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The Austere Life, Eagle Eye

The Austere Life

This just in from Jonathan Powell, The New Machiavelli, page 309, on life for prime ministers at 10 Downing Street:
Leaders … don’t live a life of luxury, and unlike in Berlin, Paris or Washington they have to do their own cooking  and cleaning and there is no official photographer to record their every move.
Times have [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 4:13 pm

Why UK house prices have further to fall, Eagle Eye

Why UK house prices have further to fall

House prices reflect a shortage of supply, as the National Housing Federation is keen to stress. But they also reflect ease of credit. And they also reflect a surge of property speculation.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 1:59 pm

Is Wigan the only place with two mainline stations on the same street?, Eagle Eye

Is Wigan the only place with two mainline stations on the same street?

Tom Greatrex, Labour MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West, asks number 423 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No.
Several people have pointed out that King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston stations are all on Euston Road (some pedants say that Euston’s station’s postal address is Eversholt Street, but its original approach [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 11:18 am

The audacity of fear, Eagle Eye

The audacity of fear

Fear is the most natural of reactions. It is a mechanism without which we could never have evolved. It is an instant response to an instant threat to our being. And it leads us to react immediately and viscerally too – fight or flight.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 10:46 am

Germany’s immigration issue, Battle of Ideas

Germany’s immigration issue

For several weeks there has been a heated debate going on in Germany on the issue of immigration and the integration of migrants into German society.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 6:00 am

“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


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