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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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Vote Panda, Eagle Eye

Vote Panda

I have an article in The Independent on Sunday today that Kevin Maguire regards as “savage”, in which I point out that the Labour Party and Labour MPs resisted the temptation to vote for The Panda:
He is soft, cuddly and panders to every oppositional instinct in the party.
They saw Ed Miliband’s pandering for what it [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 September 2010 at 3:04 pm

“Just a puppet on a lonely string. Oh, who would ever want to be king?”, Eagle Eye

“Just a puppet on a lonely string. Oh, who would ever want to be king?”

Whoever chose Coldplay for Ed Miliband’s election announcement didn’t read or understand the lyrics …
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own
I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemies’ eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
“Now [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 25 September 2010 at 8:10 pm

The Plot That Nearly Was, Eagle Eye

The Plot That Nearly Was

Some good stuff in the updated paperback edition of Andrew Rawnsley’s The End of the Party.
We suspected from reports at the time that Harriet Harman and Jack Straw might have been implicated in the failed plot by Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon to force Gordon Brown out in January this year.
Steve Richards in his Whatever [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 23 September 2010 at 10:16 pm

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

Micro-Armageddon

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

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