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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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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

The Big Society Test, Eagle Eye

The Big Society Test

From the Diary of a Civil Servant in The Observer

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 1:38 pm

The Philistine Liberation Organization, Eagle Eye

The Philistine Liberation Organization

Following my boast about my role in founding the Philistine Society, John Palmer has drawn my attention to the existence of a rival body, the PLO, which appears to be based in Ontario.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 11:42 am

Lib Dems suffer from “unfair” cuts

Labour has a one-point lead over the Conservatives, with the Liberal Democrats at their lowest level in a ComRes poll since the election, according to a survey for the Sunday Mirror and The Independent on Sunday tomorrow.
Con      37% (+2)
Lab       38% (+1)
LD         13% (-3)
Other    12% (-)
(Change [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 6:30 pm

The Goose Plot, Eagle Eye

The Goose Plot

The Daily Mail’s serialisation today of Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge’s Brown at 10 brings together two of this blog’s favourite themes: ultra-contemporary history and How Journalism Works.
First, the journalism. Today’s publication explains the timing of yesterday’s revelation of Harriet Harman’s “goose plot” against Gordon Brown by The Times (pay wall). This is known in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 5:57 pm

Jack Straw on Deception and Regrets, Eagle Eye

Jack Straw on Deception and Regrets

Jack Straw has given an online interview to Andrew Sparrow of The Guardian, in which he says roughly what would be expected about his role in the plotting against Gordon Brown, the Iraq war and torture. But I thought he had interesting things to say about his decision to return Augusto Pinochet to Chile in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 4:28 pm

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