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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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UKIP leading in Euro elections race, Eagle Eye

UKIP leading in Euro elections race

The UK Independence Party is on course to win the largest share of the vote in the European Parliament elections in May, according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror.
UKIP 30% (+3)
Lab 28% (+5)
Con [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 7:27 pm

When Labour rejected free school lunches, Eagle Eye

When Labour rejected free school lunches

Michael Gove’s former special adviser, Dominic Cummings, has written a blog post about why he thinks Nick Clegg’s plan to provide free school lunches for all younger primary-school pupils is a “gimmick”.
Gove himself now pretends it is a marvellous idea, and it is true that it has some merit, mainly that it removes a means [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 12:29 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Several recent polls have suggested a tightening of the Labour lead (ICM three points, Ipsos MORI three points, YouGov five points, Populus one point), so it will be interesting to see what ComRes’s online series has to say.
Also, we [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 11:51 am

Top 40 Lost Positives, Eagle Eye

Top 40 Lost Positives

I ended up with so many lost positives that I could have compiled a small dictionary of them. There are certainly enough to use in a story. Jack Winter has already done that: “How I Met My Wife“, brought to my attention by Toby Manhire.
I selected a Top 10 for The Independent on Sunday magazine last [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 March 2014 at 10:18 pm

The Peculiar Antique Politics of Bob Crow, Eagle Eye

The Peculiar Antique Politics of Bob Crow

Suzanne Moore in The Guardian detected a trace of hypocrisy in some of the coverage of the death of Bob Crow at the age of 52:
The shock of Bob Crow’s death was closely followed by another peculiar aftershock: those who had hated him while he was alive queued up to praise him.
One of those who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 10:36 am

Never Closer Union, part 2, Eagle Eye

Never Closer Union, part 2

Further to my previous post, a footnote on Ed Miliband’s article in the Financial Times (limited free access). He says that “ever closer union” – the phrase that David Cameron wants to excise from the EU treaties – is “not Labour’s vision for Europe”. And he wants to transfer power to national parliaments. But he doesn’t say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:31 am

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time, Eagle Eye

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum,” Ed Miliband told the House of Commons in January last year. There was uproar, and afterwards Ed Balls told him off for not adding “now” at the end of the sentence. But what Miliband said then has turned out to be what he meant.
Today is a triumph [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:14 am

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”, Eagle Eye

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”

The Labour modernisers are alive and still kicking. As well as Stella Creasy, who wants to extend consumer rights to the public sector, and Dan Jarvis and Steve Reed, who are tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, there is Liz Kendall.
The Shadow Minister for Care and Older People (you know, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 11:47 am

Schools inequality: what works, Eagle Eye

Schools inequality: what works

All right. Something useful happened at the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York last week. There was a fringe meeting, at which Stephen Tall (pictured) spoke about his work for the Education Endowment Foundation.
The EEF is interested in what works in reducing educational inequality, which is something on which the UK has a worse record [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 10:01 am

Stella Creasy, consumer champion, Eagle Eye

Stella Creasy, consumer champion

A neglected part of the work of MPs is Public Bill Committees, where new laws are scrutinised in detail. Here we get a look at the inner workings not just of Bills but of ministers and their shadows.
I spent many happy hours researching the rise of Tony Blair through his work on Standing Committees, as [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 6:30 pm

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