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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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A Government Exhausted, Eagle Eye

A Government Exhausted

I have just caught up with this fine study of Labour backbench dissent under Gordon Brown, by Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart (subscription). It describes a government and parliamentary party in a state of advanced psychological and political decay.
I remember being puzzled as a pupil by the explanation we were given at O-level for Clement [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 1:37 pm

The People’s Capitalism, Eagle Eye

The People’s Capitalism

Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, argued for a stronger fiduciary duty on the managers of investments yesterday. He moved a Ten Minute Rule Bill yesterday, which is a way to “test Parliament’s opinion” rather than to make new law. He said:
Over the decades, the Labour movement has championed workers rights. Now we must champion the rights [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 9:18 am

Top 30 Tautologies, Eagle Eye

Top 30 Tautologies

Following on from a piece in the Independent on Sunday, John Rentoul offers us some more tautologies

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 7:54 am

Collins report on Labour rule changes: instant reaction, Eagle Eye

Collins report on Labour rule changes: instant reaction

As Labour’s National Executive meets, it seems there may now be three categories of voter in future leadership elections

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 at 1:46 pm

Contest of Names, Eagle Eye

Contest of Names

The Seattle Seahawks might have won the Super Bowl, but they were roundly trumped by their opponents roster of names

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 3 February 2014 at 6:41 pm

I win 50p, Eagle Eye

I win 50p

The cut in the top rate of income tax from 50p in the pound to 45p, announced in 2012 and taking effect last year, was one of the big mistakes David Cameron and George Osborne made.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 10:47 pm

Spoonerisms, Eagle Eye

Spoonerisms

John Rentoul offers some extra Spoonerisms you may have missed…

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 9:38 pm

Judo Leadership, or Appeasement?, Eagle Eye

Judo Leadership, or Appeasement?

Are parliamentary tactics like an evolutionary arms race? John Rentoul explains

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 8:52 pm

“Capitalism provides British travellers with the best-value holidays on the planet”, Eagle Eye

“Capitalism provides British travellers with the best-value holidays on the planet”

My esteemed colleague Simon Calder had a fine article in The Independent on Thursday about the higher costs of holidays outside school terms. It is not online for reasons unknown to me, so I reproduce it here.
What I like about it is the patient way Calder rolls with the punch of popular irritation at things [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 2:04 pm

Go Seahawks, Eagle Eye

Go Seahawks

I have a short comment in The Independent magazine today about why I am supporting the Seattle Seahawks in tomorrow’s Super Bowl. Spoiler: it is because their quarterback, Russell Wilson, is black. It is not a good reason, as I admit, but it is how I do American football. If one of my teams (Eagles [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 1 February 2014 at 12:23 pm

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