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Sofa, so good, Eagle Eye

Sofa, so good

Obvious from Theresa May on Newsnight last night, Iain Duncan Smith in The Independent this morning and Eric Pickles on ITV News just now that the Cabinet was not consulted about the decision to abolish child benefit for higher-rate income-tax payers.
But where oh where are the Peter Hennessys, Henry Porters, Peter Obornes and all the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 2:21 pm

More naked bathing, Eagle Eye

More naked bathing

According to the right, rich women should be encouraged, through the benefits system, to stay at home and have children rather than work. But poor women should be encouraged, through the benefits system, to stop producing offspring and to get a job.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 2:00 pm

Mustard Corduroys, Eagle Eye

Mustard Corduroys

In one of the small variations from the speech he gave to Conservative conference last year, the year before that and the year before that, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, played Classic Canon Bingo with his admiring audience yesterday.
Most Tory representatives had ticked off each name and were shouting “House!” by the time he got [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 1:54 pm

The naked bathers of British politics, Eagle Eye

The naked bathers of British politics

This week’s row over child benefit has revealed some striking examples of hypocrisy from commentators and politicians.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 1:19 pm

Have the Chinese lost face over the Morrissey “subspecies” comment?, Eagle Eye

Have the Chinese lost face over the Morrissey “subspecies” comment?

In an interview in the Guardian recently, Morrissey, former singer of The Smiths, describes Chinese people as a “subspecies” because of their treatment of animals. Morrissey is on record as vehemently denying allegations of racism on several occasions.
The response of the British Chinese community was deafening silence. Can you imagine the fuss if Morrissey had [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 10:42 am

The rise of the tea party isn’t all bad news for Obama’s Democrats, Eagle Eye

The rise of the tea party isn’t all bad news for Obama’s Democrats

Joke writers on Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s satirical TV shows aren’t the only left-leaning Americans who appear to be starting to benefit from the  inexorable rise of the Tea Party movement.
More and more, as the US approach polling day in its  mid-term elections, do you here cannier figures in Democrat circles talk of using [...]

By | Eagle Eye, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 8:06 am

Can you teach an X-factor singer to have soul?, Battle of Ideas

Can you teach an X-factor singer to have soul?

Barb Jungr is an internationally acclaimed British recording artist and performer known for her radical interpretations of contemporary songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon. On Thursday next week (Oct 14th) she will speak at the Battle Satellite event “X-Factor: singing in the name of quality?”at the Royal College of Music. [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 12:01 am

Second class child benefit?, Eagle Eye

Second class child benefit?

I can see the argument that public sector schools and hospitals might get worse if only the poor use them (although I don’t necessarily buy it). But how does your child benefit get worse if top rate tax-payers don’t receive it?

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 2:55 pm

George Osborne’s gilt complex, Eagle Eye

George Osborne’s gilt complex

The problem is that Osborne still seems to see deficits as purely a result of government profligacy. And the interest payment, apparently, are all going to foreign states.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 1:50 pm

The world turned upside down: Mail, p5 vs Mail, p11

Mail, p5:  “Being slim ‘makes a woman happier than any man could’”.
Mail, p11: “Having a big bottom and thighs could shape up to a longer life, claim researchers”. And the intro in the paper that doesn’t get into print: “Curvy women such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Nigella Lawson may live longer thanks to their [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 11:50 am


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