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Why Obama fell out with the Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Eye

Why Obama fell out with the Chamber of Commerce

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.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 October 2010 at 12:41 pm

Trust in an age of cynicism, Battle of Ideas

Trust in an age of cynicism

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?

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 October 2010 at 6:00 am

The Cover-Up Begins (to be made up), Eagle Eye

The Cover-Up Begins (to be made up)

“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, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 9:54 pm

They signed it though they knew it was wrong, Eagle Eye

They signed it though they knew it was wrong

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.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 5:10 pm

“Los 57″, Eagle Eye

“Los 57″

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.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 4:28 pm

Populism, not conservatism, is the Tea Party’s creed, Eagle Eye

Populism, not conservatism, is the Tea Party’s creed

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.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 4:06 pm

Should the Fed adopt a price level target?

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?

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 11:34 am

Music: for education or political gain?, Battle of Ideas

Music: for education or political gain?

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.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 14 October 2010 at 6:41 am

Tunnel vision, Eagle Eye

Tunnel vision

Is there a prize for the worst gratuitous use of a Chilean miner metaphor in political sketches or columns tomorrow? Will anyone ask if counsellors are on hand to guide Liberal Democrats through the trauma of emerging from deep below the surface into the harsh light of reality? Who will wonder if Ed Miliband has [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 13 October 2010 at 9:59 pm

The Chamber vs the Country, Eagle Eye

The Chamber vs the Country

I was in the Chamber for what promised to be one of those great House of Commons moments, Ed Miliband’s first Prime Minister’s Questions as Leader of the Opposition. It did not disappoint, as an occasion.
Miliband looked nervous, and spoke in a subdued manner. But he had some good prepared lines, which he delivered with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 13 October 2010 at 7:18 pm


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