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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. Several recent polls have suggested a tightening of the Labour lead (ICM three points, Ipsos MORI three points, YouGov five points, Populus one point), so it will be interesting to see what ComRes’s online series has to say.
Also, we [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 11:51 am

Tony Benn, Heroic Failure, Eagle Eye

Tony Benn, Heroic Failure

Tony Benn has died at the age of 88.
By all accounts, the world has lost a warm and generous man who was liked and respected by friends and colleagues across the political spectrum. Having been born in 1987, I remember him only in the final phase of his career, when he’d long settled into his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 9:23 am

Top 40 Lost Positives, Eagle Eye

Top 40 Lost Positives

I ended up with so many lost positives that I could have compiled a small dictionary of them. There are certainly enough to use in a story. Jack Winter has already done that: “How I Met My Wife“, brought to my attention by Toby Manhire.
I selected a Top 10 for The Independent on Sunday magazine last [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 March 2014 at 10:18 pm

Are too many people paying higher rate tax?, Chunomics

Are too many people paying higher rate tax?

Next time you hear someone moaning about too many people paying higher rate income tax and bemoaning the iniquity of fiscal drag remember that income tax isn’t everything.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 March 2014 at 12:45 pm

The Peculiar Antique Politics of Bob Crow, Eagle Eye

The Peculiar Antique Politics of Bob Crow

Suzanne Moore in The Guardian detected a trace of hypocrisy in some of the coverage of the death of Bob Crow at the age of 52:
The shock of Bob Crow’s death was closely followed by another peculiar aftershock: those who had hated him while he was alive queued up to praise him.
One of those who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 10:36 am

Europe can wean itself off Russian gas, Chunomics

Europe can wean itself off Russian gas

Serious entry into the low carbon business, renewable energy today is cheap. In fact in many cases it is cheaper than conventional energy.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 3:05 pm

Never Closer Union, part 2, Eagle Eye

Never Closer Union, part 2

Further to my previous post, a footnote on Ed Miliband’s article in the Financial Times (limited free access). He says that “ever closer union” – the phrase that David Cameron wants to excise from the EU treaties – is “not Labour’s vision for Europe”. And he wants to transfer power to national parliaments. But he doesn’t say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:31 am

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time, Eagle Eye

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum,” Ed Miliband told the House of Commons in January last year. There was uproar, and afterwards Ed Balls told him off for not adding “now” at the end of the sentence. But what Miliband said then has turned out to be what he meant.
Today is a triumph [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:14 am

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”, Eagle Eye

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”

The Labour modernisers are alive and still kicking. As well as Stella Creasy, who wants to extend consumer rights to the public sector, and Dan Jarvis and Steve Reed, who are tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, there is Liz Kendall.
The Shadow Minister for Care and Older People (you know, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 11:47 am

Schools inequality: what works, Eagle Eye

Schools inequality: what works

All right. Something useful happened at the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York last week. There was a fringe meeting, at which Stephen Tall (pictured) spoke about his work for the Education Endowment Foundation.
The EEF is interested in what works in reducing educational inequality, which is something on which the UK has a worse record [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 10:01 am


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