Our text of the week is Torsten Bell’s email to Greg Beales and others, as published by the Mail on Sunday:
As an example of why we’re having problems on EB messaging – this is his current three-part argument:
Cost of living
Recovery built to last
Economy works for working people
There has been a lot of comment about this, [...]
That nagging feeling that there is something missing? The internet is not the same without Normblog.
Since the death of Norman Geras last month a few people have said things about blogs and blogging that I thought were notable.
Paul Evans’s comments on why Normblog was so good were perceptive. He pointed out the significance of Norm’s [...]
Being open-minded and all, I’ll read anyone occasionally, no matter how much I have disagreed with them in the past. Thus Henry Porter in today’s Observer. Still, this part was interesting:
Could it be that Blair and the civil servants who oversaw the preparations for war always knew that the excuse of preserving the confidentiality of [...]
I thought I had come across a sensational story when reading Lord Butler’s comments at a Foreign Office seminar in February – the one in which he repeated his disparaging views of Tony Blair’s decision-making before the Iraq invasion. As an aside, talking about how Harold Wilson managed his Cabinet in the European referendum of 1975, [...]
I took some time off, so don’t have a column in The Independent on Sunday today. Instead have written about our ComRes poll (more here) and the Top 10 Ways of Defeating the Daleks.
If I had written a political column, it would have been copied from Hopi Sen’s brilliant Autumn Statement, as ought to be [...]
Labour has increased its lead in The Independent on Sunday’s monthly opinion poll, shared with the Sunday Mirror and conducted by ComRes, but more than half of voters (53%) say that they cannot imagine Ed Miliband as prime minister.
Con 29% (-3)
Lab 35% (0)
UKIP 17% (+1)
LibDem 10% (+1)
Others 9% (+1)
Labour’s lead is up three points since [...]
We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. As well as voting intention – it will be interesting to see if the pattern of increased Labour leads in other recent polls is repeated – we asked if people agreed or disagreed with the following statements.
Sir John [...]
Iain Martin wrote an excellent blog post yesterday, headlined, “David Cameron has played a blinder on the Scottish referendum”, which is true, if premature.
I have written that much of the credit for the Discomfiture of Alex Salmond, if it happens, belongs to Michael Moore, inexplicably sacked from the Cabinet by Nick Clegg, whose judgement continues [...]
I have a comment at Independent Voices responding to today’s front-page lead story in The Independent, which looks good, by the way.
Once again I gently remind people that Tony Blair could not have “committed” the UK to military action before the decision of the Cabinet and the vote in Parliament. Nor was his support for [...]
Professor Alastair Campbell’s second Cambridge lecture, delivered this afternoon, is just as interesting as his first. (Photograph by Oliver F Atkins of Richard Nixon leaving the White House after resigning in 1974: triumph for Woodward and Bernstein; disaster for journalism.)
Here is the full text:
A few years ago, Carl Bernstein and I shared a platform at [...]
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