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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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Yvette, in the race, Eagle Eye

Yvette, in the race

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, wrote the “A Life in the Day” feature in The Sunday Times (pay wall) at the weekend, and did a good job of coming across as sympathetic and normal (which she is: I worked with her briefly as a leader-writer on The Independent in 1997, before the election).

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 8:14 pm

In Defence of Brave & Right™ Ed Miliband, Eagle Eye

In Defence of Brave & Right™ Ed Miliband

Some Conservatives and their crypto-Tory running-dog fellow-travellers persist in suggesting that Ed Miliband’s Brave & Right™ reforms of Labour-union links will give more power in the party to trade union general secretaries. Iain Martin in The Sunday Telegraph is the latest to make this mistake.
The immediate effect of the new rules is not to change [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 February 2014 at 3:51 pm

Is “whom” history?, Eagle Eye

Is “whom” history?

It was number 853 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No, asked by The Economist

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 February 2014 at 5:01 pm

Cameron to Keep England in the Unions, Eagle Eye

Cameron to Keep England in the Unions

Can Cameron keep both Scotland in the United Kingdom and the UK in the European Union?

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 February 2014 at 2:24 pm

Men of Secrets V, Eagle Eye

Men of Secrets V

We come now to the interview with Lord O’Donnell in the series of interviews with Cabinet Secretaries past and present on the website put together by the Mile End Group for 10 Downing Street.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 10:06 pm

Two Minutes Blair Hate, Eagle Eye

Two Minutes Blair Hate

From the casual, Boy George, in the Daily Mail:
The crime you would commit knowing you could get away with it: I’d break into Tony Blair’s office and find out why he got Britain into the Iraq war.
To the vicious, Brian Reade, in the Mirror:
Like Wendi Deng, I too miss Tony Blair. Not so much his “piercing [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 11:48 am

That Surge in Favour of Scottish Independence, Eagle Eye

That Surge in Favour of Scottish Independence

This isn’t a great graph: best I could do quickly with Google Spreadsheet. But it shows those intending to vote Yes in all the polls on Scottish independence since January 2102 (when the referendum question was settled).
The figure is the percentage, excluding don’t knows, who say they will vote Yes. The horizontal time line is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 10:17 am

A Government Exhausted, Eagle Eye

A Government Exhausted

I have just caught up with this fine study of Labour backbench dissent under Gordon Brown, by Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart (subscription). It describes a government and parliamentary party in a state of advanced psychological and political decay.
I remember being puzzled as a pupil by the explanation we were given at O-level for Clement [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 1:37 pm

The People’s Capitalism, Eagle Eye

The People’s Capitalism

Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, argued for a stronger fiduciary duty on the managers of investments yesterday. He moved a Ten Minute Rule Bill yesterday, which is a way to “test Parliament’s opinion” rather than to make new law. He said:
Over the decades, the Labour movement has championed workers rights. Now we must champion the rights [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 9:18 am

Top 30 Tautologies, Eagle Eye

Top 30 Tautologies

Following on from a piece in the Independent on Sunday, John Rentoul offers us some more tautologies

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 February 2014 at 7:54 am

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