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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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Deer Fairs, Eagle Eye

Deer Fairs

Some things on the internet at which I looked today:
Christian Wolmar, on the “steep rale fare rises”,* which he seems to accept will not stop the growth in rail use, especially with petrol so expensive.
Fraser Nelson, on why Lib Dems can save their seats only by joining the Tories: “If you support Cameron’s govt, why [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 January 2011 at 11:36 pm

Watch this, er, space, Eagle Eye

Watch this, er, space

Grant Shapps, the housing minister (right), does not emerge well from the application of the principle that “Everything before the ‘but’ is bullshit“:
This government absolutely supports peoples’ aspiration to own a home. But we also believe that [property] should be primarily thought of as a place to be your home.
Choice timing for Shapps’s Observer interview, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 January 2011 at 4:29 pm

How the Baby Boomers Stole Their Children’s Future, Eagle Eye

How the Baby Boomers Stole Their Children’s Future

I have an article in The Independent on Sunday in which I observe that David Willetts, who started the year as author of The Pinch, a polemic subtitled How the Baby Boomers Stole Their Children’s Future, ended it as universities minister, engaged in stealing our children’s future and requiring them to pay for it at 9 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 January 2011 at 2:35 pm

Left hand: Make work pay; Right hand: Not, Eagle Eye

Left hand: Make work pay; Right hand: Not

Chris Grayling, Employment minister (right), said it again yesterday:
We are reforming the welfare system to ensure that work always pays.
Perhaps someone could ask him how that principle is compatible with Nick Clegg’s wizard scheme to pay tuition fees, worth up to £18,000, to students from workless households who have been on free school meals.
Update: Apologies for [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 1 January 2011 at 4:28 pm

The 2010 “Questions to Which the Answer is No” Awards, Eagle Eye

The 2010 “Questions to Which the Answer is No” Awards

After a mid-year round-up of the best to date of the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, I am now in a position to announce the best of 2010.
457. Has Marilyn Monroe been reincarnated as a shop assistant called Chris? The Committee was unanimous, one vote to nil, in declaring this (right) Overall [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 1 January 2011 at 3:21 pm

“The year that defied prediction”, Eagle Eye

“The year that defied prediction”

Dan Hodges reviews 2011:
Ed Miliband raised eyebrows when he claimed that his favourite sporting memory was watching Kenny Dalglish slide the ball through Ray Clemence’s legs at the 1976 England v Scotland home international. It later transpired that the seven year old Miliband had actually been attending a meeting of the Woodcraft Folk at the time.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 December 2010 at 2:07 pm

Keep the stupid phone, Eagle Eye

Keep the stupid phone

The New York Times has “10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology” today (thanks to Ian Birrell). They are useful, although I disagree with no 1 and don’t see the point of nos 4, 9 and 10.
1. GET A SMARTPHONE
2. STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER
3. UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS TO THE CLOUD
4. GET MUSIC OFF [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 31 December 2010 at 12:34 pm

The Anti-War Crowbar Prize, Eagle Eye

The Anti-War Crowbar Prize

Prize for most gratuitous WMD reference in unfunny article goes to Ian Silvera at Labour Uncut, for this:
Christmas is a holiday dedicated to a mythical event in the middle-east. Not Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, but the birth of Jesus of Nazareth our Lord Saviour and the main idol of the Christian religion.
Don’t call [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 5:40 pm

Smart on crime, smart on the causes of crime, Eagle Eye

Smart on crime, smart on the causes of crime

Kamala Harris has just been elected Attorney General of California. She has written an article headlined “Smart on crime“.
You read it there first.
Space, watch this.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 11:55 am

Groundhog Hate 2011, Eagle Eye

Groundhog Hate 2011

Oh, so there is still life in the piranha tank. I tossed in a casual update about a taxpayer-funded Blair-hating film and seem to have stirred the Blair-haters rather than the people who pay their taxes to have the Blair-haters confirmed in their prejudices.
There will be more of this Groundhog Hate in 2011. First, when [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 29 December 2010 at 10:40 pm

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