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The intellectual foundations of the Tea Party – a stunning essay, Eagle Eye

The intellectual foundations of the Tea Party – a stunning essay

Not by me, obviously.

This essay in last week’s New Yorker by Sean Wilentz is one of the finest essays on American politics I have ever read.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 18 October 2010 at 3:06 pm

End of the “pinned against the wall” myth, Eagle Eye

End of the “pinned against the wall” myth

Chris Ames did not agree with the use of military force in Iraq, but I am consistently impressed by his fairmindedness and the thoroughness with which he compiles information on the British decision to join the US-led invasion at his Iraq Inquiry Digest.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 18 October 2010 at 2:25 pm

Patient-centred healthcare: the right to choose?, Battle of Ideas

Patient-centred healthcare: the right to choose?

So patients will now have even more “choice” than ever before. This is a development from the “choice” first offered in 2006, revised in 2008 and, a year later, formalised as a right in the NHS constitution. So why is the “choice” agenda becoming so central to the NHS? And, equally, why do so many people remain sceptical of it?

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Monday, 18 October 2010 at 12:01 am

“A cult for people who like delivering leaflets”, Eagle Eye

“A cult for people who like delivering leaflets”

There is more high quality recent history in Dennis Kavanagh and Philip Cowley’s The British General Election of 2010. I was particularly impressed by the chapter on the Liberal Democrats, which I should have read before I wrote today’s Independent on Sunday column.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 17 October 2010 at 11:15 pm

Tide turns against tidal power, Eagle Eye

Tide turns against tidal power

The Independent on Sunday has the scoop on tomorrow’s announcement by Chris Huhne, the Climate Change Secretary: he will scrap the plan to build a barrage across the Severn estuary to generate electricity from tidal flows.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 17 October 2010 at 10:10 pm

Police state update, Eagle Eye

Police state update

Brilliant diary story by Matthew Bell in today’s Independent on Sunday:

Residents of Hampstead are up in arms after a commemorative frieze of George Orwell’s face was stolen from a wall marking the location of Booklover’s Corner, the second-hand shop where he worked in the 1930s.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 17 October 2010 at 12:42 pm

A helping hand? Sportsmanship and cheating, Arts

A helping hand? Sportsmanship and cheating

Whether one plays to win or plays to simply play doesn’t bother me one whit. If you can’t win in sport, you lose. I don’t want India to win in cricket, Reading or East Bengal clubs in football, or Roger Federer in tennis at any cost; I want them to win at all costs. The pursuit of winning a game, unadulterated by petty diversions, is the very essence of sport.

By | Arts, Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Sunday, 17 October 2010 at 12:01 am

Tories come out of conference season ahead, Eagle Eye

Tories come out of conference season ahead

The ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror dashes Labour’s pre-conference hopes of going into the lead:

Con 40% (+1)

Lab 34% (-2)

LibDem 14% (-1)

Others 12% (+2)

(Comparison is with last ComRes poll for The Independent published 2 October.)

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 7:30 pm

A target size for the banking sector?, Eagle Eye

A target size for the banking sector?

Nick Crafts, Professor of Economic History at Warwick (right), is another of my heroes, and he also has an article in this month’s Parliamentary Brief. Here is the bit that caught my eye:

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 5:23 pm

Heel-dragging, Eagle Eye

Heel-dragging

Guy Keleny, one of my favourite columnists, has an excellent item in today’s Errors & Omissions in The Independent about a misconceived turn of phrase I had not noticed before:

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 16 October 2010 at 3:49 pm


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