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“Bush admits: Tony Blair was my closest foreign ally”, Eagle Eye

“Bush admits: Tony Blair was my closest foreign ally”

Great Guardian Headlines of Our Time #43. (And don’t you like that “admits”?) In fact, a whole bank of them, reeking of bias (and I don’t even like George Bush).
The top one is:
“George Bush’s memoirs reveal how he considered attacks on Iran and Syria”
(Translated: “… did his job”.)
And there is also:
“Iraq was the right thing [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 8 November 2010 at 10:14 pm

The fate of Rolls-Royce hangs in the balance, Chunomics

The fate of Rolls-Royce hangs in the balance

Rolls-Royce could be a massive story like the BP oil spill. Rolls-Royce is, basically , what’s left of British manufacturing and if it’s damaged then we can kiss goodbye to the sector, with all its skills and export earnings.

By | Chunomics | Monday, 8 November 2010 at 1:59 pm

Newspapers are producing less foreign news – does that matter?, Eagle Eye

Newspapers are producing less foreign news – does that matter?

I am afraid it is a bit like asking: “Newspapers produce what their readers want to read – does that matter?” The answer is not so much No as that it is the wrong question.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 8 November 2010 at 12:25 pm

It’s time to give nudge the elbow

These days it is increasingly likely that the “but” word will be used regularly when referring to how much we should allow citizens to be treated as autonomous individuals, enjoying freedom and liberty in society

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Monday, 8 November 2010 at 12:01 am

What is wrong with a graduate tax?, Eagle Eye

What is wrong with a graduate tax?

Needless to say, this is explained with great clarity by Tony Blair, who describes Ed Balls and Gordon Brown’s opposition to a deferred fees system in 2003 in A Journey, page 487:
Eventually, we flushed out of the Treasury a kind of alternative, which was to all intents and purposes a graduate tax, pure and simple [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 7 November 2010 at 2:32 pm

Catch-Up Service no 94, Eagle Eye

Catch-Up Service no 94

Tesco build and open new 13,000 square feet store – from scratch – in just 13 days (right). Via Tim Montgomerie. I must write that article one day on why Tesco should run schools. (Oh. I have.)
The BBC’s ability to learn nothing from its recent journalistic history: “Sexed-up contrariness is not journalism.” A case study by Paul Vallely in The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 7 November 2010 at 2:04 pm

The future of cars, Battle of Ideas

The future of cars

If you live in London, it’s easy to see the limitations of cars. I currently own two vehicles, a car and a motorcycle. The car sits unused for days or weeks on end, as it’s seldom the most convenient, let alone the cheapest option.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Sunday, 7 November 2010 at 6:00 am

Vince Cable: work on a building site to pay student fees up front, Eagle Eye

Vince Cable: work on a building site to pay student fees up front

Two interim points about the coalition’s student finance proposals, which are still unclear in important respects.
One is that the structure of the graduate contribution system should be separated from the level of taxpayer funding of universities. It may be that the Government has cut too deeply, taking away 80 per cent of the teaching budget, which [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 6 November 2010 at 4:40 pm

Is Cherie Blair too wilful?, Eagle Eye

Is Cherie Blair too wilful?

Number 421 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Alice Instone in a letter to today’s Independent. She painted the picture of Cherie (right) which was reported on 4 November:
Your article “Rich and ruthless: how Cherie sees herself?”* was prompted by a miniature I have painted of Cherie [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 6 November 2010 at 1:46 pm

What are universities for?, Battle of Ideas

What are universities for?

This is a pertinent question given the current cuts, the transformation over the last few years of students into consumers of higher education and, most fundamentally, the replacement of the idea of “knowledge for its own sake” with “skills” deemed beneficial to the economy.

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


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