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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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The Battle of Hastings

Guest post by Tom Doran
People like me know the script when it comes to defending Israel against its outright haters, the people currently attacking synagogues all over Europe in the name of Palestine. They are unhinged, implacable, terrifying… But for this very reason, a known quantity. We’ve been here before, again and again. We have [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 10:45 am

Ed Miliband’s unwise speech, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband’s unwise speech

Esteemed colleague Andrew Grice said: “Rarely in 30 years of reporting national politics have I seen such a candid, self-aware and self-deprecating speech.” Fellow Blairite zombie Daniel Hodges, on the other hand, thought it was “one of most breathtakingly cynical and hypocritical speeches I’ve ever seen delivered by a major British politician”.
I observe merely that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 July 2014 at 11:34 am

Voters say women promoted for “presentational reasons”, Eagle Eye

Voters say women promoted for “presentational reasons”

Voters are sceptical about the Government reshuffle, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.
Most people, 56 per cent, said women were promoted for “presentational reasons” and only 24 per cent said women were promoted “on merit”. Overall, only 20 per cent said the reshuffle improved my view of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 7:30 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
In addition to asking people how they intend to vote, we asked if people agree or disagreed with the following statements:
Politicians have probably covered up child sex abuse by other senior politicians in the past
Allegations of child sex abuse [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 10:33 am

What Harriet Said And What Harriet Meant, Eagle Eye

What Harriet Said And What Harriet Meant

Labour was embarrassed at PMQs by David Cameron reading out something Harriet Harman had said on LBC yesterday. But if you read the full transcript, helpfully provided by the Conservatives, it would seem that she was trying to explain why middle-income people pay more in tax than those on lower incomes.
Embarrassment over.
Questioner: I would like to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 16 July 2014 at 12:55 pm

Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness, Eagle Eye

Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness

Cross-post by Mugwump.
This 9,000-word article looks at why intelligence services around the world were so sure that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in 2003. I re-post it here because it is an impressive piece of work, bringing together evidence from a wide range of sources.
Photo of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 1:48 pm

The Rentoul Media Empire, Eagle Eye

The Rentoul Media Empire

Further to my post yesterday about more of my stuff appearing on Independent Voices, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday’s online and print comment section, and less of it appearing on the blog, the boffins have told me that there is an RSS feed on my author page, which includes my daily catch-up feature: [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 4 July 2014 at 10:40 am

Jobs Gloom for Ed Miliband, Eagle Eye

Jobs Gloom for Ed Miliband

I have a comment at Independent Voices on news of a skills shortage emerging in the jobs market. In this case, Ed Miliband’s difficulty in filling a vacancy for a “Head of the Leader’s Broadcasting”.
Increasingly, that is where my comments will appear. I have also moved the Catch-Up Service to Independent Voices, doing a weekday [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 4:33 pm

If Miliband got it right, Cameron would be finished, Eagle Eye

If Miliband got it right, Cameron would be finished

A bit slow getting to the article in yesterday’s Times (pay wall) by Dominic Cummings, Michael Gove’s brilliant former special adviser. He says he recently conducted focus groups in marginal constituencies with people who voted Conservative in 2010 but who were unlikely to do so next year. This research was for Business for Britain, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 27 June 2014 at 12:30 pm

Denis Healey’s son: “My father would have made a rubbish PM”, Eagle Eye

Denis Healey’s son: “My father would have made a rubbish PM”

Denis Healey – Classic Virgo
Guest post by Tim Healey (pictured right www.timhealey.co.uk)
A recent article in The Independent on Sunday (30 June 2013) itemises my father, Denis Healey, as number nine in its list of ‘The Best Prime Ministers We Never Had’.
Not so. I think my father would have made a rubbish prime minister. He [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 23 June 2014 at 9:00 pm

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