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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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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

Catch-Up Service no 96, Eagle Eye

Catch-Up Service no 96

Quotation of the day, from Anne McElvoy in next month’s Prospect (subscription), is on the struggle of political leaders to avoid becoming “the accompaniment of things that would have happened anyway” (Hans Magnus Enzensberger). Apposite in a week in which David Cameron agreed to advance at least £7bn to help bail out friends and trading partners [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 12:35 pm

Portrait of a Blairite Ultra, Eagle Eye

Portrait of a Blairite Ultra

Norman Geras has a profile of me on his otherwise consistently brilliant normblog, to which, in the interests of self-promotion, I feel bound to draw your attention.
(The picture is of William “The Refrigerator” Perry, one of my sporting heroes.)

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 19 November 2010 at 2:37 pm

Military decision-making: the Afghan case study, Eagle Eye

Military decision-making: the Afghan case study

Terrific long article about policy-making on Afghanistan in next month’s Prospect, by Matt Cavanagh, who was special adviser to Des Browne, Defence Secretary, 2006-7, and to Gordon Brown 2007-10. It is subscription only, so pay up. It takes the form of a book review of Obama’s Wars, by Bob Woodward, but offers a comparative analysis of policy-making in the US and the UK.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 19 November 2010 at 2:03 pm

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