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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 Andy Burnham quit?, Eagle Eye

Will Andy Burnham quit?

Curious story about the Labour leadership in the Daily Telegraph today. Either I have become more incomputerate all of a sudden, or it is not on the internets yet.* But Andrew Porter, political editor, reports that one of the candidates has told the Telegraph that it was “very likely” that “they” would refuse to serve [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 23 September 2010 at 3:16 pm

Could we action that parameter, Eagle Eye

Could we action that parameter

Two additions to the Banned List. Tom Harris, for whom I urge Labour MPs not to vote in the Shadow Cabinet election because he says he will give up blogging if elected, and Mark Wallace point out that action is not a verb. The Committee has approved that addition to the Banned List, as no [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 23 September 2010 at 1:51 pm

Hedgehogs: do we need to keep them as pets?

Pete Wedderburn, the Telegraph vet, asks number 391 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 23 September 2010 at 10:40 am

In case of emergency, Eagle Eye

In case of emergency

Good issue of Prospect magazine just out. Apart from the cartoons (my favourite, right), it has a serious review of Tony Blair’s A Journey by David Goodhart, the editor. I’ve been surprised by how so few reviewers have engaged with the arguments in Blair’s book as opposed to drivelling on about the trivia. Not even the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 22 September 2010 at 1:28 pm

Rally for Sanity, Eagle Eye

Rally for Sanity

It’s a shame we can’t get the Daily Show here any more. (I suppose we could if we were computer-savvy enough to get round the region controls, but I can’t.) But we can still get this:
Daily Show host Jon Stewart announced Thursday that he will hold a rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 21 September 2010 at 5:16 pm

Micro-Armageddon, Eagle Eye


It is like “The Internet is Down” in miniature. Someone has hacked into Twitter, spreading black boxes over random messages, sending out what look like redacted MPs’ expenses under your name if you move the cursor over one of them and then turning the whole thing grey.
I have just made fun of the Daily Mail [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 21 September 2010 at 2:21 pm

Did child poverty go up under Labour?, Eagle Eye

Did child poverty go up under Labour?

Can’t keep up with my own series. The above is Question to Which the Answer is No, number 388, asked by Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News on Sunday. It does not strictly qualify, because the purpose of her report is to show that the answer is No; it was Nick Clegg who was trying [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 21 September 2010 at 12:24 pm

The Voters Are Wrong, Eagle Eye

The Voters Are Wrong

Just to go back to that YouGov poll; the one that, as Paul Staines pointed out, showed that Labour Party members think David Miliband would be most likely to win the next election, which is why they are supporting his brother.
I thought this must be a trick of comparing percentages of different bases. (If lots [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 20 September 2010 at 10:35 pm

Special Relationship with Reality II, Eagle Eye

Special Relationship with Reality II

Paragluteus kindly summarised my previous post about BBC2’s The Special Relationship, featuring Dennis Quaid (left) and Michael Sheen (right) thus:
There was this telly programme I didn’t see, but I know someone who did, and from what he said I reckon I would have been annoyed by it if I’d seen it. And there was another bloke who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 20 September 2010 at 1:48 pm

Vote Ralph, Eagle Eye

Vote Ralph

Tell you what. If Ed Miliband wins this thing, it’ll be a laugh. He gave a little speech at the end of 2008, after Lehman Bros went bust and the world’s credit system was poised on the cusp of a meltdown of confidence, at a Spectator awards bash, according to Steve Richards in Whatever It [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 20 September 2010 at 1:31 pm

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