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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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Heir to Blair, Eagle Eye

Heir to Blair

I was just thinking that David Cameron was in Total H2B mode on the radio, promoting England’s 2018 football World Cup bid and deftly dodging awkward questions about a process that is alleged to be riddled with bribery, when a fellow Blairite ultra sent me this screen grab.
Look who Twitter thinks is like Tony Blair.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 November 2010 at 1:47 pm

David Laws, “unreliable narrator”?, Eagle Eye

David Laws, “unreliable narrator”?

My esteemed colleague Steve Richards has an interesting column in today’s Independent on David Laws’s book on the negotiations that produced the Coalition Government. His summary of Laws’s account is succinct…

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 November 2010 at 1:04 pm

Is George Osborne really more influential than Cameron?, Eagle Eye

Is George Osborne really more influential than Cameron?

Number 453 in the inexhaustible series is asked by Tim Montgomerie of a GQ feature, which ranks Osborne the most influential man in Britain, and Simon Cowell above Nick Clegg.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 29 November 2010 at 7:43 pm

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

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