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A Civil Liberties Posture Too Far, Eagle Eye

A Civil Liberties Posture Too Far

David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terrorism laws, agrees with Labour that the Government has weakened control orders too far. His latest report, published this morning, says Theresa May, the Home Secretary, should tighten up the rules for Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs), notably by restoring the power to relocate suspects (page 4):
Two significant [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 12:13 pm

Who banks with the Co-op?, Eagle Eye

Who banks with the Co-op?

Rachel Reeves, the shadow Work and Pensions secretary, does. She told BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning (at 1:16) that she was “very proud to bank with the Co-op, and I feel very let down by what’s happened”.
Given how much they used to go on about co-operative values, I wonder if Ed Balls and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 March 2014 at 5:26 pm

Heading for a Hung Parliament?, Eagle Eye

Heading for a Hung Parliament?

I am grateful to Electoral Calculus for producing a special version of its Polling Chart of Everything, showing the history of party support this parliament, as measured by ComRes for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday (the average of the company’s two series, telephone polls for The Independent and online polls for The Independent [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 4:23 pm

Genuine Shop Names: the next 20, Eagle Eye

Genuine Shop Names: the next 20

Still they keep coming. I listed the Top 10 Genuine Shop Names in The New Review, The Independent on Sunday magazine, at the weekend, and posted an overflow list of another 20 on the blog. In no time, thanks to the genius of Twitter, I have another 20, taking us up to a total of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 12:11 pm

The Human Variable, Eagle Eye

The Human Variable

A man died yesterday and with him, quietly, an era. The death of Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first post-fascist Prime Minister, has drawn relatively little attention, and perhaps this is how it should be. For all Spain’s current woes, democracy there is now business as usual, so the touch-and-go process by which it was re-established looms [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 9:15 pm

Top 30 Genuine Shop Names, Eagle Eye

Top 30 Genuine Shop Names

I have a Top 10 Genuine Shop Names in The New Review, The Independent on Sunday magazine, today. Here is photographic proof of my favourite, Melon Cauli, Birmingham. And below is a picture of Sellfridges, in Stoke Newington.
I had so many good nominations, though, that it would be a waste not to list the next [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 23 March 2014 at 7:00 pm

“Rocks on which hopes of Mr Miliband will be dashed”, Eagle Eye

“Rocks on which hopes of Mr Miliband will be dashed”

Philip Collins in today’s Times (pay wall) says the Budget revealed Labour’s weakness:
The most calamitous error, from which there has never been a clear way back, was not to concede, early and clearly, that Labour had carried on spending long after retrenchment was needed. Refusing to admit any culpability at all gave Mr Osborne the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 10:07 am

This parrot’s “retirement has ended”, Eagle Eye

This parrot’s “retirement has ended”

Ed Balls coined a new euphemism for death in his interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning. He was asked about the reform of defined contribution pensions in the Budget:
This is a very big and radical reform so it is important that we look hard to see what it is actually going [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 20 March 2014 at 9:20 pm

How to Respond to a Budget, Eagle Eye

How to Respond to a Budget

It is not as if the response to the Budget is so very difficult.
All Ed Miliband had to do was to remember one of Matthew Parris’s parliamentary sketches of the early Blair:
He tweaked this, prodded that, inspected the teeth of a clause or two – and pronounced that it did not pass muster. It was all [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 at 9:39 pm

Death of the Great Anti-Authoritarian, Eagle Eye

Death of the Great Anti-Authoritarian

This is a cross-post by Martin H from Politics Is Moral Psychology.
In the many obituaries published last week for Tony Benn much was made of his personal warmth, charm and honesty, his conviction politics and his singular commitment to a particular brand of left wing politics, still not reconciled to capitalism. His convictions were on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 4:37 pm


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