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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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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

Is this the grave of Robin Hood?, Eagle Eye

Is this the grave of Robin Hood?

Number 554. An earlier version of the same story, right, was number 553 of my Questions to Which the Answer is … You get the idea.
Thanks to Maurice Cousins.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 April 2011 at 9:01 pm

Osama Bin Laden In Chicago?, Eagle Eye

Osama Bin Laden In Chicago?

Once again, Oliver Kamm, from whom I borrowed the idea of recording Questions to Which the Answer is No,* proves that the original is better than the cover. The above is a headline taken from Huffington Post, which Oliver spotted. Number 552 in a series more than halfway to its first thousand.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 April 2011 at 2:15 pm

“Yes, we would make two-thirds of the cuts”, Eagle Eye

“Yes, we would make two-thirds of the cuts”

Gratified to see Evan Davis (right), in his interview with Ed Miliband on the Today programme, use the same analysis of Labour’s policy on the deficit as my post on Tuesday. He asked Miliband to accept that Labour planned to cut spending by two-thirds as much as the Government intends to do: 63 per cent [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 31 March 2011 at 3:29 pm

The Interrogative Mood, Eagle Eye

The Interrogative Mood

Time for a Questions to Which the Answer is No special.
I have been reading The Interrogative Mood: A Novel? by Padgett Powell, recommended to me by a reader, which consists entirely of questions.
The first is:
Are your emotions pure?
It proceeds, mostly haphazardly, with occasional sustained sequences of linked questions, all of which belong to a characteristic [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 30 March 2011 at 10:26 pm

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