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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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Riketty Piketty, Eagle Eye

Riketty Piketty

If Thomas Piketty’s thesis is that rich countries are moving inevitably and imminently to Victorian levels of inequality, it is not supported by the evidence he adduces for the UK.
I haven’t read much of the book yet, but I am suspicious of it, because it seems to be telling wide-eyed anti-capitalists what they want to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 3 May 2014 at 1:58 pm

Chuka Umunna, eye-wateringly New Labour, Eagle Eye

Chuka Umunna, eye-wateringly New Labour

Some eye-catchingly aspirational quotations from Chuka Umunna in a forthcoming interview for The House magazine:
I don’t have a problem with people making a lot of money, so long as they pay their taxes and it’s good for our economy. Two-thirds of private sector jobs come from small and medium sized businesses and it’s tough out [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 1 May 2014 at 9:25 pm

What do Sajid Javid and Arthur Balfour have in common?, Eagle Eye

What do Sajid Javid and Arthur Balfour have in common?

Sajid Javid has just answered his first Questions in the House of Commons as Secretary of State for Culture. It was successfully dull, apart from Keith Vaz, who welcomed him to his post by saying: “This is the first time in the history of this country that a majority of Ministers in a Department are [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 1 May 2014 at 4:18 pm

Stella Creasy on being a woman in public life, Eagle Eye

Stella Creasy on being a woman in public life

In my interview with Stella Creasy for Ethos Journal, which was mostly about her campaign against payday lenders and her views on empowering in consumers in other parts of the private sector and in public services (longer version here), I also asked her about being a woman in politics.
What about Laura Sandys, I said, referring [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 1 May 2014 at 4:02 pm

The Crossover Point II, Eagle Eye

The Crossover Point II

One or two comrades have yet to catch up with my Four-Square Rule, which is that the Conservatives need to be four points ahead in percentage share of the vote to be the largest party in the election next year. As I said on Sunday, that, rather than the point at which the Tories simply [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 11:52 am

Parastic Insects, Eagle Eye

Parastic Insects

A thing that is not well enough known:
In another book I learn that ten percent of all the world’s species are parasitic insects. It is hard to believe. What if you were an inventor, and you made ten percent of your inventions in such a way that they could only work by harassing, disfiguring, or [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 11:00 am

That’s enough self-loathing from the hard-working political class, Eagle Eye

That’s enough self-loathing from the hard-working political class

Janan Ganesh’s column in the Financial Times today is quite outstanding. It could be a set text for students of politics, philosophy or of English. But it should be read now for its defence of the boring compromises of politics against the easy attractions of those, such as the Farageistes, who enjoy the luxury of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 8:59 pm

Top 10 Signs with Double Meanings, Eagle Eye

Top 10 Signs with Double Meanings

My Top 10 in the Independent on Sunday magazine last weekend was signs with double meanings. This was prompted by Mike Graham saying on Twitter that he would refuse to go into this room (pictured).
As so often, there were many good entries that didn’t make the holy of holies, so here is a round-up of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 2:30 pm

Nick doesn’t agree with Nick, Eagle Eye

Nick doesn’t agree with Nick

One of these days someone ought to ask Nick Clegg what he has done to ensure the arrest of officers of the British armed forces who took part in what he called the “illegal invasion of Iraq”.
Presumably, Clegg knows that Tony Blair and the other 411 MPs who supported military action cannot, under the Bill of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 10:48 am

Vote Quizzes, Eagle Eye

Vote Quizzes

Well, that was embarrassing. I’ve tried three websites that promise to advise you on how to vote in the European Parliament elections. Euandi (right) matched me with the Conservatives first, UKIP second. Euvox (below left) gave me Tories first, Labour second, Lib Dems third, which is obviously absurd as I do not agree with the Lib Dems [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 28 April 2014 at 7:16 pm

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