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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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Ban cheddar cheese sandwiches – MP, Eagle Eye

Ban cheddar cheese sandwiches – MP

John Spellar, Labour MP for Warley and former defence and transport minister, asked a curious written question that was answered on Wednesday:
Hospitals: Food
Mr Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to ban the sale of (a) tea and coffee with sugar and (b) cheddar cheese sandwiches in hospitals. [5340]
Anne Milton: No.
Thanks to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 5:54 pm

Cameron on Voting Reform, Eagle Eye

Cameron on Voting Reform

Interesting words from the Prime Minister in his interview with the Daily Mail today:
‘While I don’t support the alternative vote, and I can’t get that excited about the whole issue of electoral reform, this is incredibly important for the Lib Dems,’ he said.
‘They have wanted a referendum or some chance of a referendum for 60, 70 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 5:02 pm

Why Jon Cruddas is backing David Miliband, Eagle Eye

Why Jon Cruddas is backing David Miliband

David Miliband’s Keir Hardie Memorial Lecture delivered today may not have been, as Jon Cruddas described it, “the most important speech by a Labour politician for many years”, but it was very good. And Cruddas’s praise, from a significant figure on the left of the party who has not formally endorsed David Miliband yet, is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 4:33 pm

“A Healthy Scepticism”, Eagle Eye

“A Healthy Scepticism”

The Daily Mail’s Green Ink Correspondent today is Andrew Malone, who writes up an interview with Mai Pederson (right), the source of the newspaper’s recent series of David Kelly conspiracy theory stories, under the headline, “Why I’m certain my friend Dr Kelly was murdered.”
That is, needless to say, not what she actually says. In the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 1:31 pm

The Mistake that We (ie, Gordon) Made, Eagle Eye

The Mistake that We (ie, Gordon) Made

One point made by Peter Mandelson in his video interview with James Harding, the editor of The Times (pay wall), seems to have been missed by the newspaper in its report today. Mandelson says:
Where I think we made a mistake in government was in allowing ourselves to be characterised as indifferent to the deficit or in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 12:10 pm

When Caesar Crossed the Fruit Juice, Eagle Eye

When Caesar Crossed the Fruit Juice

I am standing in for Guy Keleny in the pedant’s column, Errors & Omissions, in this morning’s Independent. Prompted by a reader, Hugh Hollinghurst, I have a go at the old Rubicon business. I suppose many people think it’s a brand of fruit juice these days and wonder why anyone should cross it.
Regular readers of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 11:25 am

Why Cameron is dangerous, Eagle Eye

Why Cameron is dangerous

Peter Mandelson, in one of today’s Times interviews (he has done one with Ginny Dougary for the newspaper and another with James Harding, the editor, for the website), says of David Cameron (pay wall): “I think he’s actually rather a good politician.” He goes on to say that he is “excessively political”:
He has values but [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 10 July 2010 at 11:00 am

Who saved the pound?, Eagle Eye

Who saved the pound?

It was I, says Ed Balls. I saved the pound. I advised Gordon Brown and he saved the pound. He stopped that cheese-eating surrender monkey Tony Blair from pursuing his mad scheme to impose the euro on a country that will now turn to me, Ed Balls, in its gratitude.
Equally, some Conservatives say that it [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 9 July 2010 at 4:54 pm

Iran’s new hairstyles: are they a peace-offering to the West?, Eagle Eye

Iran’s new hairstyles: are they a peace-offering to the West?

Richard Spencer at the Telegraph asks number 362 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No.

The Telegraph reports today:
In an attempt to rid the country of “decadent Western cuts”, Iran’s culture ministry has produced a catalogue of haircuts that meet government approval [left].
Photograph: Reuters

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 9 July 2010 at 3:24 pm

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

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