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Why does history matter?, Battle of Ideas

Why does history matter?

A conventional discussion in historiography is that of the relative significance of continuity and change in understanding historical events and movements. My first undergraduate history essay asked this question about the Norman Conquest.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 4 November 2010 at 6:00 am

What is wrong with this picture?, Eagle Eye

What is wrong with this picture?

It would be hard enough to make the case that David Cameron’s court photographer and filmmaker should be on the public pay roll as special advisers. But as civil servants?

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 3 November 2010 at 10:46 pm

Newly arrived despots are the worst kind, Eagle Eye

Newly arrived despots are the worst kind

I believe that Britain should be realist in its foreign policy. It is necessary to deal with vile regimes like Saudi Arabia. But crawling apologias like Malcolm Rifkind’s for these repressive Wahhabi zealots leave a bad taste.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 3 November 2010 at 1:09 pm

Can you force a business to be responsible?, Battle of Ideas

Can you force a business to be responsible?

On Saturday I spoke to a packed Battle of Ideas festival audience at the Royal College of Art, and then listened and debated whether we can trust big business.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 3 November 2010 at 6:00 am

Come in, number 51, Eagle Eye

Come in, number 51

‘Leverage’ is a noun. Get that? If you need a verb use ‘lever’. Please can we have it on the Banned List? Arieh Kovler asks.
Don’t know who had annoyed him, but no sooner asked than done (give or take three hours).
It’s number 51.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 2 November 2010 at 11:10 pm

The History of “Bliar”, Eagle Eye

The History of “Bliar”

I haven’t yet attempted a considered assessment of Tony Blair’s A Journey. Several good reviews have already appeared, some of which I have noted here; since when we have had Paul Waugh at Critical Reaction and Fareed Zakaria in the New York Times.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 2 November 2010 at 3:50 pm

Female role models in the 21st century, Battle of Ideas

Female role models in the 21st century

What happened to the independent, liberated woman heralded by luminaries like suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst and the explosive cultural politics of the 1960s?

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 2 November 2010 at 6:00 am

Corrupt Illegitimate Scribes – says Sarah, Eagle Eye

Corrupt Illegitimate Scribes – says Sarah

“Sarah Palin cares as much about facts as a grizzly cares about toilet paper”……so said David Korn of Mother Jones tonight.

By | Eagle Eye, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 2 November 2010 at 4:41 am

Does the Spending Review spell death for the Foreign Office?, Eagle Eye

Does the Spending Review spell death for the Foreign Office?

A warm welcome back to my series to Peter Oborne (right), now at The Daily Telegraph, who asks number 417 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 1 November 2010 at 8:01 pm

Are the Islamist terrorists winning?, Eagle Eye

Are the Islamist terrorists winning?

Matthew D’Ancona in the Evening Standard argues that we should give the security and intelligence services whatever they ask for to thwart terrorism because, er, because they ask for it and that’s good enough for him.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 1 November 2010 at 7:07 pm


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