It was number 853 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No, asked by The Economist
Can Cameron keep both Scotland in the United Kingdom and the UK in the European Union?
We come now to the interview with Lord O’Donnell in the series of interviews with Cabinet Secretaries past and present on the website put together by the Mile End Group for 10 Downing Street.
From the casual, Boy George, in the Daily Mail:
The crime you would commit knowing you could get away with it: I’d break into Tony Blair’s office and find out why he got Britain into the Iraq war.
To the vicious, Brian Reade, in the Mirror:
Like Wendi Deng, I too miss Tony Blair. Not so much his “piercing [...]
David Cameron has just made his biggest intervention yet in the fight over Scottish independence. This may or may not prove to be a good idea.
The PM is a skilled public speaker, but his party’s image in Scotland remains pestilential*, not helped by Cameron’s own background. Unfair though it is, he’s a gift to nationalists [...]
Here’s a mischievous thought: what if the Treasury’s dodgy graphical practices were applied to some key public finance charts?
This isn’t a great graph: best I could do quickly with Google Spreadsheet. But it shows those intending to vote Yes in all the polls on Scottish independence since January 2102 (when the referendum question was settled).
The figure is the percentage, excluding don’t knows, who say they will vote Yes. The horizontal time line is [...]
The capture of a dog belonging to US troops provokes an unexpected reaction
I have just caught up with this fine study of Labour backbench dissent under Gordon Brown, by Philip Cowley and Mark Stuart (subscription). It describes a government and parliamentary party in a state of advanced psychological and political decay.
I remember being puzzled as a pupil by the explanation we were given at O-level for Clement [...]
The Chancellor is already claiming that there is no alternative to his plans. But that is simply not true. And, furthermore, the economic assumptions on which his fiscal forecasts are based are quite challenge-able.
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