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Reading the minutes of the the Public Accounts Committee for 25 January, as one does while one waits for kickoff in the Super Bowl, this leapt out at me.
After a complicated discussion about “risk pools” in the new NHS with Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS,* Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk, asked him about accountability.
It is not only Cameronian Conservatives who read Tony Blair’s book looking for lessons for government. A Liberal Democrat close to Nick Clegg told me they had just read the bit (pages 482-490) about the tuition fees vote of 2004 – which Blair won with a majority of five and which consumed the entire Downing [...]
Just in case you missed my preview of tonight’s Super Bowl for The Independent on Sunday – the online version is buried beneath an article about prostitution – here it is:
If you have never watched American football, tonight’s Super Bowl will be as incomprehensible a spectacle as an Aztec sacrifice would have been to the [...]
My column for The Independent on Sunday features number 499 in the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, which was asked by Tim Montgomerie at the New Statesman last week:
An all-out attack on Clegg’s screeching U-turn on tuition fees may be the best chance of keeping first-past-the-post, but will Cameron sanction a [...]
I went to Pangbourne, to bring you all the action from the return of one of Bike racings best racing marques, Castrol Honda!
I am pleased to report that the Lord Keleny, Pedant in Chief, has ruled in my favour on the vexed issue of a plural smart phone. It’s BlackBerrys, not BlackBerries. As what I wrote, here and here.
But I had forgotten, if I had ever known, about the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
Update: And it also [...]
Only now catching up with business from last week: the statement by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, on counter-terrorism powers on 26 January (right).
It was quite widely reported, including before the event by me, that control orders would be renamed and made less effective. As it turned out, they were simply renamed (Terrorism Prevention and [...]
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It’s the great debate that’s been dogging Fifa for the past few years, the issue at the forefront of football and one that can’t be ignored any longer.
The World Cup was ruined by it and had the technology been around at the 1966 World Cup, history would have looked very different. Yes. It’s the snood.
What do West Ham, Wigan and Wolverhampton all have in common aside from all beginning with the 23rd letter of the alphabet and all being current occupants of the Premier League’s relegation zone?
They are also the only three Premier League sides so far unable to muster a point per game on average [...]
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