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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
George Monbiot, the Guardian journalist behind the Arrest Blair website, has in effect admitted that his “war criminal” schtick was not serious.
I am grateful to Gavin Bailey for drawing Monbiot’s article to my attention, and to an organisation called Radiation Free Lakeland for setting up a website called Arrest Monbiot. This is a remarkable work of [...]
One of those Sundays yesterday when Matthew d’Ancona, Andrew Rawnsley and I all wrote about the same subject.
Rawnsley distinguished himself as a Borisceptic, and quoted the words of the Johnson’s “solemn vow” in his re-election campaign in 2012:
If I am fortunate enough to win I will need four years to deliver what I have promised. [...]
Labour’s lead in the opinion polls is narrowing. Last week Populus had the two parties tied on 35 per cent. Today Opinium had the lead down to two points and YouGov had it at five points.
This is, incidentally, happening while UKIP is enjoying another surge, so this time Nigel Farage’s rise is more at Labour’s [...]
I interviewed Stella Creasy, one of the most interesting of the 2010 Labour intake, for Ethos Journal. She talks so fast that we had space for only a small fraction of what she said during our hour’s conversation, so I shall post a longer version here in parts.
This first part covers the broadening of her [...]
Now that Sajid Javid (pictured), who once praised ticket touts, has been promoted to the Cabinet, it is safe to say that the campaign launched by The Independent in 1987 is nearing fruition.
The final surrender of the anti-ticket-tout movement (patron saint Paul Weller) is conveyed in the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket [...]
My favourite Top 10 so far in The Independent on Sunday last weekend: surprisingly unrelated pairs of words. I started with male and female, which came to English from different Latin roots (masculus and femina), but which came close to rhyming in Old French (masle and femelle) and thus converged in modern English.
These kinds of [...]
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