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The Car Crash and “Scenario 4″, Eagle Eye

The Car Crash and “Scenario 4″

A while ago, I promised some more nuggets from the revised paperback edition of Andrew Rawnsley’s The End of the Party, to which the author with his trademark modesty has failed to draw the world’s attention.
He reports that, during the election campaign, Tony Blair misheard someone who told him about a car that crashed into [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 October 2010 at 10:08 pm

More reasons why the Iraq war was not wrong, Eagle Eye

More reasons why the Iraq war was not wrong

I seem, or rather Ed Miliband seems, to have (re)started something with the declaration that the invasion of Iraq was “wrong”, about which I wrote on Wednesday.
This generated a large number of comments, some of the authors of which seem to be coming to the issue for the first time, and some of them seem [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 October 2010 at 6:41 pm

“The most incredible feeling”, Eagle Eye

“The most incredible feeling”

Two quotations to deepen the gloom. A friend who left the Labour Party to join the SDP in the 1980s writes:
I was all ready to rejoin Labour before Ed got it. Even if I agreed with him on some things, his whole campaign was just so horribly cynical. Does anyone think that if he’d been [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 October 2010 at 5:49 pm

Whatever It Took, Eagle Eye

Whatever It Took

In a miserable failure of self-promotion by the seventh most popular media blog, I forgot to link to my review of Steve Richards’s excellent book, Whatever It Takes, on Sunday. The title of the book is taken from Brown’s speech at Labour conference in Manchester in September 2008, just after Lehman Brothers went bust: “When people [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 October 2010 at 11:40 am

Ignoring the social benefits of drinking, Battle of Ideas

Ignoring the social benefits of drinking

Socialising with alcohol is fun and we should not pretend otherwise. We also shouldn’t fool ourselves into thinking that young adults won’t eventually discover this and want to do it themselves. There is a reason why a taste for alcohol is not specific to a single demographic in society; why it is not something we “grow out of” and why, no matter how many times the NHS warns of it detrimental effects, we won’t stop drinking the stuff. That’s because chatting with friends over a pint or a bottle of wine is an enjoyable cultural tradition: the fuel of conversation, intimacy and the exchange of ideas.

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 October 2010 at 11:27 am

The Mop-and-Bucket Government, Eagle Eye

The Mop-and-Bucket Government

Unused quotation of last week, from Nick Clegg’s diary for The Spectator:
If someone’s sick in the back of my cab, nobody blames the person who comes with a mop and bucket to clean it up, do they?
How “a Liverpool cabbie” explained the coalition’s political situation to the Liberal Democrat leader. “A little too graphic, I fear, for my conference speech.”
Photograph: The Taxi Project, Tate Liverpool [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 4:45 pm

The Chief Whip Mystery, Eagle Eye

The Chief Whip Mystery

The mystery deepens of Ed Miliband’s sacking of Nick Brown as Labour chief whip – my scoop yesterday, previously discussed on this blog.
Guido Fawkes reports that Brown shared an adviser with Rosie Winterton (right), whom Ed Miliband chose as chief whip to replace him.
Which lends credence to a theory put to me by a supporter of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 2:11 pm

The West still needs to think big, Battle of Ideas

The West still needs to think big

As the F1 cars sped around the Marina Bay Circuit at the Singapore Grand Prix recently, viewers the world over may have noticed a new addition to the City’s skyline: Marina Bay Sands (picture right). It consists of three incongruently curved and offset 55-storey tablets bedecked by a “SkyPark” – longer than the Eiffel Tower [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 11:42 am

Art, attitude and the African woman

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from British rule and the entire month of October has been dedicated to the celebration of Black History. It is fitting to reflect on the enormous contributions that people of African origin have made to the world of art – for instance soul stirring music (James Brown, [...]

By | Arts, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 11:00 am

Three reasons why Iraq war was not wrong, Eagle Eye

Three reasons why Iraq war was not wrong

The Iraq war has been debated long enough, and to carry the debate on is backward-looking, but it was the Leader of the Opposition who raised it in his forward-looking, “optimistic” speech:
I do believe that we were wrong. Wrong to take Britain to war and we need to be honest about that. Wrong because that war [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 4:38 pm


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