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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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Yes Campaign for Voting Reform Stretches Lead

For tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, ComRes again asked people the official question that will be put in the referendum on changing the voting system. The Yes vote has gained from the don’t knows since last month:
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 7:30 pm

“Big Society Cover for Cuts”: Poll, Eagle Eye

“Big Society Cover for Cuts”: Poll

Not much joy for the Coalition in our ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Labour’s lead has firmed up at six points; our tracker questions on public spending cuts have all moved against the Government; and people are unimpressed by the Big Society.
Voting intention:
Con           [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 7:25 pm

Lifting the Yoke of NuLiebour Oppression, Eagle Eye

Lifting the Yoke of NuLiebour Oppression

Hurrah for the Freedom Bill, published yesterday.
Nick Clegg wrote a dreadful article for the Daily Telegraph to mark the historic occasion. It was riddled with clichés, including ”hard won British liberties” and the misuse of decimate, and rendered hard to read by bad grammar. As George Orwell said, bad writing betrays muddled thinking.
For those of you who have difficulty [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 12:00 pm

Poll Alert, Eagle Eye

Poll Alert

We have a ComRes poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, part of which is shared with the Sunday Mirror. In addition to voting intention, we have asked our battery of economic tracker questions and another set on the Big Society.
Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements:
I have never heard of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 10:08 am

It’s All Tony Blair’s Fault – Latest, Eagle Eye

It’s All Tony Blair’s Fault – Latest

It hardly counts, because it is the Daily Star, but it is good to see one corner of the British press maintaining the old traditions:
Jobless Blamed on Blair
(The online version has “Jobless Blamed on Tony Blair”, just in case anyone thought it was Lionel.)

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 9:10 am

Did Wyclef Jean help bring down Mubarak?, Eagle Eye

Did Wyclef Jean help bring down Mubarak?

Number 508 in the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by the New Statesman, with a supplementary, number 508b:
Is the Haitian rapper the real reason behind Mubarak’s exit?
It follows swiftly on from number 507, asked by Samuel Coates, in the matter of a book review in the Financial Times:
Is the internet [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 February 2011 at 10:09 pm

Will Royal wedding put people in an AV mood?, Eagle Eye

Will Royal wedding put people in an AV mood?

Number 506 in the increasingly ridiculous series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by the often embarrassing Yes campaign in the referendum on the Alternative Vote:
Around the wedding it will be a coming-into-summer, more optimistic, more of a yes mood.
Jim Pickard at the fine FT Westminster blog has repackaged this preposterous [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 February 2011 at 12:07 pm

Labour’s Lack of Leadership, Eagle Eye

Labour’s Lack of Leadership

I am baffled by the Labour leadership’s policy on votes for criminals. You can either be against giving criminals the vote or, if you are a principled eccentric, for it. I do not see how you can not take a view.
I can even understand, although I do not agree with it, why the Government decided [...]

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

Is Obama Already A War Criminal?, Eagle Eye

Is Obama Already A War Criminal?

I saved up this gem for number 500 in the series of Questions to Which the Answer is … Well, What Do You Think? Oliver Kamm spotted it, which is fitting, because I stole the idea for the series from him in the first place (although, as the series started at 94, I should perhaps [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 9 February 2011 at 9:52 pm

Rank Play-Acting, Eagle Eye

Rank Play-Acting

The irreplaceable Simon Carr is away, so The Independent has had to find some mug to replace him and I was hustled, mock-reluctantly, to his empty chair. I missed a trick in my “sketch” (what an inadequate word that is to describe what Carr does) of David Cameron’s sly triumphalism over Megrahi in the Commons [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 11:07 am

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