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Has Tom Harris fallen victim to Ed’s new assertiveness?, Eagle Eye

Has Tom Harris fallen victim to Ed’s new assertiveness?

I thought that Mike Smithson at Political Betting had asked number 432 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No when I saw his post this morning.
Glad to have it confirmed by Tom Harris himself (right), in a post-final post on his blog:
What’s provoked me to make this last and final post [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 10:48 am

Alternative medicine: why it can do more harm than good, Battle of Ideas

Alternative medicine: why it can do more harm than good

Flying from India to attend the Battle of Ideas festival last month, I spoke on the panel of a lively debate entitled “Alternative medicine: the pros and cons”, where I outlined the reasons why I oppose alternative and complementary medicine.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 November 2010 at 6:00 am

The Irish deficit: where to go from here, Chunomics

The Irish deficit: where to go from here

I’m not surprised that the president of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams wants to give up his seat in the Northern Ireland assembly and enter politics in the south. Sinn Fein have good at sniffing out opportunity, and the Republic’s economic mess is just such a chance. The Sinners can see that economic hardship and social unrest gives them, after all a socialist revolutionary movement, a new appeal. Ireland’s danger, in this case, is Sinn Fein’s opportunity.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 November 2010 at 6:23 pm

Gavin Kelly and James Plunkett: It’s rising prices as much as spending cuts that will give the Coalition a political headache, Eagle Eye

Gavin Kelly and James Plunkett: It’s rising prices as much as spending cuts that will give the Coalition a political headache

On Wednesday, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King forecast that inflation would remain above its 2% target until at least the end of 2011. Yesterday saw British Gas announce a 7% price hike. It all bodes ill for the Coalition. For now, each day still starts to headlines screaming about cuts. But come 2015, it’s unlikely that cuts will be the defining issue of the election. Instead, the framing will be closer to that of the 1980 Presidential campaign: “ask yourself: are you better off now than you were four years ago?”, as Ronald Reagan put it to the American people.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 November 2010 at 5:23 pm

Zac Goldsmith: The most important politician of his generation?, Eagle Eye

Zac Goldsmith: The most important politician of his generation?

Number 431 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by James Murray at Business Green.
Thanks to (another) James.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 November 2010 at 3:24 pm

The right-wing press did not win it, Eagle Eye

The right-wing press did not win it

The figures for newspaper readership voting trends don’t suggest to me the continuing political clout of the bully boys of the right-wing press. In fact, they suggest the very opposite.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 November 2010 at 2:08 pm

The “beauty debate” isn’t even skin deep, Battle of Ideas

The “beauty debate” isn’t even skin deep

At a recent architectural debate in south London, the Strata Tower, the landmark building in Elephant & Castle was lambasted for its ugliness.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 November 2010 at 12:01 am

AJ4PM Committee reconvenes, Eagle Eye

AJ4PM Committee reconvenes

Alan Johnson, the shadow chancellor, is certainly ruthless enough to have been prime minister. I detected an assertion of his authority while his leader was on paternity leave in his speech at the RSA on Thursday, about which I wrote in The Independent on Sunday today.
I also mentioned his more explicit rebuff to Ed Miliband in an interview [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 14 November 2010 at 11:16 pm

Where Oh Where is Tony Blair?, Eagle Eye

Where Oh Where is Tony Blair?

Blair Supporter detects BBC bias in its coverage of the Remembrance service at the Cenotaph today. Although this photograph is by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images. (Blair is directly behind Nick Clegg.)
Meanwhile, in other Rewriting History News, Philippe Sands, the anti-war lawyer, has laid down another layer of pre-emptive whitewash in case the Iraq Inquiry comes to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 14 November 2010 at 8:33 pm

Can astrology help you get pregnant?, Eagle Eye

Can astrology help you get pregnant?

They are coming so fast that it is hard to keep count. I think this is number 430 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by The Sunday Times. It’s behind the pay wall, so if you are not a subscriber thank your lucky stars.
Thanks to Tom Harris.
Number 429 was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 14 November 2010 at 7:35 pm


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