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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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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

Did my text kill my sister?, Eagle Eye

Did my text kill my sister?

Number 472 of the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked on the front cover of Cosmopolitan. According to my informant.
Who has read the article concerned and observes that texting and driving is not the fault of the person at the other end of a text exchange.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 24 December 2010 at 5:34 pm

Review of the Year in blogs, Eagle Eye

Review of the Year in blogs

Doing some housekeeping, so here is a random selection of blogs from the early part of the year.
Interview with Alastair Campbell, June.
The Air-Breathing Fish, March.
Cassandra unmasked, March.
Why I like Samantha Cameron, February.
The Disintegration of the SWP, February.
Correct Use of “Decimation”, February.
Anyone have any tips on blog archiving?

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 24 December 2010 at 3:39 pm

Do reindeer really enjoy eating magic mushrooms?, Eagle Eye

Do reindeer really enjoy eating magic mushrooms?

A seasonal Question to Which the Answer is No, number 471, asked by Pete Wedderburn, the Telegraph’s vet.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 24 December 2010 at 3:04 pm

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