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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Marvellous snippet in Clive Crook’s typically elegant and incisive column this morning.
“… Yet voters are not choosing the Republican alternative. On this, the polls could hardly be clearer. Mr Obama, despite his slide in popularity of the past two years, is better liked than either party in Congress. According to Gallup, the president’s job approval [...]
Worth the annual subscription on its own, this morning’s Financial Times performs an excellent service in destroying some of the falsities and myths that service what passes for a debate on immigration.
The data and analysis can be found here (£), as can James Boxell’s superb exercise in myth-busting.
It’s a great cut-out and keep page. Cut [...]
Ed Miliband might well prove a disaster. But that depends on how he does in the job. It wasn’t so long ago that the right was pouring scorn on Nick Clegg.
“The Devil knows the Bible like the back of his hand,” warned Tom Waits on Blood Money. Not as well as American atheists it seems. Recent research by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has found non-believers have a greater theological knowledge than many professed believers.
David Herdson at Political Betting asks, “How much has Ed’s win boosted the pro-AV camp?” Which mistakenly assumes that it has boosted it at all.
As I said at a Progress fringe meeting in Manchester last week, I thought Ed Miliband’s victory under the Alternative Vote system that the Labour Party uses for its internal elections [...]
I did not know that the Mark of Cain was put on him by God to protect him from those who might want to do him harm because he had killed his brother. (Cain and Abel, by Titian, right.) So it is an analogy that does not quite work for Ed Miliband, then.
I have written [...]
First there was Big Brother; now we have regressed as far as The Brothers.
I’m exaggerating, but not much. The front page story of David and Ed really does belong somewhere between Reality TV and 1970s-style Family Drama. Unlike the re-make of Bouquet of Barbed Wire, which has been broadcast on ITV1 recently, the re-make of [...]
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