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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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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

A Shadow Chancellor from Outside the Shadow Cabinet?, Eagle Eye

A Shadow Chancellor from Outside the Shadow Cabinet?

Ed Miliband wanted his brother David to be shadow chancellor, rather than Ed Balls, when Alan Johnson stood down. So The Sun reported yesterday and it has not been denied. I can imagine why David was not keen: having to take orders from his brother, with whose politics he disagrees, while fending off the continuing [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 25 February 2011 at 2:40 pm

Will George Galloway retract his claim that Libya was framed?, Eagle Eye

Will George Galloway retract his claim that Libya was framed?

Number 519 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Oliver Kamm, referring to this article by George Galloway, and in the light of Libya’s former justice minister saying that Gaddafi ordered Lockerbie.
Before I have any complaints, Kamm is allowed to break the rules because I copied the series from him in the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 5:21 pm

Wallis and Gromit, Eagle Eye

Wallis and Gromit

I blame Ed Miliband for making all those silly Wallace and Gromit jokes. Marvellous error on the front page skyline of The Guardian yesterday.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 4:02 pm

The New New New No 10, Eagle Eye

The New New New No 10

Luxuriating in feeling very old, I read Tim Montgomerie’s description of “the new 10 Downing Street” as if from another planet. It is only the millionth time since about 1854 that the organogram of the prime minister’s office has been redrawn in an attempt to achieve Montgomerie’s three goals: to “force Whitehall to focus” on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 12:50 pm

Is Tony Blair secretly backing the No2AV cause?, Eagle Eye

Is Tony Blair secretly backing the No2AV cause?

I do not actually know the answer to this question, posed by Sunder Katwala on the basis of a line in a Benedict Brogan post, so it does not yet qualify as number 517 in my “illuminating“ series.
Katwala does a brilliant job of tracing Blair’s pretended interest in AV Plus, or AV Top-Up, the compromise system [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 10:17 pm

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