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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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Police Second, Eagle Eye

Police Second

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has just addressed the second-most ferocious trade union in the western world, the Police Federation. The most ferocious is of course the British Medical Association, and the Federation has suffered a bit of a setback recently in its handling of the Andrew Mitchell Gategate.
All praise to May, therefore, for taking [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 2:59 pm

ComRes “Battlebus” poll for The Independent points to Cameron holding on as PM next year, Eagle Eye

ComRes “Battlebus” poll for The Independent points to Cameron holding on as PM next year

In The Independent tomorrow, ComRes launches a new “Battlebus” poll in 40 of the most marginal Conservative-Labour seats.
The figures are:
Con  33% (-4)
Lab  35% (-2)
LibDem  8% (-10)
UKIP  17% (+14)
Other  7% (+2)
Figures in brackets show changes since the 2010 general election results across the constituencies. These are the numbers to focus on. Labour is doing better than [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 10:30 pm

Government by Bounce, Leak and Screaming Match, Eagle Eye

Government by Bounce, Leak and Screaming Match

I used to think that the difference between this coalition and the one that preceded it was that the Blair-Brown coalition was dysfunctional and its two wings behaved badly towards each other. Now we know better. My column for The Independent on Sunday was about a historic document published last week: a blog post by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 3:57 pm

Another voting system that favours UKIP, Eagle Eye

Another voting system that favours UKIP

The voting system for the European Parliament elections on Thursday is horrible. The closed-list proportional representation system was one of the less glorious legacies of the golden Blair years. You vote for a party and a phalanx of people, just names listed in the small print on the ballot paper, slope off to Brussels on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 19 May 2014 at 10:04 pm

Top 10 Metatheses: Orpah Winfrey, Eagle Eye

Top 10 Metatheses: Orpah Winfrey

This week’s Top 10 in the Independent on Sunday magazine is metatheses, the transposition of sounds in words.
Bird used to be brid (that’s not a misspelling, pictured, that’s etymology), wasp used to be waps and dusk used to be dox.
I could have had a separate category for people’s names. Matthew Bell says that in Nepal [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 19 May 2014 at 11:41 am

More Misunderstood Songs, Eagle Eye

More Misunderstood Songs

After posting last week’s Top 10 here, “Songs that mean the opposite of what most people think they mean”, I had some late nominations.
Stella Creasy: “In the Summertime”, by Mungo Jerry, as it’s about drink driving and date rape.
Tania Ziegler: “‏Young Girl”, by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, about underage sex with older man.
James [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 18 May 2014 at 9:08 pm

UKIP hold record 11-point lead in European election, Eagle Eye

UKIP hold record 11-point lead in European election

The UK Independence Party is heading for victory in next week’s European Parliament election, with the support of 35% of those who say they are “absolutely certain to vote”, according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. This equals the record 11-point lead for UKIP reported by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 May 2014 at 7:25 pm

Top 10 Songs that mean the opposite of what most people think they mean, Eagle Eye

Top 10 Songs that mean the opposite of what most people think they mean

We had a problem with putting stuff from the Independent on Sunday magazine, The New Review, online last weekend. While the boffins labour with something mysterious called CMS, I’ll post an image of it here.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 May 2014 at 6:38 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. As the European and local election campaigns reach fever pitch, and the Conservatives have taken the lead in some polls for general election voting intention, the results will be interesting.
In addition to asking people how they intend to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 May 2014 at 10:45 am

Idiot Wind, Eagle Eye

Idiot Wind

I see that Norman Lamont, a once serious politician, has joined the idiot cry of “Blair to The Hague”.
He has written an article for the Daily Mail, most of which rehearses his arguments against the International Criminal Court and how this week’s announcement of a preliminary examination of British abuses in Iraq confirms that he [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 7:04 pm

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