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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 2010 “Questions to Which the Answer is No” Awards, Eagle Eye

The 2010 “Questions to Which the Answer is No” Awards

After a mid-year round-up of the best to date of the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, I am now in a position to announce the best of 2010.
457. Has Marilyn Monroe been reincarnated as a shop assistant called Chris? The Committee was unanimous, one vote to nil, in declaring this (right) Overall [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 1 January 2011 at 3:21 pm

“The year that defied prediction”, Eagle Eye

“The year that defied prediction”

Dan Hodges reviews 2011:
Ed Miliband raised eyebrows when he claimed that his favourite sporting memory was watching Kenny Dalglish slide the ball through Ray Clemence’s legs at the 1976 England v Scotland home international. It later transpired that the seven year old Miliband had actually been attending a meeting of the Woodcraft Folk at the time.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 December 2010 at 2:07 pm

Keep the stupid phone, Eagle Eye

Keep the stupid phone

The New York Times has “10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology” today (thanks to Ian Birrell). They are useful, although I disagree with no 1 and don’t see the point of nos 4, 9 and 10.
1. GET A SMARTPHONE
2. STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER
3. UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS TO THE CLOUD
4. GET MUSIC OFF [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 December 2010 at 12:34 pm

The Anti-War Crowbar Prize, Eagle Eye

The Anti-War Crowbar Prize

Prize for most gratuitous WMD reference in unfunny article goes to Ian Silvera at Labour Uncut, for this:
Christmas is a holiday dedicated to a mythical event in the middle-east. Not Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, but the birth of Jesus of Nazareth our Lord Saviour and the main idol of the Christian religion.
Don’t call [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 5:40 pm

Smart on crime, smart on the causes of crime, Eagle Eye

Smart on crime, smart on the causes of crime

Kamala Harris has just been elected Attorney General of California. She has written an article headlined “Smart on crime“.
You read it there first.
Space, watch this.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 11:55 am

Groundhog Hate 2011, Eagle Eye

Groundhog Hate 2011

Oh, so there is still life in the piranha tank. I tossed in a casual update about a taxpayer-funded Blair-hating film and seem to have stirred the Blair-haters rather than the people who pay their taxes to have the Blair-haters confirmed in their prejudices.
There will be more of this Groundhog Hate in 2011. First, when [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 10:40 pm

A “blank sheet of paper”?, Eagle Eye

A “blank sheet of paper”?

The Labour Yes to Fairer Votes campaign has responded to the publication of the list of 114 Labour MPs supporting the No campaign thus:
It is a shame that some Labour MPs who so recently stood on a manifesto supporting a referendum on the Alternative Vote have chosen short term tactical gain above the long term [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 8:06 pm

The Banned List is back. Get over it, Eagle Eye

The Banned List is back. Get over it

Apologies, but I must re-open the Banned List. “Get over it”. Get over it. Forthwith.
Thank you to Conor Pope, Alys and Calamitykate.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 28 December 2010 at 10:02 pm

Counting off the predictions for 2011, Eagle Eye

Counting off the predictions for 2011

I’ve risked the remaining shreds of my credibility by predicting the results of the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election* (Lab), the Welsh referendum (Yes), the Alternative Vote referendum (No) and the political effect of the economy, tax rises and spending cuts in 2011 (David Cameron gain).
This has earned me the doubtful accolade of a Political [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 28 December 2010 at 5:31 pm

Will Human Rights kill Christian assemblies in schools?, Eagle Eye

Will Human Rights kill Christian assemblies in schools?

It hardly counts, because it was written by a computer programmed to churn out Daily Mail articles to a template. But still, number 472 in the world-famous series.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 28 December 2010 at 11:33 am

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