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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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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

Best Subsidised Blair-Hating Film, Eagle Eye

Best Subsidised Blair-Hating Film

Publicly-funded Blair-hating film wins publicly-funded European Film Academy prize. The story of The Ghost, Roman Polanksi’s film (right) of Robert Harris’s self-loathing book, gets worse. I have previously reported John Rosenthal’s discovery that the film received nearly €5m in taxpayer subsidy.
It turns out that this figure, mostly from German taxpayers but including €590,000 from EU [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 27 December 2010 at 10:26 pm

January, in blogs, Eagle Eye

January, in blogs

Back to January 2010 in my blog archiving (yes it is going slowly; yes there have been interruptions). I enjoyed reminding myself of these:

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 December 2010 at 6:19 pm

A Walk Up and Down Victoria Street, Eagle Eye

A Walk Up and Down Victoria Street

My entry for Embittered Plonker (I think it means Blairite) of the Year is my essay on the uninevitability of politics in The Independent on Sunday today, in which I take a sideswipe at James Callaghan.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 December 2010 at 4:24 pm

Coalition over already, Eagle Eye

Coalition over already

Search for “coalition agreement” on Google and it finds the pdf of the document on the Cabinet Office website.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 December 2010 at 1:55 pm

The Ten Worst Predictions for 2010, Eagle Eye

The Ten Worst Predictions for 2010

1. “I pledge to vote against any increase in fees in the next parliament.” Nick Clegg (right), Vince Cable, Danny Alexander and twenty-five other Liberal Democrat MPs failed to predict that they would vote in favour of an increase in fees (or abstain).

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 December 2010 at 11:30 am

Year-End Blues, Eagle Eye

Year-End Blues

It’s that time of year again. The last edition of The Independent on Sunday of 2010. Time to look back over the past year and think what might have been. Alan Johnson as prime minister, in my case. In Nick Clegg’s case, he must look back at that sunny day in the garden of No 10 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 December 2010 at 11:04 am

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