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Projective Non-Identification, Eagle Eye

Projective Non-Identification

After musing on how Julian Assange rewards those who see their cause in him with his hatred, David Aaronovitch turns this fine paragraph in his Notebook in The Times (pay wall) this morning:
In his famous essay on “radical chic” in America, Tom Wolfe depicted, in the encounter over canapés between the Black Panthers and the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 February 2014 at 8:27 am

Why the TV debates won’t happen, Eagle Eye

Why the TV debates won’t happen

I have predicted in The Independent on Sunday today that the televised leaders’ debates, which took place for the first time in the last general election campaign, will not happen next time.
The Labour Party tried to get the TV debates story going over the quiet news period of Christmas and New Year, as The Guardian reported, but [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 23 February 2014 at 2:48 pm

Ed Miliband, of the high metropolitan left, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband, of the high metropolitan left

David Hayes of Inside Story returns to British politics to “dig deep” into Ed Miliband as a possible prime minister, and then “stand back”.
Hayes quotes from father Ralph Miliband’s unpublished autobiography, “I have moved within a rather narrow spectrum, in some ways very narrow indeed,” and says: “The observation is even more true of his younger [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 22 February 2014 at 11:55 am

Sorry Mr Pickles, but housing supply is still not matching demand, Chunomics

Sorry Mr Pickles, but housing supply is still not matching demand

On a rough estimate, the UK needs an additional 250,000 new homes each year to meet rising demand, as the population grows and more people choose to live alone. That works out as around 62,500 a quarter. Yet we’re still well short of that target.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 2:37 pm

War and Peace and SodaStream, Eagle Eye

War and Peace and SodaStream

Yesterday’s post was given over to the latest Depression Diary instalment, so I didn’t get a chance to write about our visit to the SodaStream factory. Yes, that SodaStream factory, the one inside the West Bank settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
Some people will need to hear no more. We all know what those settlers are like, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 at 10:19 pm

Blair responds to Brooks email, Eagle Eye

Blair responds to Brooks email

Statement by a spokesperson for Tony Blair:
“This was Mr Blair simply giving informal advice over the phone. He made it absolutely clear to Ms Brooks that, though he knew nothing personally about the facts of the case, in a situation as serious as this it was essential to have a fully transparent and independent process [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 at 2:35 pm

Staying Alive, Eagle Eye

Staying Alive

Depression Diary, Part 4
(Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
I type this from the back seat of our delegation’s minibus, the laptop perched on my rucksack on my knees. I was hoping to have time to write this at the hotel, but we’re running late and our schedule is overstuffed (that’s a good thing, by the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 at 7:28 pm

Has the Commons become rowdier?, Eagle Eye

Has the Commons become rowdier?

Has Prime Minister’s Questions become rowdier? I listened to the audio of PMQs 26 years ago when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister and Neil Kinnock leader of the opposition on 17 May 1988 (part one and part two: total 15 minutes in those days – it was twice a week). The picture is from 1990, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 at 5:31 pm

What Is a Climate-Change Sceptic?, Eagle Eye

What Is a Climate-Change Sceptic?

The core of Ed Miliband’s charge against the Prime Minister on the environment is this: “Denial or dither on climate change will damage the country.” The Labour leader doesn’t quite say what he means by this, but the implication – about which I blogged yesterday – is that there are Conservatives in Government who are [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 February 2014 at 7:41 pm

God Country, Eagle Eye

God Country

I’m currently in Israel as part of a press delegation sent here by the British pro-Israel think tank BICOM (lovely people, by the way). My first day has been exhausting, and it’s not even over yet; in an hour or two, we’re meeting the director of the Jerusalem Press Club for dinner.
Today we went on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 17 February 2014 at 5:25 pm

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