Bernie Ecclestone and Hitler

It has taken Bernie Ecclestone two days to apologise for remarks he made praising Hitler as a man who could “get things done.” That is probably quick by his standards. It probably was a struggle for him to sya the word ’sprry’ at all, because this is a man accustomed to getting his way.
But the wording [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Tuesday, 7 July 2009 at 2:17 pm

Bill the taxpayer

An excerpt from the Commons debate on the Finance Bill three weeks ago catches my eye:
“William Cash (Stone): Not only is the Government’s failure even to carry through their manifesto promise on tax yet another example of how the Prime Minister and the Government are continuously losing authority and of how everything that he touches [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Friday, 29 May 2009 at 2:17 pm

Julie Kirkbride and 'the power of recall'

Of all the ideas about constitutional reform swirling around at the moment, the one that is most topical today is the notion of ‘the power of recall’. It is suggested that the voters should have the power to sack individual MPs in mid-Parliament if they have become mired in scandal. In Bromsgrove, the spontaneous ‘Julie [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Thursday, 28 May 2009 at 12:50 pm

Publisher's "bury bad news" day

Public relations people get more competitive by the day. No more the lazy days when they earned their keep by sending press releases through the post and waiting for the telephone to ring. The keenest now keep a constant eye on the news, looking out for events that can be used as a peg to [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Thursday, 26 February 2009 at 11:02 am

George Davis was relatively innocent

I am sorry that Rose Dean-Davis, wife of that celebrated East End gangster George Davis has died. The campaign that she organised to get her husband out of jail was very imaginative. You could still see the famous slogan “George Davis is Innocent O.K.” painted on a wall along the Walworth Road full ten years after [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Tuesday, 3 February 2009 at 6:15 pm

Sympathy for the Devil

There is an old joke which I think originated in East Germany during the reign of the appalling Walter Ulbricht. Two East Germans who knew each other well were having a chat, when one said: ”What do you really think of Ulbricht?” The other went ashen, seized his friend by the arm, took him out of the room, [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Thursday, 29 January 2009 at 6:23 pm

Stephenson and the playground cop

I am pleased to see that Sir Paul Stephenson, the new head of the Metropolitan Police, does not want to be a celebrity but does want to be his own man. I hope that means he will avoid the current obsession with statistics and targets.
Last night, I met the policeman who is assigned to visit [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Thursday, 29 January 2009 at 11:07 am

Green Shoots

The best I can say for Shriti Vadera and her ‘green shoots’ gaffe is that it was a throwaway comment in a television interview, whereas Norman Lamont’s use of the same phrase was a centrepiece of a scripted speech to Conservative Annual conference. He meant it; she wishes she had not said it.
But there is [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Thursday, 15 January 2009 at 12:33 pm

Of Course there is a Master Bate in Pugwash

I am shocked, SHOCKED, to read the assertion in The Times today that “there was no Master Bates” in the stories of Captain Pugwash.
Years ago, Pugwash’s creator, John Ryan, successfully sued two newspaper who had fallen for the urban myth that his characters include a ’Seaman Staines’ and a ‘Roger the Cabin Boy’. There is no such [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Wednesday, 7 January 2009 at 2:06 pm

Where to buy manure, and what to do after you have fished a body out of the canal in Liverpool.

As every shopper will have noticed, it is difficult to find a reliable beast tamer or manure dealer in the modern shopping parade. But if you are curious to know what was on sale in your local high street 100 years ago, or more, it is worth a dip into the Ancestry website, where a [...]

By | Eagle Eye, McSmith | Tuesday, 6 January 2009 at 5:00 pm

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