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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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Great Expectations, Eagle Eye

Great Expectations

Important and passionate article written by Peter Hyman about why he is setting up a free school in Newham in today’s Times, which you can read free on his website.
I was particularly impressed by his assessment of what is wrong with so many schools today:
Schools are too big; children in need of frequent support get lost; [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 12:11 pm

Are Cameron and Clegg cracking up?, Eagle Eye

Are Cameron and Clegg cracking up?

The Daily Mail website now seems to be devoted to parodies designed to trick me into adding its headlines to my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. I have fallen for it again. Here, thanks to my friend Graham (you don’t think I read this stuff myself, do you?), is number 608:
Are Cameron [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 5:41 pm

The finger and the flat hand, Eagle Eye

The finger and the flat hand

Anyone watching Prime Minister’s Questions on television (or what we must learn to call video, as live-streamed on computer) or listening on the radio will have missed the off-camera and off-microphone entertainment provided by Ed Balls.
While Ed Miliband and David Cameron were engaged in a six-round argument about whether NHS waiting times had risen or [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 3:12 pm

Did Tupperware invent social networking?, Eagle Eye

Did Tupperware invent social networking?

Number 606 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No,* is asked by the Daily Mail (seems to be website only).
Not sure if this was a different headline on the same story, “Did Tupperware parties change the lives of women?”, asked by the BBC yesterday, which I am not qualified to answer.
Thanks [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 9:48 am

Willetts and the Future of Conservatism, Eagle Eye

Willetts and the Future of Conservatism

I have just been to see David Willetts, the universities minister, deliver a lecture at the Mile End Group at Queen Mary. Which was strange after the flapdoodle all day over his musings about selling extra university places — “on a needs-blind basis” — to the highest bidder.
There was even a protest, consisting of about 12 young [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 10:04 pm

How many 2011 predictions will John Rentoul get right?, Eagle Eye

How many 2011 predictions will John Rentoul get right?

A fascinating question that was asked by Political Betting of my 28 December 2010 article in which I made the following four predictions for this year…

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 7 May 2011 at 6:10 pm

Here’s a Question We’re Not Going to Answer, Eagle Eye

Here’s a Question We’re Not Going to Answer

Wonderful blog about “The Four Kinds of New York Times Headlines” by Alex Leo (via Charles Arthur). They are…

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 6 May 2011 at 7:35 pm

1,000 words, Eagle Eye

1,000 words

Spectacular. Via Heidi N Moore.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 6 May 2011 at 2:13 pm

Time has run out for defence of indefensible, Eagle Eye

Time has run out for defence of indefensible

A correspondent asked me, as a defender of the academy schools programme, how I responded to the letter to the Times Educational Supplement last week, headlined “Time is running out for defence of indefensible”. It was from a group of people who looked as if they knew what they were talking about, saying that academies performed [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 6 May 2011 at 1:20 pm

Shades of Grey, Eagle Eye

Shades of Grey

I admire Jemima Khan. Her guest-edited edition of the New Statesman recently was a triumph. But her comment in this week’s edition, in which several notables were asked if they regretted voting Liberal Democrat in last year’s general election, contains a crashing non sequitur:
I was very clear about who I did not want to vote [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 5 May 2011 at 9:55 pm

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