With thanks to the usually superb John Cassidy, I humbly submit the above question to my esteemed colleague John Rentoul, for consideration for his outstanding series on Questions in Headlines to which the answer is No.
In last weekend’s column, I said that Nick Brown reacted badly when Ed Miliband told him that he wanted someone else as Labour chief whip. I said that Brown had appealed to Ed Balls to back him. I have now spoken to Brown, who says that this is not so.
Gerald Seib has written a typically well-informed piece on the surprising dispute between President Obama’s White House and the US Chamber of Commerce.
He has spoken at length to the Chamber’s Chief Executive, Thomas Donohue, and provides illuminating quotes in his colum from this morning’s WSJ.
The relationship between business and society is undergoing a huge shift, but the reasons for such a growing disconnection are exactly those issues which need to be addressed in order to reignite wealth creation, and ultimately economic recovery, but how can business get back on side with society?
“Everyone knows” that there are only two possible outcomes to the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war. It will be (a) a whitewash or (b) a light tap on the wrist out of all proportion to the terrible crimes committed by Bush, Blair continued p94. No surprise, then, that anti-war people are preparing, once more, [...]
Several commentators (including James Forsyth and Nick Robinson) have pointed out that Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Danny Alexander were the leading members of a tightly-knit group of politically-motivated men who sought unsuccessfully in 2008 to reverse the Liberal Democrat policy of support for a graduate tax and opposition to tuition fees.
If there had been a prize for extended application of a Chilean miner analogy to politics, my old lunching partner Robert Shrimsley at the Financial Times (registration required) would have won it.
Is the Tea Party mad as hell, or just plain mad? Gideon Rachman comes down on the side of the former in his typically cogent column this week, which I’ve only just caught up with.
There are, of course, Questions to Which the Answer is Yes; Well, D’Oh; Who Cares?; Dunno, and your stupid quiz isn’t going to tell me; and a special category to which the answer is, Could You Repeat the Question?
Music has always served political functions, from fanfares announcing the splendour of great rulers to monkish chants inspiring religious awe to the heart-swelling anthems of radical movements, not to mention the simple bonding effects of collective singing and dancing. But New Labour’s more prosaic flirtation with Cool Britannia in the 1990s was an example of a more cynical relationship between politics and music, with politicians hoping to use the popularity of fashionable bands to align themselves with British youth.
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