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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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History Test, Eagle Eye

History Test

Compare and contrast, paying particular attention to the ways in which the authors express support of and opposition to the proposition.

Keith Richards, interviewed by Caitlin Moran in The Times (pay wall) (via Iain Martin):

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 10:13 am

An Apology to Nick Brown, Eagle Eye

An Apology to Nick Brown

In last weekend’s column, I said that Nick Brown reacted badly when Ed Miliband told him that he wanted someone else as Labour chief whip. I said that Brown had appealed to Ed Balls to back him. I have now spoken to Brown, who says that this is not so.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 October 2010 at 1:57 pm

The Cover-Up Begins (to be made up), Eagle Eye

The Cover-Up Begins (to be made up)

“Everyone knows” that there are only two possible outcomes to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war. It will be (a) a whitewash or (b) a light tap on the wrist out of all proportion to the terrible crimes committed by Bush, Blair continued p94. No surprise, then, that anti-war people are preparing, once more, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 9:54 pm

They signed it though they knew it was wrong, Eagle Eye

They signed it though they knew it was wrong

Several commentators (including James Forsyth and Nick Robinson) have pointed out that Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Danny Alexander were the leading members of a tightly-knit group of politically-motivated men who sought unsuccessfully in 2008 to reverse the Liberal Democrat policy of support for a graduate tax and opposition to tuition fees.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 5:10 pm

“Los 57″, Eagle Eye

“Los 57″

If there had been a prize for extended application of a Chilean miner analogy to politics, my old lunching partner Robert Shrimsley at the Financial Times (registration required) would have won it.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 4:28 pm

Should the Fed adopt a price level target?

There are, of course, Questions to Which the Answer is Yes; Well, D’Oh; Who Cares?; Dunno, and your stupid quiz isn’t going to tell me; and a special category to which the answer is, Could You Repeat the Question?

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 11:34 am

Tunnel vision, Eagle Eye

Tunnel vision

Is there a prize for the worst gratuitous use of a Chilean miner metaphor in political sketches or columns tomorrow? Will anyone ask if counsellors are on hand to guide Liberal Democrats through the trauma of emerging from deep below the surface into the harsh light of reality? Who will wonder if Ed Miliband has [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 13 October 2010 at 9:59 pm

The Chamber vs the Country, Eagle Eye

The Chamber vs the Country

I was in the Chamber for what promised to be one of those great House of Commons moments, Ed Miliband’s first Prime Minister’s Questions as Leader of the Opposition. It did not disappoint, as an occasion.
Miliband looked nervous, and spoke in a subdued manner. But he had some good prepared lines, which he delivered with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 13 October 2010 at 7:18 pm

AJ4PM latest, Eagle Eye

AJ4PM latest

The AJ4PM campaign has been reconstituted for one last comeback tour. We are celebrating the belated achievement of our ambition, that Alan Johnson should be running the Labour Party.
Ed Miliband might have thought that he would give him less trouble as shadow chancellor than Ed Balls or Yvette Cooper (the next leader of the Labour [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 13 October 2010 at 10:50 am

Footnote on the burning of books, Eagle Eye

Footnote on the burning of books

I failed to note Tony Blair’s interesting speech in Washington last week, partly because I hadn’t noticed this comment:
When Pastor Jones was going to burn the Koran, he was rightly and roundly condemned for it, by everyone from President Obama down. But what intrigued me was why such condemnation was necessary (and, by the way, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 12 October 2010 at 6:10 pm

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