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Are bank bonuses good for taxpayers?, Eagle Eye

Are bank bonuses good for taxpayers?

What the bonus defenders always fail to mention is what would happen to these revenues if they were not paid out in staff remuneration. The answer is that that they would (or, at least, should) be used to increase a bank’s capital reserves.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 17 November 2010 at 2:31 pm

Let’s put Indian “Youth Power” to the test, Battle of Ideas

Let’s put Indian “Youth Power” to the test

There has been much talk of “youth power” in India over recent years. In a country where nearly two-thirds of the population are under 35, many have spoken of the need to revitalise politics with the talents of the young. Certainly the life and loves of young politician Rahul Gandhi – great-grandson of Independent India’s first leader Jawaharlal Nehru and son of Sonia and Rajiv – and other rising stars of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s parliament, have been praised for introducing a new age in Indian politics. This has captivated India’s media class and many of its youth.

By | Battle of Ideas | Wednesday, 17 November 2010 at 1:18 pm

Happiness Indicators and cooperatives, Battle of Ideas

Happiness Indicators and cooperatives

The announcement this week that the Office of National Statistics is to start producing official measures of Britain’s average happiness levels has been met with great interest.

By | Battle of Ideas | Wednesday, 17 November 2010 at 12:25 pm

Are electoral changes a fundamental assault on Parliament’s powers?, Eagle Eye

Are electoral changes a fundamental assault on Parliament’s powers?

Yes, it is number 435; asked by Michael Crick, who, along with Jeremy Paxman and Mark Urban, makes Newsnight top telly. He asked the full version of the question on Twitter:
Are Government plans to reduce no of MPs and introduce electoral system changes a fundamental assault on Parliament’s powers?
Interesting report, though.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 8:23 pm

Burying bad news? The stories you might have missed…, Eagle Eye

Burying bad news? The stories you might have missed…

This morning news broke that David Cameron had chosen to axe two members of his “vanity staff” after he reversed his decision to employ a personal photographer and camerawoman at the taxpayers’ expense. We look at the other stories slipped out of the back door today.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 5:30 pm

‘The Big Office of Civil Society’? Is that real?, Eagle Eye

‘The Big Office of Civil Society’? Is that real?

There are so many of them that it is easy to lose count. I called this number 432 when Armando Iannucci (right) asked it on Twitter yesterday, but the committee has now ruled that it is number 434.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 3:26 pm

To Protest or Not To Protest…, Eagle Eye

To Protest or Not To Protest…

If we are to believe reports Europe is practically ablaze, showered in broken glass and rumbling with raucous chants.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 1:47 pm

Pity the poor motorist, Chunomics

Pity the poor motorist

Something quite alarming is happening to car insurance. Premiums are up 38 per cent on last year, say the Office for National Statistics, a record high.

By | Chunomics | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 1:18 pm

Has Tom Harris fallen victim to Ed’s new assertiveness?, Eagle Eye

Has Tom Harris fallen victim to Ed’s new assertiveness?

I thought that Mike Smithson at Political Betting had asked number 432 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No when I saw his post this morning.
Glad to have it confirmed by Tom Harris himself (right), in a post-final post on his blog:
What’s provoked me to make this last and final post [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 10:48 am

Alternative medicine: why it can do more harm than good, Battle of Ideas

Alternative medicine: why it can do more harm than good

Flying from India to attend the Battle of Ideas festival last month, I spoke on the panel of a lively debate entitled “Alternative medicine: the pros and cons”, where I outlined the reasons why I oppose alternative and complementary medicine.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 6:00 am


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