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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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Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness, Eagle Eye

Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness

Cross-post by Mugwump.
This 9,000-word article looks at why intelligence services around the world were so sure that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in 2003. I re-post it here because it is an impressive piece of work, bringing together evidence from a wide range of sources.
Photo of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 1:48 pm

The Rentoul Media Empire, Eagle Eye

The Rentoul Media Empire

Further to my post yesterday about more of my stuff appearing on Independent Voices, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday’s online and print comment section, and less of it appearing on the blog, the boffins have told me that there is an RSS feed on my author page, which includes my daily catch-up feature: [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 4 July 2014 at 10:40 am

Jobs Gloom for Ed Miliband, Eagle Eye

Jobs Gloom for Ed Miliband

I have a comment at Independent Voices on news of a skills shortage emerging in the jobs market. In this case, Ed Miliband’s difficulty in filling a vacancy for a “Head of the Leader’s Broadcasting”.
Increasingly, that is where my comments will appear. I have also moved the Catch-Up Service to Independent Voices, doing a weekday [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 at 4:33 pm

If Miliband got it right, Cameron would be finished, Eagle Eye

If Miliband got it right, Cameron would be finished

A bit slow getting to the article in yesterday’s Times (pay wall) by Dominic Cummings, Michael Gove’s brilliant former special adviser. He says he recently conducted focus groups in marginal constituencies with people who voted Conservative in 2010 but who were unlikely to do so next year. This research was for Business for Britain, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 27 June 2014 at 12:30 pm

Denis Healey’s son: “My father would have made a rubbish PM”, Eagle Eye

Denis Healey’s son: “My father would have made a rubbish PM”

Denis Healey – Classic Virgo
Guest post by Tim Healey (pictured right www.timhealey.co.uk)
A recent article in The Independent on Sunday (30 June 2013) itemises my father, Denis Healey, as number nine in its list of ‘The Best Prime Ministers We Never Had’.
Not so. I think my father would have made a rubbish prime minister. He [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 23 June 2014 at 9:00 pm

Catch-Up Service, Eagle Eye

Catch-Up Service

Sphere gives Rowling’s latest the 1,000th “stranger in silhouette” cover. “Gutless, witless, woeful design,” says Jake Goretzki.
Other things I have come across:
• The myth of the “trophy wife”, via Andrew Sullivan.
• I have been waiting for a bit of Blair Revisionism (my interview with Cherwell). Here we have Charles Moore in Saturday’s Telegraph (very fine, apart [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 23 June 2014 at 9:00 am

Merkel’s Misjudgement, Eagle Eye

Merkel’s Misjudgement

I may have been too harsh on David Cameron in my column for The Independent on Sunday today. I said it did not bode well for his hopes of renegotiating British terms of EU membership that he had misjudged Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid to be president of the European Commission.
Actually, though, it was Angela Merkel who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 7:26 pm

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated, Eagle Eye

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated

Provoked by Mike Smithson and his commenter Edmund in Tokyo, I return to the subject of what would have happened had David Miliband won the Labour leadership in 2010. I have said before that the party would have been in a worse position, because the naive left would have reacted badly to being led by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 6:31 pm

Iraq, in 560 characters, Eagle Eye

Iraq, in 560 characters

For all the people on Twitter, including George Monbiot, Mehdi Hasan and their followers, who bombard me with what they think are embarrassing questions about Iraq:
1. No, I do not accept that the decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein was a mistake, because no one can know what would have happened had the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 1:04 pm

Impeachment, Eagle Eye

Impeachment

I was going to explain why Sir Peter Tapsell, the longest-serving MP, had shown that neither length of service nor a grand manner is a guarantee of good sense. He asked David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions:
Is he aware of the growing sentiment that, as the publication of the Chilcot report is being so long [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 June 2014 at 8:57 pm

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