail on Wednesday). If [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 7:28 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. This is our only poll of the campaign, and it has been carried out by telephone instead of online, as our usual series has been.
In addition to voting intention, we asked the following questions.
From what you have seen [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 12:36 pm

That hung parliament scenario in full, Eagle Eye

That hung parliament scenario in full

I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely pointed out that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act meant that votes on a Queen’s Speech (a government’s programme for a new session of Parliament) or a Budget could no longer be declared matters of confidence and therefore could not [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 11:23 am

Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply

Ed Balls, the shadow Chancellor, was on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live. It was interesting because John Pienaar put to him some of the things that George Osborne might do in the Budget, and Balls seemed to be trying out lines for Labour’s response – although that will be delivered, according to convention, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 15 March 2015 at 8:08 pm

Green surge checked – ComRes poll, Eagle Eye

Green surge checked – ComRes poll

The Green surge appears to have stalled after Natalie Bennett, the party leader (right), suffered what she called a “brain fade” in a radio interview last month, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror. The Green Party has dropped four points in the Favourability Index since January, putting [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 8:20 pm

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