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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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Iraq: “honest people did and can still disagree”, Eagle Eye

Iraq: “honest people did and can still disagree”

Another fine anonymous contribution to the Groundhog debate about the Iraq invasion by rms3, whose comment on my blog I wrote about here. Today rms3, who opposed the invasion but from a reasonable perspective, has replied to Johann Hari:
Much as I admire your writing in general and the intent and spirit behind this piece, I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 29 January 2011 at 12:06 pm

Chirac changed mind on Iraq, Eagle Eye

Chirac changed mind on Iraq

Good letter from Denis MacShane, who was in 2003 a Foreign Office minister, in The Independent today:
Nicholas Wood is being economical with history when he describes ex-President Chirac’s famous March 2003 interview in which he announced France would veto a second UN resolution on Iraq (letter, 27 January). Chirac made his statement not once but [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 28 January 2011 at 11:43 am

Son of Brown, Eagle Eye

Son of Brown

Anthony Wells at UK Polling Report summarises attitudes to parties and leaders in Ipsos-MORI’s latest poll:
For David Cameron, 30% of people like both him and his party, 39% like neither. 17% like Cameron but not his party, 7% like the Conservatives but not Cameron. Hence, in total Cameron is liked by 47% of people (down 6 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 12:11 pm

“The biggest and most far-reaching mistake”, Eagle Eye

“The biggest and most far-reaching mistake”

No, I haven’t read much of Gordon Brown’s book, Beyond the Crash. My faltering and dutiful attempt prompted musings on the fascinating and life-enhancing qualities of ditch water.
In my defence, I can only say that few others have made much more progress. Or else someone would have reported by now, seven weeks after it was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 9:44 pm

Groundhog Spat with Johann, Eagle Eye

Groundhog Spat with Johann

I was sorry to see my friend Johann Hari (below), who once supported the invasion of Iraq, repeating some of the most awful and untrue anti-war propaganda in a Groundhog post on this blog. He says that the war “has led to the death of a million people”.
He has said it before (only it was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 8:01 pm

Did Blair mislead the Inquiry?, Eagle Eye

Did Blair mislead the Inquiry?

One thing for which I respect Chris Ames is that, in his detailed knowledge of Tony Blair’s role in the Iraq war, he is as impatient as I am with the tedious misreporting of the Chilcot inquiry by the antiwar media.
He’s as antiwar as the rest of them, but that does not stop him joining [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 7:04 pm

Blossoming friendship, Eagle Eye

Blossoming friendship

I wonder if today’s Prime Minister’s Questions was one for the history books. David Cameron might have come up against the next Labour prime minister.
Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, elected last year, prefaced her question about capping the cost of credit by saying:
Last week the Prime Minister said something that I agree with: [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 3:55 pm

Denis Healey: “The figures are so often wrong”, Eagle Eye

Denis Healey: “The figures are so often wrong”

Denis Healey came to speak at the Mile End Group last night – the video is here. He was on characteristic form, presented by Peter (Professor the Lord) Hennessy and William Keegan (right), to an audience that included Nigel Lawson, David Owen, Joel Barnett, David Miliband, Andrew Adonis and mandarins from Healey’s time at the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 3:17 pm

Is the world’s largest super-volcano set to erupt for the first time in 600,000 years, wiping out two-thirds of the US?, Eagle Eye

Is the world’s largest super-volcano set to erupt for the first time in 600,000 years, wiping out two-thirds of the US?

Fabulous question for number 493 for my collection of those to which the answer is No. Asked by – you know – a newspaper. With a “How Journalism Works” second award for the use of “set to”.
Thank you to PaulH61.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 25 January 2011 at 1:40 pm

Ed Miliband’s Blind Side, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband’s Blind Side

I have now read and enjoyed Ed Miliband’s favourite book, Michael Lewis’s The Blind Side, and it is every bit as good as my correspondent said it was. I don’t know how good the film, starring Sandra Bullock, is, but it is a made-for-movies story. The fairytale of Michael Oher, a successful American footballer from [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 10:11 pm

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