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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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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

What an Ex-MP Did Next, Eagle Eye

What an Ex-MP Did Next

I wonder who this female former MP might be, who is mentioned by Denis MacShane in his article about the crisis of European social democracy on Next Left…

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 26 November 2010 at 12:09 pm

“Corrupted by his ambition”, Eagle Eye

“Corrupted by his ambition”

Adding to the flood of instant history of the Brown government is Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge’s Brown At 10. You would think that we would be sated by now. But no. After Harriet Harman’s abortive goose plot in the Mail on Sunday serialisation, there is more.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 November 2010 at 6:57 pm

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

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