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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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“Murdoch wants to turn Sky News into right-wing news channel like Fox” (contd. p94), Eagle Eye

“Murdoch wants to turn Sky News into right-wing news channel like Fox” (contd. p94)

The Daily Mash sums up the “With One Bound Both Jeremy Hunt and Rupert Murdoch Were Free” dilemma for many of us:
One of the greatest Guardian reader conspiracy theories of the last 20 years was under threat last night after Rupert Murdoch agreed to sell Sky News.
Dozens of left-wing people across north London warned their [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 3 March 2011 at 10:17 pm

Qs to Which the A is 0 Bumper Edition, Eagle Eye

Qs to Which the A is 0 Bumper Edition

I’ve lost count because Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 entry may mean I have to go back and renumber them all. But a few more Questions to Which the Answer is No while the committee meets in emergency session:
Number 526, asked by Jon Craig at Sky:
Remember Tony Blair’s headlong dash to invade Iraq in 2003 without a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 2 March 2011 at 10:27 am

Is David Cameron eclipsing Barack Obama as a world leader?, Eagle Eye

Is David Cameron eclipsing Barack Obama as a world leader?

Number 523 in a series that keeps on giving, of Questions to Which the Answer is No. This one is asked by Nile Gardiner, one of the Pharaoh’s attendants at the Telegraph. No idea what he is on about.

Thanks to Graham, Mark Ferguson and Paddy Briggs.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 March 2011 at 9:52 pm

When History first came to a ., Eagle Eye

When History first came to a .

Delighted to discover two things about the title of Francis Fukuyama’s* famous essay and book.
One is that the essay was in fact one of the earliest entries in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, in that it had a question-mark. It was called The End of History? (while the book was called The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 March 2011 at 3:21 pm

Aid and Indian Billionaires, Eagle Eye

Aid and Indian Billionaires

I would have thought that the case against the UK taxpayer funding development aid to India was open and shut (although the Guardian inevitably tries to keep it ajar), but have been intrigued by repeated references to India having “three times as many billionaires” as Britain.
I traced it to this report in the Daily Mail [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 March 2011 at 12:06 pm

Why Labour should support free schools and GP commissioning, Eagle Eye

Why Labour should support free schools and GP commissioning

James Purnell confirms the cost to Labour of his departure from the Commons last year in an article in next month’s Prospect (subscription). He says he has been reading Hansard, the parliamentary record, to try to find out what Conservative plans to reform schools and the NHS actually are (as opposed to what columnists say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 28 February 2011 at 10:45 pm

“Banging the Drum Against Human Rights”, Eagle Eye

“Banging the Drum Against Human Rights”

I like to think that I can spot a Media Lens shill from two feet away from a computer screen. But Ellie Keen got past the defences and it was not until her third email that I detected the distinctive edge of hard-left psycho-ideology.
For those of you who are not familiar with this cult of admirers of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 27 February 2011 at 3:18 pm

Late Book Review, Eagle Eye

Late Book Review

The things you find on YouTube. An interview I did with US National Public Radio on the day of the publication of Tony Blair’s memoir, A Journey. It came up with a heading “Bush Derangement Syndrome”, which seemed apposite.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 27 February 2011 at 2:44 pm

Can your dreams predict the future?, Eagle Eye

Can your dreams predict the future?

Fast, and thick. Number 521 in the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by the Daily Mail on behalf of Richard Wiseman, professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.
The clue to to the answer lies in the full title of Prof Wiseman’s book, from which the two-page spread is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 February 2011 at 1:24 pm

Could Jim Davidson be reinvented for a 21st century audience?, Eagle Eye

Could Jim Davidson be reinvented for a 21st century audience?

Number 520 in the series asked by the BBC.
Thanks to PaulH61.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 February 2011 at 11:48 am

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