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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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Is Ed Miliband Labour’s Rolf Harris in disguise?, Eagle Eye

Is Ed Miliband Labour’s Rolf Harris in disguise?

Number 452 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Peter Kenyon, the indomitable Labour activist.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 29 November 2010 at 6:45 pm

Does welfare reform affect fertility?, Eagle Eye

Does welfare reform affect fertility?

That was the title of a paper by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, a question to which the answer turned out to be Yes. It found that the 50 per cent increase in child-related benefits between 1999 and 2003 was correlated with an increase of around 15 per cent in births.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 28 November 2010 at 1:26 pm

Can William and Kate’s Wedding Really Save the British Economy?, Eagle Eye

Can William and Kate’s Wedding Really Save the British Economy?

Aha. Number 447 in my series. But what is most interesting about this New Republic article by Marcus Wilford is this snippet at the end…

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 27 November 2010 at 5:10 pm

Fresh politics, new ideas, Eagle Eye

Fresh politics, new ideas

From Ed Miliband’s speech this morning: “Being rooted in people’s lives is not about a slogan, it’s not about going out and just saying ‘tell us what we should think’, but it is about saying we need to be reconnected to the hopes and aspirations of the people of Britain.”

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 27 November 2010 at 12:48 pm

False start penalty, Eagle Eye

False start penalty

A post-final word on Ed Miliband and American football from Charlie Wolf, the US Republican commentator,* on the Today programme. Wolf referred to previous posts on this blog (thank you, Charlie) and said:
Ed Miliband doesn’t seem to understand free-market economics.
Thanks to EDB.
*As opposed to Martin Wolf, the Financial Times columnist, as he was introduced by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 27 November 2010 at 12:24 pm

Running Gag, Eagle Eye

Running Gag

Top witticism from He Who Should Be PM reported by Andy McSmith in today’s Independent:
Shadow Chancellor Alan Johnson had some wise words for women whose husbands are overweight, which he passed on during the Greenwich Labour annual dinner in a Nepalese restaurant this week. “Speaking as a former Health Secretary, my advice is this,” he [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 27 November 2010 at 11:41 am

Errors, Omissions and CAPITALS

My Errors & Omissions column in The Independent today, in which I RAIL AGAINST SHOUTY PEOPLE USING CAPITALS IN THE NEWSPAPER. Among other things.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 27 November 2010 at 11:07 am

Will Angela Merkel decide Britain’s next government?, Eagle Eye

Will Angela Merkel decide Britain’s next government?

Number 446 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Richard Nabavi at Political Betting, keeping up Mike Smithson’s good work as Qtwtain’s most prolific contributor. Mike himself had just supplied number 445:
Are these five the clincher in the AV referendum?
This refers to a picture (right) of John Prescott, John [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 26 November 2010 at 9:49 pm

Will the World End in Six Months?, Eagle Eye

Will the World End in Six Months?

“New rule for science journalism: If your article can be summarised as ‘No’, don’t write it.”

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 26 November 2010 at 1:54 pm

Work, Rest and Play, Eagle Eye

Work, Rest and Play

I believe that someone called Wellington Grey (but the link is broken) is the intellectual property owner of, and deserving of credit for, this gem:

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 26 November 2010 at 1:14 pm

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