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Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month we had a two-point Labour lead.
This time we have repeated our Favourability Index, asking if people have a favourable or unfavourable view of six parties – Labour, Conservative, UKIP, Lib Dem, SNP and Greens – and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 10:49 am

Indian government tries to block revealing BBC rape film, Battle of Ideas

Indian government tries to block revealing BBC rape film

The Indian government is adept at shooting itself in the foot, especially on social issues. In the past three days, it has done this spectacularly by trying – and failing – to impose an international ban on an hour-long film, India’s Daughter, about an horrific and fatal rape that shocked the world when it took place on [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 5 March 2015 at 5:25 pm

There’s nothing left-wing about a higher inflation target, Chunomics

There’s nothing left-wing about a higher inflation target

There’s nothing especially political about it. It’s a hard-nosed calculation that weighs up the costs of higher average inflation on the one hand, against the benefits of more stable inflation and real activity on the other.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at 1:53 pm

Magical thinking now dominates our politics, Chunomics

Magical thinking now dominates our politics

UKIP, the SNP and the Greens cut through all the complexity and noise. They say quite simple things, in straightforward ways. They’re clear. They’re economical. They’re succinct – and they look like they mean it.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 3:48 pm

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript, Chunomics

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript

* Many bankers are still overpaid
* The Chancellor’s Help to Buy subsidies are not a good idea
* Banks should not be broken up
* Narrow banking (ordinary deposits all backed by ultra-safe government bond) would be “too risky”
* Higher equity buffers for banks will result in less credit for the real economy

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 12:50 pm

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll, Eagle Eye

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll

Most voters – male and female – think that Labour’s pink “Woman to Woman” bus patronises women, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. The poll finds 57 per cent of women and 55 per cent of men agree that, “by travelling around Britain in a pink [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 7:28 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month the poll showed Labour with a one-point lead over the Conservatives.
In addition to asking people how they would vote in the election, we surveyed attitudes to Harriet Harman’s pink bus, asking if people agreed or disagreed with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 10:39 am

Nicola Sturgeon – with fiscal friends like these…., Chunomics

Nicola Sturgeon – with fiscal friends like these….

A policy that goes in the right direction risks being branded economically illiterate or dishonest by association.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 13 February 2015 at 11:44 am

What is really happening to average pay?, Chunomics

What is really happening to average pay?

People in continuous employment always see pay rise faster than all employees and this is neither surprising nor new.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 10 February 2015 at 4:05 pm

Michael Gove: The Myth of the Zombie Parliament, Eagle Eye

Michael Gove: The Myth of the Zombie Parliament

Michael Gove, the Chief Whip, spoke at Policy Exchange today. Here is the text (cartoon by Political Satire Book of the Year award winner Martin Rowson, with his kind permission):
Unfashionable causes should always know they have an ally in me. Learning poetry by heart, keeping the Elgin marbles in the British Museum, allowing Wham to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 5 February 2015 at 7:41 pm


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