The other item in The Times today (pay wall) is an article by Peter Hyman. Anyone who saw Tony Blair’s former speech writer on Newsnight this week will know that he is even more, er, emphatic than I am about the wrong choice foisted on the Labour Party by the Forces of Whelan. Here is [...]
Two interesting political items behind the pay wall at The Times today. One is an interview with Charlie Whelan, who has just retired as political director of Unite, having played a central role in giving Neil Kinnock his party back. The photograph by Tom Main alone is worth the subscription (a small version, right).
The article starts [...]
What do the following stories have in common?
Andrew Wakefield’s influential 1998 paper suggesting a connection between autism and the MMR vaccine is fully retracted by the journal that originally published it.
Thousands of leaked emails appear to show climate scientists colluding to suppress the publication of research.
14 eminent stem cell biologists complain that an obstructive clique [...]
So far at the IMF, so true to form. All agree that the world will get poorer if everyone tries to devalue their currencies at once (actually a logical impossibility) and if all try to deflate at the same time. All agree on the need for coordination and all agree on the need for leadership.
Not the least skill required of a political leader is judgement, and especially judgement in the people around him. On that basis, Ed Miliband has flunked his first serious test in appointing Alan Johnson as shadow chancellor. I would even go so far as to say that Labour would be far better served by Mr [...]
There was a crunch meeting about defence spending yesterday and lots of differing reports about what went on. This is how I understand it – after his tough talking and that leaked letter, Liam Fox looks likely to be able to declare a victory, of sorts…
David Cameron is poised to approve the £5.2bn construction of two new [...]
Further, faster, cheaper, better – ever since the invention of the wheel, human progress can be measured by increases in the speed, affordability and ease of mobility.
By the way, did you notice that line in David Cameron’s speech yesterday?
When we are done with these cuts, spending on public services will actually still be at the same level that it was in 2006.
Is that all? What, you might ask, have the last four years all been about? Well, I’ll tell you. Tony [...]
As a service to digital archiving, I seek to preserve the gems of the occasional paragraph called “Notes” in The Independent’s Viewspaper. Possibly because they are printed in an odd typeface, they are not on the website. But two of the recent “Notes”, from 20 and 21 September, were particularly good, so I reproduce them [...]
This was not the headline the Law Society Gazette chose for its report of the report of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group and the Law Society’s international action team, which has been submitted to the Iraq Inquiry, just as you or I could submit our opinions. It opted for:
‘No legal case’ for Iraq invasion
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