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“Could a revived UKIP be the British Tea Party?”, Eagle Eye

“Could a revived UKIP be the British Tea Party?”

Thick and fast, now. Number 424 in the series was asked by Ed West. (Thanks to @NewHumanist.)
And number 425 was asked by Paul Waugh about Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s Permanent Representative to the European Union:
Will the UK’s Mr Europe be hauled before the Bar of the  Commons?
(Thanks to @DavidMills73.)
To which Paul Waugh replied:
You do realise [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 10:28 pm

Taking pedantry too far, Eagle Eye

Taking pedantry too far

This report from Iran via CNN and Gene at Harry’s Place. Police have arrested several members of underground rap music groups. Tehran Police Chief Hussain Sajedinia told the semi-official news agency:
These groups use the most trashy, juvenile and street-like words and phrases that have no place in proper grammar. More importantly, they have no regard [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 7:47 pm

Blair and the Problem of Muslim Integration, Eagle Eye

Blair and the Problem of Muslim Integration

Tony Blair’s article in the Wall Street Journal today takes further the bluntness that is evident in his memoir, A Journey, itself a revelation. First he direct about the problem of integration:
We have to nail down the definition of the problem. There is no general failure to integrate. In the U.K., for example, we are [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 November 2010 at 6:47 pm

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


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