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A word in defence of Eric Illsley

There is no excuse for the crimes to which Eric Illsley has pleaded guilty to day. He compounded the offence by standing for re-election in Barnsley Central last May when he should have known that this was how his career would end.
Even so, I can’t pretend to be glad to witness his self-destruction, because of [...]

By | McSmith | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 11:54 am

Ed Miliband Ties Himself to the Wrong Gordon Brown, Eagle Eye

Ed Miliband Ties Himself to the Wrong Gordon Brown

Esteemed Colleague Steve Richards has entered the debate between Gordon Brown Mk I and Gordon Brown Mk II.
GBI, you will remember, was the stickler for Prudence who, when the government raised £22bn from the sale of 3G licences in 2000 which now allow people to do clever things with smart phones and iPads, used it to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 10:18 am

Are the Queensland floods the result of Kevin Rudd speaking against Israel?, Eagle Eye

Are the Queensland floods the result of Kevin Rudd speaking against Israel?

As soon as someone used the phrase, “of biblical proportions”,* I knew that there was trouble ahead. Yes, it’s number 483 in the celebrated series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Daniel Nalliah at the Catch the Fire Ministries.
Thanks to Gwenhwyfaer.
*And thanks to tykejim in the comments for pointing out that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 9:07 am

We want equality for all, and we want it now, Notebook

We want equality for all, and we want it now

I can only describe Friday evening as the re-birth of a movement. It was the launch of ‘The Equality Movement’, established by myself and hip-hop artists Logic and Lowkey, and the room was packed with 600 people, with an overwhelming proportion of youth and ethnic minorities.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 8:00 am

iBet: Expect goals for Brentford, but less for Birmingham, Sport

iBet: Expect goals for Brentford, but less for Birmingham

Peterborough v Brentford
Lay under 1.5 goals @ 4.2 to one with Betfair
Regular readers will know that Peterborough have been my banker team for getting goals this season. Their 11 home games have featured an incredible 54 goals. I’ve stayed off them for a few weeks because the manager went on record [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 11 January 2011 at 1:00 am

Has an open season of hate been declared on the Pakistani community in Britain?, Eagle Eye

Has an open season of hate been declared on the Pakistani community in Britain?

Number 482 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Yvonne Ridley (right), the unsuccessful Respect coalition politician.
Number 481 was asked this morning by Hopi Sen of the sudden hyperactivity at the start of the new political season, with Nick Clegg on the radio, Ed Miliband holding a news conference and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 January 2011 at 5:11 pm

Sarah Palin, The Arizona Gunman and Individual Responsibility, Notebook

Sarah Palin, The Arizona Gunman and Individual Responsibility

On Saturday, Gabrielle Giffords, the US Democratic Representative for Arizona’s 8th District was shot in the head alongside 11 other victims, in a public attack that is occurring with growing regularity in America.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 10 January 2011 at 4:52 pm

Edin Dzeko is a £27.5m tonic for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez troubles, Sport

Edin Dzeko is a £27.5m tonic for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez troubles

Carlos Tevez’s ill-timed transfer request was a timely reminder to the Manchester City hierarchy of  just how unhealthy their dependence on the irascible Argentinian could be. The goalscoring burden has been carried dexterously by the club captain all season but Tevez’s employers must be uncomfortable about the extent of their reliance on a player [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 10 January 2011 at 4:11 pm

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Digital Digest

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By | Digital Digest | Monday, 10 January 2011 at 2:22 pm

A few thoughts on bankers’ bonuses, Chunomics

A few thoughts on bankers’ bonuses

A few thoughts on bankers’ bonuses. We don’t seem to be able to make our collective minds up about whether this is a technical debate about how to make the banks safer – or a wider question about inequality and fairness.

By | Chunomics | Monday, 10 January 2011 at 1:07 pm

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