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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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Liberty, Piketty, Fraternity, Eagle Eye

Liberty, Piketty, Fraternity

We are agreed. Thomas Piketty has been on Channel 4 News and accepted that there has been “only a limited rise in wealth inequality in Europe” in recent decades, whereas it has risen greatly in America. This is what I said. (Video below thanks to Guido Fawkes.)
The situation in America is quite different. Indeed, Piketty [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 9:49 pm

Am I incapable of putting a gif on a blog?, Eagle Eye

Am I incapable of putting a gif on a blog?

Thanks to Patrick Smith at Buzzfeed for compiling an animated Top 20 Questions To Which The Answer Is No. It turns out that I do know how to put a gif in here after all.

The book is here.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 2:13 pm

RIP the Iraq dossier distinction, Eagle Eye

RIP the Iraq dossier distinction

All right, I’ll admit defeat. In debating the Iraq war I can no longer hold the line. I shall have to give up trying to maintain the distinction between the main dossier of September 2002 and the “dodgy” dossier of February 2003.
Some of us who were paying attention at the time and who think that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 1:54 pm

“Hindsight makes hypocrites of us all”, Eagle Eye

“Hindsight makes hypocrites of us all”

Hugo Rifkind is very, very good in The Times today (pay wall). He was against the use of force in Iraq in 2003, and went on marches, but he is honest about it:
Most of all, though, I remember the powerful sense, the knowledge, really, that none of it would make any difference. It wasn’t a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 10:41 am

Kellner’s Law rewritten, Eagle Eye

Kellner’s Law rewritten

Just as I thought I had got the Four Square Rule firmly imprinted on my brain – that the Conservatives need to be four points ahead in share of the vote to be the largest party at the election next year – Peter Kellner returns from another trip up the mountain with a new tablet.
He has [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 16 June 2014 at 5:14 pm

Clare Short and the language of the Iraq debate, Eagle Eye

Clare Short and the language of the Iraq debate

Just caught up with Clare Short and John McTernan on BBC2 Newsnight on Friday (starts at 24 minutes in).
Unfortunately, Laura Kuenssberg introduces Short as a Cabinet minister who “resigned in protest at the decision to invade Iraq”. She was a member of the government and voted for military action against Saddam Hussein. She resigned after [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 15 June 2014 at 8:00 pm

Prince William more popular than Queen, Eagle Eye

Prince William more popular than Queen

Prince William is more popular than the Queen, according to a ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Prince Charles is less favourably regarded, being only a little more popular than Boris Johnson, the highest-scoring politician on the list.
The poll puts Labour’s lead over the Conservatives at two points, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 June 2014 at 7:31 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. As well as asking people how they would vote in a general election, we have re-run the Favourability Index, asking whether people have a favourable or unfavourable view of leading politicians and, this week, three members of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 June 2014 at 11:09 am

The Kinnock Comparison, Eagle Eye

The Kinnock Comparison

Before last week’s Newark by-election slips into the quiz night and footnote retrieval system, it is worth noting again what a good result it was for David Cameron.
Everyone has pointed out – I did two Sundays ago – that it was the first time the Tories have held onto a seat while they are in government since [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 13 June 2014 at 10:02 pm

Notes on Iraq, Eagle Eye

Notes on Iraq

Quite hard to keep up with the strangeness of views about Iraq, but let me note three things.
1. The advance of Islamist militia from Syria to Mosul is a disaster. To the extent that it was made possible by the US-led invasion of Iraq 11 years ago, it counts against that decision. But anyone who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 13 June 2014 at 12:42 pm

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