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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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Blair (right) and Obama (left), Eagle Eye

Blair (right) and Obama (left)

Stripped of the local colour, Maguire is reporting that Blair thinks Obama too left wing or, in American taxonomy, too liberal.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 12:41 pm

Are the 2012 Olympics part of a plot to take over the world?, Uncategorized

Are the 2012 Olympics part of a plot to take over the world?

Top conspiracy theory, and number 461 in the series, from Steve Rose in The Guardian.
The mascots (right). They’re aliens. Apparently.
Thanks to Julie.

By | | Wednesday, 8 December 2010 at 11:02 pm

Do university tuition fees deter the poorest?, Eagle Eye

Do university tuition fees deter the poorest?

Might be a good moment to remind readers of number 200-something in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, which was asked by Stephen Tall at Liberal Democrat Voice more than a year ago.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 8 December 2010 at 3:52 pm

The Collapse of the Soviet Model, Eagle Eye

The Collapse of the Soviet Model

Maybe Andrew Lansley knows what he is doing after all.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 December 2010 at 10:35 pm

Jack Straw: not mad so far as he can tell, Eagle Eye

Jack Straw: not mad so far as he can tell

“So far as I can tell, I’m not mad.”

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 December 2010 at 5:30 pm

Clegg vs Clegg, Eagle Eye

Clegg vs Clegg

Before we leave Nick Clegg’s interview with Matt Chorley on Sunday, a maths exam for you:
1. Reconcile:
(a) “I spent months, much to the anguish of officials here, getting them to work up proposals on a graduate tax. There is no way you can work up proposals on a graduate tax which are either more workable [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 December 2010 at 1:25 pm

Crime, punishment and car crashes, Eagle Eye

Crime, punishment and car crashes

Crime and punishment has looked like one of the Coalition’s weak spots since the start, and Kenneth Clarke would have been specially vulnerable if Ed Miliband had not decided to try to out-liberal the Government on the issue.
Now Clarke is telling the BBC that he is ditching Tory election promise that anyone found carrying a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 6 December 2010 at 6:38 pm

Could scientists be on the verge of inventing a Dr Who-style sonic screwdriver?, Eagle Eye

Could scientists be on the verge of inventing a Dr Who-style sonic screwdriver?

Number 459 in the world-famous series is asked by the Daily Mail today.
Thanks to Torybear, aka Harry Cole.
As a bonus pedantry point, I think that Doctor Who does not take the contraction Dr. This is something that I discovered years ago in the steam age of Google, when searching for the short form.
Meanwhile, the great [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 6 December 2010 at 3:06 pm

Privilege and Inequality, Eagle Eye

Privilege and Inequality

This is the first sentence of Ed Miliband’s article in The Observer:
A defining test of this government will be whether their plans to cut the deficit and roll back the state will entrench privilege and inequality still further.
What does he mean “still further”? Is he saying that privilege and inequality were further entrenched during the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 December 2010 at 9:27 pm

Is Mike Hancock MP a threat to national security?, Eagle Eye

Is Mike Hancock MP a threat to national security?

We’re up to number 458 now in my Questions to Which the Answer is No. This one is asked by Max Wind-Cowie at Muscular Liberal, apparently seriously, about today’s spy scandal concerning Katia Zatuliveter, a Russian research assistant to a Liberal Democrat MP.
File under Reds Under the Beds (Comedy).
Thanks to farneygirl1.
Photograph via the BBC.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 December 2010 at 7:31 pm

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