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Did the right see the Irish disaster coming?, Eagle Eye

Did the right see the Irish disaster coming?

Guido Fawkes wasn’t alone among right-wing commentators in giving the distinct impression that Ireland would be OK because of its brave austerity measures

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 12:33 pm

The Philistine Liberation Organization, Eagle Eye

The Philistine Liberation Organization

Following my boast about my role in founding the Philistine Society, John Palmer has drawn my attention to the existence of a rival body, the PLO, which appears to be based in Ontario.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 11:42 am

Fans or financiers: who should own football?, Battle of Ideas

Fans or financiers: who should own football?

Unless they were incognito and silent, financiers were not much in evidence at this early morning session at the Battle of Ideas festival entitled Fans or financiers: who should own football? Maybe they thought they’d get a rough time. After all, there’s little love lost between fans and the wealthy businessmen who own football clubs but apparently care little about its history, nor the game itself.

By | Battle of Ideas | Sunday, 21 November 2010 at 12:00 am

Lib Dems suffer from “unfair” cuts

Labour has a one-point lead over the Conservatives, with the Liberal Democrats at their lowest level in a ComRes poll since the election, according to a survey for the Sunday Mirror and The Independent on Sunday tomorrow.
Con      37% (+2)
Lab       38% (+1)
LD         13% (-3)
Other    12% (-)
(Change [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 6:30 pm

The Goose Plot, Eagle Eye

The Goose Plot

The Daily Mail’s serialisation today of Anthony Seldon and Guy Lodge’s Brown at 10 brings together two of this blog’s favourite themes: ultra-contemporary history and How Journalism Works.
First, the journalism. Today’s publication explains the timing of yesterday’s revelation of Harriet Harman’s “goose plot” against Gordon Brown by The Times (pay wall). This is known in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 5:57 pm

Jack Straw on Deception and Regrets, Eagle Eye

Jack Straw on Deception and Regrets

Jack Straw has given an online interview to Andrew Sparrow of The Guardian, in which he says roughly what would be expected about his role in the plotting against Gordon Brown, the Iraq war and torture. But I thought he had interesting things to say about his decision to return Augusto Pinochet to Chile in [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 4:28 pm

Catch-Up Service no 96, Eagle Eye

Catch-Up Service no 96

Quotation of the day, from Anne McElvoy in next month’s Prospect (subscription), is on the struggle of political leaders to avoid becoming “the accompaniment of things that would have happened anyway” (Hans Magnus Enzensberger). Apposite in a week in which David Cameron agreed to advance at least £7bn to help bail out friends and trading partners [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 12:35 pm

What science can and cannot tell us, Battle of Ideas

What science can and cannot tell us

Science clearly plays a key role in modern society. It was one of the few areas spared drastic cuts in George Osbourne’s spending review, after having provoked hundreds of scientists to take to the streets the week previously under the slogan “Science is Vital”. But there’s something more to the current debate than the traditional support for scientific R&D. Indeed, it would have been embarrassing for a government of any colour to cut back the science budget given the increasing importance that politicians claim to place on science in their decision making – so called “Evidence-Based Policy”.

By | Battle of Ideas | Saturday, 20 November 2010 at 6:00 am

Lord Young was right…, Eagle Eye

Lord Young was right…

But not when he said that the vast majority of Britons have “never had it so good” which has grain of truth, but was a foolish thing for anyone connected with government to say.

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Friday, 19 November 2010 at 4:53 pm

Portrait of a Blairite Ultra, Eagle Eye

Portrait of a Blairite Ultra

Norman Geras has a profile of me on his otherwise consistently brilliant normblog, to which, in the interests of self-promotion, I feel bound to draw your attention.
(The picture is of William “The Refrigerator” Perry, one of my sporting heroes.)

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 19 November 2010 at 2:37 pm


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