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The growth of playground politics, Battle of Ideas

The growth of playground politics

When Harriet Harman recently described Danny Alexander as a “ginger rodent”, she was quickly advised to apologise. Her bungled attempt to jibe the chief treasury secretary was derided by her political opponents as an insult to Scotland’s ginger-haired population.

By | Battle of Ideas | Tuesday, 23 November 2010 at 6:00 am

The Blind Side, Eagle Eye

The Blind Side

A correspondent writes:
“I note in today’s Guardian that Ed Miliband uses an NFL analogy. Perhaps you and he could bond over that shared interest. I certainly think some form of rapprochement would benefit both of you.”

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 22 November 2010 at 10:29 pm

Staycations: should I stay or should I go?, Battle of Ideas

Staycations: should I stay or should I go?

The Germans joke about going on holiday to an exotic-sounding “Balkonia” … which turns out to be your own balcony. In Italy, newspapers report “vacanza talpa” or “moling” holidays. These involve hiding away at home but moving the car, shutting the curtains and claiming you were actually off somewhere nice.

By | Battle of Ideas | Monday, 22 November 2010 at 6:00 am

An economic defence of Gordon Brown, Eagle Eye

An economic defence of Gordon Brown

There is no reason for us to believe that a Conservative Government would have been any less reliant on those bubble revenues. George Osborne was still committed to backing Brown’s spending plans until autumn 2008.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 8:07 pm

The Big Society Test, Eagle Eye

The Big Society Test

From the Diary of a Civil Servant in The Observer

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 1:38 pm

Did the right see the Irish disaster coming?, Eagle Eye

Did the right see the Irish disaster coming?

Guido Fawkes wasn’t alone among right-wing commentators in giving the distinct impression that Ireland would be OK because of its brave austerity measures

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 12:33 pm

The Philistine Liberation Organization, Eagle Eye

The Philistine Liberation Organization

Following my boast about my role in founding the Philistine Society, John Palmer has drawn my attention to the existence of a rival body, the PLO, which appears to be based in Ontario.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 11:42 am

Fans or financiers: who should own football?, Battle of Ideas

Fans or financiers: who should own football?

Unless they were incognito and silent, financiers were not much in evidence at this early morning session at the Battle of Ideas festival entitled Fans or financiers: who should own football? Maybe they thought they’d get a rough time. After all, there’s little love lost between fans and the wealthy businessmen who own football clubs but apparently care little about its history, nor the game itself.

By | Battle of Ideas | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 12:00 am

Lib Dems suffer from “unfair” cuts

Labour has a one-point lead over the Conservatives, with the Liberal Democrats at their lowest level in a ComRes poll since the election, according to a survey for the Sunday Mirror and The Independent on Sunday tomorrow.
Con      37% (+2)
Lab       38% (+1)
LD         13% (-3)
Other    12% (-)
(Change [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 6:30 pm

The Goose Plot, Eagle Eye

The Goose Plot

The Daily Mail’s serialisation today of Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge’s Brown at 10 brings together two of this blog’s favourite themes: ultra-contemporary history and How Journalism Works.
First, the journalism. Today’s publication explains the timing of yesterday’s revelation of Harriet Harman’s “goose plot” against Gordon Brown by The Times (pay wall). This is known in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 5:57 pm


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