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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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Tony Blair, meet Tonibler, and Tonibler …, Eagle Eye

Tony Blair, meet Tonibler, and Tonibler …

And here is a picture of Tonibler meeting a group of children, all called Tony Blair, in Pristina, Kosovo. Or the other way round.

So I’m told. (Actually, he met nine children called Toni or Tonibler. See previous post.)
Blair’s fine speech to the National Assembly is here.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 9 July 2010 at 12:18 pm

Tonibler Dajaku, Eagle Eye

Tonibler Dajaku

Tony Blair – or Tonibler – is in Pristina, making a speech to the Kosovo Assembly tomorrow morning.

They have a fair and balanced view of him there, as this billboard shows, and this account of his visit from Balkan Insight:
Tony Blair is regarded as a hero in Kosovo due to his role during the NATO [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 8 July 2010 at 10:53 pm

The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?, Eagle Eye

The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?

A correspondent draws my attention to the latest edition of Biblical Archeology Review. He says he is not sure the journal is admissible, but of course it is. “The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?” is not just number 361 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, it is one of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 8 July 2010 at 8:30 pm

The Betrayal of Science, Eagle Eye

The Betrayal of Science

The third inquiry into the University of East Anglia climate change emails imbroglio has cleared Professor Phil Jones of any misconduct, although it still hasn’t quite explained why he wrote to a colleague that he had used “a trick” to “hide the decline” in temperatures implied by tree ring data.
I would have thought that the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 8 July 2010 at 2:39 pm

“Hyper expectation, dawning realisation”, Eagle Eye

“Hyper expectation, dawning realisation”

There is a a quotation from an alleged but anonymous Norwegian journalist* about England’s approach to international association football tournaments that is popular on the internet:
Hyper expectation, dawning realisation, bitter recrimination, inquest, forget, repeat.
I don’t know much about football, but it sounds awfully like the British approach to politics. It reminds me of William [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 8 July 2010 at 12:45 pm

“I don’t think we’ll bother with that”, Eagle Eye

“I don’t think we’ll bother with that”

But what was it with which we wouldn’t bother? John Bercow, the Speaker, prevented David Cameron from quoting from Deborah Mattinson’s new book, Talking to a Brick Wall, at Prime Minister’s Questions today.*
Cameron was miffed, but accepted the rebuke with the courtesy we have come to expect.
It was wonderful free publicity for Mattinson, who used to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 7 July 2010 at 10:29 pm

Journey to the Indefinite Article, Eagle Eye

Journey to the Indefinite Article

When, asks Blair Supporter, did The Journey become A Journey? Before and after:

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 11:59 am

How the voting reform referendum could be lost, Eagle Eye

How the voting reform referendum could be lost

YouGov has put up the details of its poll on the Alternative Vote, and Anthony Wells has an excellent summary here. The key points:
People were given six arguments for AV and six arguments against, and for each one asked if they thought it was an effective or ineffective argument. At the end they were asked [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 6 July 2010 at 9:56 am

Miliband mania spreads, Eagle Eye

Miliband mania spreads

A picture from Jessica Asato:

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 5 July 2010 at 7:24 pm

More squattery, Eagle Eye

More squattery

Grateful for Archie Bland’s clarification of the argument about the squatter camp in Parliament Square. He replies to my post of yesterday, and in essence the difference between us seems to be that he says, “They might as well,” and I say, “I don’t see why.”
Two minor pedantries. The Palace of Westminster is not the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 5 July 2010 at 3:17 pm

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