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The rise of the tea party isn’t all bad news for Obama’s Democrats, Eagle Eye

The rise of the tea party isn’t all bad news for Obama’s Democrats

Joke writers on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s satirical TV shows aren’t the only left-leaning Americans who appear to be starting to benefit from the  inexorable rise of the Tea Party movement.
More and more, as the US approach polling day in its  mid-term elections, do you here cannier figures in Democrat circles talk of using [...]

By | Eagle Eye, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 8:06 am

Can you teach an X-factor singer to have soul?, Battle of Ideas

Can you teach an X-factor singer to have soul?

Barb Jungr is an internationally acclaimed British recording artist and performer known for her radical interpretations of contemporary songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon. On Thursday next week (Oct 14th) she will speak at the Battle Satellite event “X-Factor: singing in the name of quality?”at the Royal College of Music. [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 12:01 am

Second class child benefit?, Eagle Eye

Second class child benefit?

I can see the argument that public sector schools and hospitals might get worse if only the poor use them (although I don’t necessarily buy it). But how does your child benefit get worse if top rate tax-payers don’t receive it?

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 2:55 pm

George Osborne’s gilt complex, Eagle Eye

George Osborne’s gilt complex

The problem is that Osborne still seems to see deficits as purely a result of government profligacy. And the interest payment, apparently, are all going to foreign states.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 1:50 pm

The world turned upside down: Mail, p5 vs Mail, p11

Mail, p5:  “Being slim ‘makes a woman happier than any man could’”.
Mail, p11: “Having a big bottom and thighs could shape up to a longer life, claim researchers”. And the intro in the paper that doesn’t get into print: “Curvy women such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Nigella Lawson may live longer thanks to their [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 11:50 am

Post-Lula Brazil: a country of the future?, Battle of Ideas

Post-Lula Brazil: a country of the future?

Brazil’s presidential election has gone to a second round. Victory for the Workers Party’s Dilma Rousseff, President Lula’s chosen successor and long-time frontrunner, now looks uncertain compared to a few days ago. Marina Silva, the third-placed candidate from the Green Party, had a strong showing and now turns potential king- or queen-maker in a run-off [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 12:01 am

Is the Channel Wider than the Atlantic?, Eagle Eye

Is the Channel Wider than the Atlantic?

I know the answer to this one! It’s number 394 in the series. Thanks to Robert for supplying this photograph.

Sorry – I missed number 392. That was asked on Saturday by champion contributor Mike Smithson at Political Betting:
Is Balls at Defence the coalition’s biggest fear?

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 4 October 2010 at 8:08 pm

Why Fox Might Have Leaked, Eagle Eye

Why Fox Might Have Leaked

A rather unenlightening “Diary of a Civil Servant” in The Observer yesterday. Its anonymous author opines that “leakers have different motives”, and suggests that ministers and their advisers sometimes leak “for political advantage”.
The most vulnerable time for any minister is when their policy proposal is sent round a cabinet committee for approval. If a colleague [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 4 October 2010 at 7:25 pm

Did Aristotle Onassis order Robert Kennedy shooting?, Eagle Eye

Did Aristotle Onassis order Robert Kennedy shooting?

Number 393 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Irish Central.
The first paragraph of its report is number 393a, rephrasing the question in fuller and sillier form:
Did Aristotle Onassis have Bobby Kennedy [right] killed by a member of the PLO in October 1968 because Bobby was trying to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 4 October 2010 at 2:31 pm

Marquanded!

I wrote a few weeks ago about what it’s like to be Aaronovitched.
Last week, alas, I was Marquanded.
Several days before seeing a preview for the latest edition of Prospect, I asked Laurence Earle, the Executive here who was looking after the Viewspaper, if I could write an essay for him on Edmund Burke. He said [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 4 October 2010 at 2:23 pm


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