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How the leadership election can be saved, Eagle Eye

How the leadership election can be saved

The other item in The Times today (pay wall) is an article by Peter Hyman. Anyone who saw Tony Blair’s former speech writer on Newsnight this week will know that he is even more, er, emphatic than I am about the wrong choice foisted on the Labour Party by the Forces of Whelan. Here is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 October 2010 at 1:09 pm

How the leadership election was won, Eagle Eye

How the leadership election was won

Two interesting political items behind the pay wall at The Times today. One is an interview with Charlie Whelan, who has just retired as political director of Unite, having played a central role in giving Neil Kinnock his party back. The photograph by Tom Main alone is worth the subscription (a small version, right).
The article starts [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 October 2010 at 12:54 pm

Has the peer review process lost credibility?

What do the following stories have in common?

Andrew Wakefield’s influential 1998 paper suggesting a connection between autism and the MMR vaccine is fully retracted by the journal that originally published it.

Thousands of leaked emails appear to show climate scientists colluding to suppress the publication of research.

14 eminent stem cell biologists complain that an obstructive clique [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 October 2010 at 12:00 am

IMF Annual Meeting: don’t expect salvation

So far at the IMF, so true to form. All agree that the world will get poorer if everyone tries to devalue their currencies at once (actually a logical impossibility) and if all try to deflate at the same time. All agree on the need for coordination and all agree on the need for leadership.
Yet [...]

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 8 October 2010 at 6:35 pm

Miliband fails first test by miscasting Alan Johnson, Chunomics

Miliband fails first test by miscasting Alan Johnson

Not the least skill required of a political leader is judgement, and especially judgement in the people around him. On that basis, Ed Miliband has flunked his first serious test in appointing Alan Johnson as shadow chancellor. I would even go so far as to say that Labour would be far better served by Mr [...]

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 8 October 2010 at 6:30 pm

Fox set to win aircraft carrier skirmish?

There was a crunch meeting about defence spending yesterday and lots of differing reports about what went on. This is how I understand it – after his tough talking and that leaked letter, Liam Fox looks likely to be able to declare a victory, of sorts…
David Cameron is poised to approve the £5.2bn construction of two new [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 8 October 2010 at 11:26 am

Why we need to continue investing in transport, Battle of Ideas

Why we need to continue investing in transport

Further, faster, cheaper, better – ever since the invention of the wheel, human progress can be measured by increases in the speed, affordability and ease of mobility.

By | Battle of Ideas | Friday, 8 October 2010 at 12:00 am

The Three (or Four) Wasted Years, Eagle Eye

The Three (or Four) Wasted Years

By the way, did you notice that line in David Cameron’s speech yesterday?
When we are done with these cuts, spending on public services will actually still be at the same level that it was in 2006.
Is that all? What, you might ask, have the last four years all been about? Well, I’ll tell you. Tony [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 9:58 pm

Who Didn’t Say What, Eagle Eye

Who Didn’t Say What

As a service to digital archiving, I seek to preserve the gems of the occasional paragraph called “Notes” in The Independent’s Viewspaper. Possibly because they are printed in an odd typeface, they are not on the website. But two of the recent “Notes”, from 20 and 21 September, were particularly good, so I reproduce them [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 4:00 pm

Some other people disagreed with the Iraq war, Eagle Eye

Some other people disagreed with the Iraq war

This was not the headline the Law Society Gazette chose for its report of the report of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group and the Law Society’s international action team, which has been submitted to the Iraq Inquiry, just as you or I could submit our opinions. It opted for:
‘No legal case’ for Iraq invasion
The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 3:04 pm


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