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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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Could a fry-up followed by doughnuts be good for the heart?, Eagle Eye

Could a fry-up followed by doughnuts be good for the heart?

I know the Daily Mail has now hired people specifically for the purpose of ensuring that it is frequently plugged on this blog, but duty calls. Number 574 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked today (above).
Thanks to Patrick Hennessy.
And The Independent is playing catch-up, with number 575:
Has an [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 April 2011 at 3:39 pm

What kind of hypocrisy, again?, Eagle Eye

What kind of hypocrisy, again?

And if I did restart the Banned List, I would add “breathtaking hypocrisy”, as used by Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South-East, to describe the Prime Minister’s comments about his old university (right).
Well, it was either that kind or rank.
Thanks to Daniel Knowles, who pointed it out. And thanks to Adam Gray.
But, asks Damesignora, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 9:30 pm

Social Mobility is Not Allowed, Eagle Eye

Social Mobility is Not Allowed

If I ever revive the  Banned List – and I am on the cusp – one of the first phrases to go on it will be social mobility. Nick Clegg last week made a speech and published a document on the subject. Faisal Islam at Channel 4 News summed up the Government’s new “strategy” thus:
1. Rename [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 13 April 2011 at 3:50 pm

The Nye Bevan Memorial Quiz, Eagle Eye

The Nye Bevan Memorial Quiz

We haven’t had a quiz for a while. So let’s have an NHS modernisation quiz. Who said this?
As society evolves, so too must the NHS. The Bill will deliver a modern NHS fit for the 21st century. It is the natural progression of the original vision to deliver the finest health care for all our [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 10:17 pm

Are these nails from the crucifixion?, Eagle Eye

Are these nails from the crucifixion?

Number 571 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by the Daily Doingitonpurpose.
Thanks to Arieh Kovler, who noted the original version of the question in Haaretz, a little more specific: “Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus?”
And to Benjamin, who noted the similarity to number 570, asked by the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 6:24 pm

Did Winston Churchill ever win an election?, Eagle Eye

Did Winston Churchill ever win an election?

Working Class Tory repeats a formative grievance of mine from an unusual perspective. It used to be a left-wing complaint that Labour won more votes in the 1951 election while the Conservatives won more seats. WTC complains that Winston Churchill was useless at winning elections, losing in 1945, 1950 — and “losing” in 1951.
In fact the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 12:19 pm

The Lib Dem Tax Sop, Eagle Eye

The Lib Dem Tax Sop

A belated footnote to the exchange I had with Matt Chorley, my brilliant colleague, in the pages of The Independent on Sunday about Nick Clegg. The feature arose because, after the Deputy Prime Minister’s interview with Jemima Khan in the New Statesman in which he said he sometimes cried listening to music, some of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 12 April 2011 at 10:27 am

Is George Osborne the Martin Luther King of the Coalition?, Eagle Eye

Is George Osborne the Martin Luther King of the Coalition?

First the Daily Mail, now Paul Waugh. Doing it on purpose. Trying to get into the world-famous list of Questions to Which the Answer is No. It is a good question, though, even if the MLK connection is so tenuous you can see through it. Number 569.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 11 April 2011 at 6:59 pm

Competition in health care saves lives, Eagle Eye

Competition in health care saves lives

It may be hard to persuade the great British public of this, but it would be a more honest message than the current obfuscations of Andrew Lansley, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, which I discuss in The Independent on Sunday today.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 10 April 2011 at 10:39 pm

“Interesting … and yet somehow deeply dull at the same time”, Eagle Eye

“Interesting … and yet somehow deeply dull at the same time”

That was Patrick Hennessy’s response, which I was thinking of having carved on my biodegradable memorial plaque, when I drew attention to these fascinating facts in Professor John Curtice’s article on the unimportance of the Alternative Vote in this month’s Parliamentary Brief…

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 April 2011 at 6:24 pm

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