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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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Yet more reasons why the Iraq war was right, Eagle Eye

Yet more reasons why the Iraq war was right

A number of comments on my earlier posts on Ed Miliband’s revisionism about Iraq demanded to know my response to various assertions commonly made about the case for military action in 2003.
As I said last time, I am eager to answer questions that I and others have not answered many times before. I haven’t seen [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 October 2010 at 4:24 pm

How the leadership election can be saved, Eagle Eye

How the leadership election can be saved

The other item in The Times today (pay wall) is an article by Peter Hyman. Anyone who saw Tony Blair’s former speech writer on Newsnight this week will know that he is even more, er, emphatic than I am about the wrong choice foisted on the Labour Party by the Forces of Whelan. Here is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 October 2010 at 1:09 pm

How the leadership election was won, Eagle Eye

How the leadership election was won

Two interesting political items behind the pay wall at The Times today. One is an interview with Charlie Whelan, who has just retired as political director of Unite, having played a central role in giving Neil Kinnock his party back. The photograph by Tom Main alone is worth the subscription (a small version, right).
The article starts [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 October 2010 at 12:54 pm

The Three (or Four) Wasted Years, Eagle Eye

The Three (or Four) Wasted Years

By the way, did you notice that line in David Cameron’s speech yesterday?
When we are done with these cuts, spending on public services will actually still be at the same level that it was in 2006.
Is that all? What, you might ask, have the last four years all been about? Well, I’ll tell you. Tony [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 9:58 pm

Who Didn’t Say What, Eagle Eye

Who Didn’t Say What

As a service to digital archiving, I seek to preserve the gems of the occasional paragraph called “Notes” in The Independent’s Viewspaper. Possibly because they are printed in an odd typeface, they are not on the website. But two of the recent “Notes”, from 20 and 21 September, were particularly good, so I reproduce them [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 4:00 pm

Some other people disagreed with the Iraq war, Eagle Eye

Some other people disagreed with the Iraq war

This was not the headline the Law Society Gazette chose for its report of the report of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group and the Law Society’s international action team, which has been submitted to the Iraq Inquiry, just as you or I could submit our opinions. It opted for:
‘No legal case’ for Iraq invasion
The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 3:04 pm

Dead parrots, rap and a red head, Eagle Eye

Dead parrots, rap and a red head

My commentary on David Cameron’s speech for The Independent is here. Three bits for which there wasn’t space are here:
Remember what they said about us? They called us a dead parrot. They said we had ceased to be. That we were an ex-party. Turns out we really were only resting.
This was the first joke, an [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 1:25 pm

Was Cameron playing a little too freely with Balls quote?, Eagle Eye

Was Cameron playing a little too freely with Balls quote?

Never mind the innuendo, this, asked by Michael Crick, Newsnight’s political editor, is number 395 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. I must admit that I assumed, when David Cameron in his conference speech today quoted Ed Balls, that he had distorted the shadow shadow chancellor’s meaning:
Ed Balls, the man [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 10:26 pm

Sofa, so good, Eagle Eye

Sofa, so good

Obvious from Theresa May on Newsnight last night, Iain Duncan Smith in The Independent this morning and Eric Pickles on ITV News just now that the Cabinet was not consulted about the decision to abolish child benefit for higher-rate income-tax payers.
But where oh where are the Peter Hennessys, Henry Porters, Peter Obornes and all the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 2:21 pm

Mustard Corduroys, Eagle Eye

Mustard Corduroys

In one of the small variations from the speech he gave to Conservative conference last year, the year before that and the year before that, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, played Classic Canon Bingo with his admiring audience yesterday.
Most Tory representatives had ticked off each name and were shouting “House!” by the time he got [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 1:54 pm

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