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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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Still Unsighted, Eagle Eye

Still Unsighted

Finally, on the subject of Ed Miliband and American football, Daniel Finkelstein (pay wall) has belatedly jumped on the dogpile. Finkelstein says the Labour leader was right in his recent reference to The Blind Side about one big thing…

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 November 2010 at 3:18 pm

“Sometimes it’s hard to tell”, Eagle Eye

“Sometimes it’s hard to tell”

Lovely story in yesterday’s Notebook column by Sue Cameron in the Financial Times…

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 November 2010 at 11:51 am

U turn if you want a dislocate, Eagle Eye

U turn if you want a dislocate

At Prime Minister’s Questions today Ed Miliband used “u-turn” as a verb. This is verb-oten; it is number 52 on The Banned List. Even if Margaret Thatcher did once famously use the possibility of its being a phrasal verb (thank you Mrs Markey) to make one of the most enduring quotations in British politics.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 24 November 2010 at 6:16 pm

The Prince and His Students, Eagle Eye

The Prince and His Students

Mandelson: The Real PM?, Hannah Rothschild’s documentary and number 441 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer (Was) No, is on BBC4 tonight.
At the screening at the British Film Institute last month, it appeared that the entire Conservative Party press office – seven or eight of them – had turned out to pay homage.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 9:52 pm

Fake antivirus programs, Eagle Eye

Fake antivirus programs

Just spent a lot of time yesterday and today trying and eventually succeeding in getting rid of a fake antivirus infection on a PC running Windows XP. In case the following is useful to anyone in a similar situation, this is how I did it.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 5:14 pm

Was Brian Walden the man behind the Coalition?, Eagle Eye

Was Brian Walden the man behind the Coalition?

Number 330 in the series, asked by Michael Crick and, indirectly, by Rob Wilson, the Conservative MP and author of the 330th book about the making of the Coalition (it has been around for six months now so it takes an upper case C).

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 3:59 pm

Can localism deliver minerals?, Eagle Eye

Can localism deliver minerals?

Number 438 in the series is asked by Mineral Products Today (page 5), along with number 439 on page 14:
Are archaeologists killing the goose?
(We all know it was Harriet Harman who killed the goose. Definitely no archaeologists killing no geese in this picture.)
Thanks to Alex.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 2:52 pm

More on the Blind Side, Eagle Eye

More on the Blind Side

Further to my comment about the views on economics of my fellow American football fan, Ed Miliband, a friend who has read The Blind Side by Michael Lewis, the book cited by the Leader of the Opposition, writes:

Even people who aren’t interested in sport (I’m not) should read it, because Michael Lewis is a brilliant and insightful journalist.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 2:34 pm

Has the BBC got a grudge against the Goodies?, Notebook

Has the BBC got a grudge against the Goodies?

Vincent Graff asks number 437 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No in yesterday’s Daily Mail.

Thanks to David Mills.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 1:08 pm

The Blind Side, Eagle Eye

The Blind Side

A correspondent writes:
“I note in today’s Guardian that Ed Miliband uses an NFL analogy. Perhaps you and he could bond over that shared interest. I certainly think some form of rapprochement would benefit both of you.”

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 22 November 2010 at 10:29 pm

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