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History Test, Eagle Eye

History Test

Compare and contrast, paying particular attention to the ways in which the authors express support of and opposition to the proposition.

Keith Richards, interviewed by Caitlin Moran in The Times (pay wall) (via Iain Martin):

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 10:13 am

Why we should phase out state-funded religious schools, Battle of Ideas

Why we should phase out state-funded religious schools

What sort of education do we want to provide for our children and in what sort of environment? Those of us who work for the reform or phasing out of state-funded religious schools do so because we want every state school to be open to children of every background, no matter what their parents’ or their own beliefs – political, religious, or philosophical.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 6:35 am

Inflation: now you see it, now you don’t, Eagle Eye

Inflation: now you see it, now you don’t

Here’s how you deal with inflation if you’re on the right. When your talking about public spending ignore the fact that it exists and pick a big scary misleading number to illustrate your point. And when talking about fiscal drag or granny’s savings, remember that inflation exists and complain about it.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 October 2010 at 6:41 pm

Is Nick Denton really the new Rupert Murdoch?, Eagle Eye

Is Nick Denton really the new Rupert Murdoch?

With thanks to the usually superb John Cassidy, I humbly submit the above question to my esteemed colleague John Rentoul, for consideration for his outstanding series on Questions in Headlines to which the answer is No.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 October 2010 at 3:03 pm

An Apology to Nick Brown, Eagle Eye

An Apology to Nick Brown

In last weekend’s column, I said that Nick Brown reacted badly when Ed Miliband told him that he wanted someone else as Labour chief whip. I said that Brown had appealed to Ed Balls to back him. I have now spoken to Brown, who says that this is not so.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 15 October 2010 at 1:57 pm

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


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