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The Centrifugal Factor, Eagle Eye

The Centrifugal Factor

One subterranean feature of the political landscape could add to the stresses on the Coalition over the next two years or so.
In a number of conversations with MPs recently, boundary changes have come up. They are required by the cut in the number of MPs from 650 to 600 at the next election. This means [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 6:46 pm

What’s left of the big society?, Notebook

What’s left of the big society?

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for David Cameron’s ‘big society’. After just six months as a pilot city for the programme, Liverpool announced it has withdrawn from the scheme due to the pressure funding cuts are placing on the voluntary sector. You know it’s bad when everyone from the Archbishop to the celebrity backer joins in the criticism. Meanwhile down in London, the government’s big society champion Lord Wei is reducing the number of days he spends working on the project in order to free up time to ‘have a life’. He’s discovering, it seems, that sometimes there just isn’t time to fit in voluntary work around a paid job and family commitments.

By | Notebook | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 5:03 pm

China V Japan, Chunomics

China V Japan

The news that China has overtaken Japan as the world’s largest economy comes as no great surprise. Indeed for those of us who are proud of a time-lord like perspective, it is merely a sign that China is returning to the role in the world economy she played up until the 1500s. Then, as now, [...]

By | Chunomics | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 4:47 pm

My Week In A Warzone: Covering The Conflict Between Thailand and Cambodia, The Foreign Desk

My Week In A Warzone: Covering The Conflict Between Thailand and Cambodia

I was aware when I headed to the Cambodian border to cover the conflict which had just flared up that there was an outside chance I might get shot at but it had never occurred to me that I would almost be arrested on suspicion of being a Cambodian spy.

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 1:49 pm

iBet: Where to put your money on the west London derby, Sport

iBet: Where to put your money on the west London derby

Fulham v Chelsea, Lay Fulham at 4.3 to one with Betfair
Fulham are traditionally strong at home, and they showed with their recent 4-0 demolition of Spurs in the FA Cup what they can do to a quality team that isn’t focused on the job in hand. Yet in the league they have [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 12:53 pm

Wayne Rooney’s strike is not the best ever, Sport

Wayne Rooney’s strike is not the best ever

It’s not the greatest goal ever seen. Everyone is getting a bit carried away with Wayne Rooney’s over head kick that sealed Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Manchester City. Sure it was wonderful, brilliant, spectacular and so on. But there have been many great goals over the years. Claims of the best ever are way [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 12:48 pm

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Welsh referendum, Notebook

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Welsh referendum

Homophobic slurs, large inflatable pigs, rugby players mumbling and one almighty political row brewing. The Welsh referendum campaign is turning into an important, if bizarre, public debate.

By | Notebook | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 12:36 pm

The glitz and glamour of the IPL has returned, Sport

The glitz and glamour of the IPL has returned

So I believe there is some talk of a World Cup approaching. While the 14 nations taking part will be undergoing their hefty training schedules, the Indian Premier League is subtly taking its position to follow up the biggest global cricket event.

By | Sport | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 12:19 pm

Caught & Social: Stars shine despite the partying, Notebook

Caught & Social: Stars shine despite the partying

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 12:18 pm

Today from <i>i</i>: Life beyond Barry Island, Notebook

Today from i: Life beyond Barry Island

Today’s graphic from the i paper

By | Notebook | Monday, 14 February 2011 at 12:10 pm

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