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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

Kay Burley rides again!

The amazing story of Kay Burley’s on-air absurdities continues!
Back in May, after her astonishing attack on a voting reform campaigner during an interview, Iain M Hepburn documented a list of the presenter’s total screw-ups. 
They demand to be read, which they can be, here.
This lady - who was forced to apologise on-air after describing an Ash Wednesday [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 2:49 pm

Dead parrots, rap and a red head, Eagle Eye

Dead parrots, rap and a red head

My commentary on David Cameron’s speech for The Independent is here. Three bits for which there wasn’t space are here:
Remember what they said about us? They called us a dead parrot. They said we had ceased to be. That we were an ex-party. Turns out we really were only resting.
This was the first joke, an [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 1:25 pm

Cameron’s money illusion returns, Eagle Eye

Cameron’s money illusion returns

Cameron’s statistic on Labour’s borrowing would have been interesting if Britain had experienced zero inflation since 1710. But the fact is that we have had rather a lot.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 11:37 am

Daily Mail sticks it to Cameron, Eagle Eye

Daily Mail sticks it to Cameron

After the first party conference speech by a Conservative Prime Minister for 14 years, David Cameron finds himself totally shunned this morning by the Daily Mail, traditionally one of the party’s staunchest supporters.
Mr Cameron merits not one mention on the Mail’s front page, not in a headline, not in the skyline, not even in the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 10:17 am

Abortion: Why doctors should have the ‘right to refuse’

The issue of conscientious objection within healthcare has come to the fore, as Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe are set to vote on a resolution calling for the removal of the right of doctors to opt out of referring women for abortions. Proposing the motion, Christine McCafferty of the UK [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 9:35 am

Are our liberties threatened by the fear of real freedom?, Battle of Ideas

Are our liberties threatened by the fear of real freedom?

The liberal left is suffering from intellectual amnesia about the attack on liberty that happened under New Labour. New Labour introduced more than 3,000 new laws by 2007, some of which were denounced as undermining fundamental “British” principles of justice. The title of an Independent article summarised the situation ‘New Labour, New Britain: Taking [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 October 2010 at 12:01 am

Was Cameron playing a little too freely with Balls quote?, Eagle Eye

Was Cameron playing a little too freely with Balls quote?

Never mind the innuendo, this, asked by Michael Crick, Newsnight’s political editor, is number 395 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. I must admit that I assumed, when David Cameron in his conference speech today quoted Ed Balls, that he had distorted the shadow shadow chancellor’s meaning:
Ed Balls, the man [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 10:26 pm

Crude Cameron, Eagle Eye

Crude Cameron

Tony Blair used to have some fun with John Prescott – but at least he never stood up before a Labour Party conference and called him a fat git.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 4:20 pm


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