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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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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

Learn-and-Forget in Afghanistan, Eagle Eye

Learn-and-Forget in Afghanistan

How to explain Britain’s lack of success in Afghanistan? Matt Cavanagh, who was special adviser at the Ministry of Defence 2006-07 and then in No 10 for Gordon Brown 2007-10, has an important article in this week’s Spectator.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 April 2011 at 11:18 am

The Man With the Plan, Eagle Eye

The Man With the Plan

Tony Blair at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington yesterday was an unapologetic interventionist in Libya. “Let’s assume we get Gaddafi out,” he said, blithely. “We’re going to have to help build those [civil institutions]; we need to be players not spectators.”

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 8 April 2011 at 1:07 pm

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

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