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Perhaps they mean ironic, Eagle Eye

Perhaps they mean ironic

Alex Massie draws the Committee’s attention to a grievous omission. Some fool has left “iconic” off the Banned List.
This means that Guy Keleny, custodian of The Independent’s Errors and Omissions, has had to devote valuable time and space to restating what should have been taken for granted:
Evidently, this column needs to reopen its campaign against [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 September 2010 at 9:16 pm

Gibbering Statterate, Eagle Eye

Gibbering Statterate

That will teach me. I feel a right Gibbard Satterthwaite now. I said that one of the advantages of the Alternative Vote was that it removes the need to vote tactically, because it by definition transfers your vote to your next best choice. As The Man said:
You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 September 2010 at 1:54 pm

Business as usual for Bob Diamond and for the banks, Chunomics

Business as usual for Bob Diamond and for the banks

If the banking world wanted to show the rest of us that things are back to “business as usual” they could not have found a more potent symbol than to have promoted the head of Barclays Capital, the so-called “casino” end of Barclays, to run the group as a whole.
Mr Diamond’s (right) operation was [...]

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 7 September 2010 at 12:21 pm

The Empty Victory, Eagle Eye

The Empty Victory

Nothing much to say about Tony Blair’s decision to cancel his book signing in central London on Wednesday. At one level, it is terrible to give in to the mongers of hate. But on another, why give the sellers-on of the venom in the Daily Mail, Guardian and BBC the chance to work themselves up [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 6 September 2010 at 9:33 pm

Rentoul suffers cognitive dissonance, Eagle Eye

Rentoul suffers cognitive dissonance

I have just had one of those near-life-changing moments. One of my most solid political convictions was nearly overturned this morning. A lot of people seem to be getting their Labour leadership ballot papers today (a bit later than I thought), and it emerged in separate conversations with two highly-intelligent party members that they do [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 6 September 2010 at 3:13 pm

Taking the Blair bait, Eagle Eye

Taking the Blair bait

I don’t deny that several newspapers,not to mention lots of commentators, have it in for Blair. And much of the criticism is grossly over the top. But I also feel that he overdoes it when he accuses the British media, as a whole, of being biased against Blair.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 6 September 2010 at 1:59 pm

“An intense psychological discomfort redirected”, Eagle Eye

“An intense psychological discomfort redirected”

My good colleague and fellow Eagle Eye blogger Ben Chu has asked the question, “Is the British press biased against Blair?” in the hope of making an unexpected entry in my well-known series.
I am afraid his application has been rejected by the committee, on the grounds that the Pope’s religion is well known. Ben makes [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 6 September 2010 at 11:53 am

Independent/Yoosk Labour Video Hustings, Eagle Eye

Independent/Yoosk Labour Video Hustings

Just in case you haven’t yet had enough of the Labour candidates, here’s a quick-fire hustings with a slight difference. Questions chosen by Yoosk (“you ask, we connect, they answer”); answers on YouTube video and collected here for your discriminating decision-making.
Do you think you would be well placed to lead a coalition government?

Ed Balls starts [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 6 September 2010 at 10:15 am

Is the British press biased against Blair?, Eagle Eye

Is the British press biased against Blair?

Perhaps we should be sceptical of the hysterical argument made by some of his ardent supporters that the media as a whole has it in for the man.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 September 2010 at 7:36 pm

A Mormon-style Devotee Speaks, Eagle Eye

A Mormon-style Devotee Speaks

I see that the Daily Mail journalist John Kampfner has repeated his claim that I called him a Saddamite in a radio discussion. I am, indeed, the “Mormon-style devotee” of Blair’s “tiny army of defenders” to whom he referred in The Independent this week. (Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City, right.)
What I said was that it was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 4 September 2010 at 5:40 pm


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