Priceless exchange with Norman Baker, the Home Office minister who thinks that David Kelly was murdered and that this was covered up by the authorities, including the department in which he now works, at the Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday. Baker’s book expounding his theory was published in 2007.
Ian Austin, Labour MP for Dudley [...]
There was enough in Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher lecture to keep the comment industry in business for weeks. Chris Dillow, Iain Dale, Alastair Campbell. I wrote about it here and have written about it again for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow.
But still there is more. However incoherent much of the speech was, I agreed with [...]
The headlines responding to the Bank of England’s change to the Funding for Lending Scheme focused predictably on the anticipated housing bubble and the implications for the building sector, whose investors appear to have been caught napping.
Some good lines in Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher lecture tonight. Recalling when he was a “pretty irritating” nine-year-old in 1975:
I remember how deserted London seemed, as people fled to Essex or elsewhere, and the stringy grass and the Spangles wrappers and the bleached white dog turds in the park, and the gust of Watneys pale [...]
Brilliant column by Daniel Finkelstein, or Lord Finkelstein as we shall have to get used to calling him, in today’s Times (pay wall). About a book called The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election, by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck.
It recounts an experiment in election forecasting, which is relevant to some of [...]
This politics of love can be new terrain, beyond the usual agendas of both the political left and right.
In all the reporting of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles published yesterday, I have seen no comment on the discrepancy between the number of partners reported by men and by women – as summarised in this graphic, or, as they are called nowadays, infographic (because before about 1996 graphics contained no information).
Indeed, most [...]
It’s as if Margaret Thatcher never existed; young people today; gone to the dogs; laws of supply and demand.
My excellent young colleague Jamie Merrill complains in The Independent today that it is hard to buy tickets online for popular events (such as the Monty Python reunion) because they get snapped up by touts and then [...]
It was pointed out after Ed Miliband’s conference speech that his price freeze gimmick had put investment in green energy at risk. And so it is proving. RWE, one of the big six energy companies, has pulled out of the planned Atlantic Array wind farm off the north Devon coast.
It doesn’t take military-strength decryption to [...]
The origin of Donald Rumsfeld’s best-known phrase, about “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns”, turns out to be a known unknown. The former US Secretary of Defense was asked by Liam Fox, former Defence Secretary, whether he had written the phrase. Rumsfeld said: “There were 15 smart people in the room for three days – I don’t [...]
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