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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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After the whistle, Eagle Eye

After the whistle

Ryan Gallagher for the New Statesman has compiled an interesting list of seven great whistleblowers. They are:

Joe Darby (Abu Ghraib)

Daniel Ellsberg (the Pentagon Papers)

Mark Felt (Watergate)

Katharine Gun (bugging the UN)

Clive Ponting (the Belgrano)

Frank Serpico (NYPD corruption)

Mordechai Vanunu (Israel’s nuclear weapons programme)

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 April 2011 at 10:58 pm

Is this the world’s first gay caveman?, Eagle Eye

Is this the world’s first gay caveman?

Number 566 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No was asked by the Daily Mail until it changed the headline. Perhaps they forgot that I was onto them. Fortunately, PaulH61, who spotted it, kept an old link and I recovered the old front page from the cache (left).

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 April 2011 at 9:26 pm

Blair: “Libya is less like Iraq and more like Kosovo”, Eagle Eye

Blair: “Libya is less like Iraq and more like Kosovo”

Tony Blair, interviewed in Denmark, gives his clear view on the situation in Libya for the first time (in one short interview with The Times, pay wall, he spoke only of his phone calls to Colonel Gaddafi).

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 10:33 pm

Could a doctor’s daughter from Acton — now Syria’s first lady — stop the bloodshed?, Eagle Eye

Could a doctor’s daughter from Acton — now Syria’s first lady — stop the bloodshed?

It is one of those days. Everywhere I turn there is another Question to Which the Answer is No. Number 558 (above) is from the Daily Nowdoingitonpurpose. (Thank you to Anthony Cox.)

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 9:32 pm

The Non-Syllabic Prime Minister, Eagle Eye

The Non-Syllabic Prime Minister

Peter Mandelson was at the Mile End Group last night, to mark the move of Clement Attlee’s statue to Queen Mary, University of London.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 4:10 pm

Can Murder Ever be an Acceptable Response to Book Burning?, Eagle Eye

Can Murder Ever be an Acceptable Response to Book Burning?

A headline worthy of the number 557 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. An outstanding contribution, from an American website called Family Security Matters. Which of course it does.
Intensely grateful to Padraig Reidy for spotting this one.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 at 2:57 pm

The Wisdom of Mr Clynes, Eagle Eye

The Wisdom of Mr Clynes

I apologise for returning to the subject of electoral reform in The Independent on Sunday today. I had promised not to do so until the referendum, but the editor decided that the official launch of the “Yes” campaign constituted a national emergency.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 3 April 2011 at 4:19 pm

March for What Alternative?, Eagle Eye

March for What Alternative?

In my restless search for clarity about the Alternative for which so many people marched last weekend, I have sought to answer a couple of questions posed to me by a friend who wasn’t on the march but was sympathetic to it.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 5:47 pm

Are US government microwave mind-control tests causing TV presenters’ brains to melt down?, Eagle Eye

Are US government microwave mind-control tests causing TV presenters’ brains to melt down?

I realise that the Daily Mail is now doing it on purpose, and that it did not have the conviction to put this in the print version of the newspaper, although the print headline, left, is a minor masterpiece in its own right.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 April 2011 at 12:11 pm

Lansley: “We expected some concern”, Eagle Eye

Lansley: “We expected some concern”

Andrew Lansley has a letter in today’s Times (pay wall), which tries to clarify – if that’s the correctly ambiguous word – the Government’s NHS changes…

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 April 2011 at 9:50 pm

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