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 [...]
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 [...]
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Hayes quotes from father Ralph Miliband’s unpublished autobiography, “I have moved within a rather narrow spectrum, in some ways very narrow indeed,” and says: “The observation is even more true of his younger [...]
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.
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, [...]
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 [...]
Depression Diary, Part 4
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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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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