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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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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

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

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