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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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Paxman Can’t Be Biased, Because Wossy Agrees With Him, Eagle Eye

Paxman Can’t Be Biased, Because Wossy Agrees With Him

Stan Rosenthal, who forced the BBC Trust to admit, three months after the event, that Jeremy Paxman was guilty of bias and in breach of the BBC Charter requirement of impartiality, has complained about his presenting of Newsnight last night.
Paxman opened an interview with Douglas Alexander, shadow foreign secretary (8′45″ in), by asking: “Are you [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 22 February 2011 at 8:55 pm

Did Jack the Ripper paint this?, Eagle Eye

Did Jack the Ripper paint this?

Number 516 in the illuminating series. Asked by the Daily Telegraph.
(It’s to do with the Walter Sickert theory. Or the Earl of Oxford. Or the Grassy Knoll. Or something.)
Thanks to Glyn.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 9:49 pm

The “Pariah State” Argument, Eagle Eye

The “Pariah State” Argument

By way of a further footnote to my column yesterday suggesting that Britain should pull out of the European Court of Human Rights while remaining signatory to the Convention, a correspondent takes issue with my rather compressed reference to the Chahal judgment of 1996. I wrote:
At other times [Tony Blair] and his home secretaries talked of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 7:30 pm

“Is Cameron leading us to a Big Society gay wedding in Westminster Abbey?”, Eagle Eye

“Is Cameron leading us to a Big Society gay wedding in Westminster Abbey?”

Number 515 in the preposterous series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Norman Tebbit. A big welcome back.
Actually, Tebbit’s blog post falls into the category, as Alan Beattie says, of QTWTAINBYWIWY – Questions To Which The Answer Is No But You Wish It Were Yes.
Thanks to Benjamin.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 4:10 pm

The Blair Doctrine: buried in Libyan sand?, Eagle Eye

The Blair Doctrine: buried in Libyan sand?

Number 514 in the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, a particularly thoughtless version of the standard anti-Blair sneer that has been around since things started kicking off in Egypt.
It runs along the lines of haha Blair propped up Gaddafi and went on holiday in Egypt and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 10:12 am

Round Objects, Eagle Eye

Round Objects

Which Cabinet minister has a specially-made ink stamp with which to print “BOLLOCKS” on papers in his or her red box to which he or she takes exception?
I was reminded of this eccentric stationery fact, vouchsafed to me by a reliable source, by my discussion with James Forsyth on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour this [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 20 February 2011 at 10:00 pm

Quitting the European Court of Human Rights: “Worth a Try”, Eagle Eye

Quitting the European Court of Human Rights: “Worth a Try”

By way of a footnote to my article in The Independent on Sunday about David Cameron’s trouble with the European Convention on Human Rights, I have had second thoughts.
It occurred to me after the newspaper went to press last night that the Prime Minister could escape the crash for which he seems to be setting himself [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 20 February 2011 at 3:58 pm

Is this the Monster of Lake Windermere?, Eagle Eye

Is this the Monster of Lake Windermere?

Too easy, as my informant says. Number 513, asked by Paul Byrne at the Mirror.
And bonus marks to Dr Ian Winfield, a lake ecologist at the University of Lancaster, who is quoted as saying:
It’s possible that it’s a catfish from Eastern Europe.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 19 February 2011 at 1:12 pm

Blue blood and red cheeks: does David Cameron look like King William IV?, Eagle Eye

Blue blood and red cheeks: does David Cameron look like King William IV?

Number 512 in the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Political Scrapbook.
Thank you to garlick47.
Number 511 was asked yesterday by Toby Harnden of the Telegraph:
Will Osama bin Laden end up at Guantanamo Bay?

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 18 February 2011 at 10:47 pm

Iraq war was built on lies. But not Tony Blair’s, Eagle Eye

Iraq war was built on lies. But not Tony Blair’s

Dreary anti-war regurgitation by Stephen Glover in the Daily Mail today. A new fact has surfaced – or, rather, has been confirmed – in that Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, the intelligence source known as Curveball, has told The Guardian that he made up some stuff about mobile biological weapons labs.
So Glover simply restates all the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 17 February 2011 at 3:56 pm

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