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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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Is this like Blair rage?, Eagle Eye

Is this like Blair rage?

The vicious tone of some of the opposition to Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrat leadership over tuition fees raises the question of whether something deep and unpleasant has changed in our political culture.
Probably not. I seem to remember people being vitriolic about Margaret Thatcher, calling her a fascist and singing songs about her death. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 10 December 2010 at 10:04 pm

The Science of European Diplomacy, Eagle Eye

The Science of European Diplomacy

Nice line from Tim Bale, historian of the Cameron Conservative Party, in the current Parliamentary Brief, on the Prime Minister’s Euro-pragmatism…

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 4:15 pm

The New Che Guevara?, Eagle Eye

The New Che Guevara?

The Times T2 section asks number 462 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No on its cover, featuring Aaron Porter, president of the National Union of Students.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 9 December 2010 at 12:47 pm

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

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