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Hattie Garlick at The Times asks the above, number 350 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, congratulating David Cameron on his grown-up refusal to pander to populist love of football by pretending to watch yesterday’s match. According to Paul Waugh, the Prime Minister was busy on other stuff during at [...]
David Crookes’ fascinating take on the inner workings of the new wave of retro gaming last week reminded me of this episode of geeky video podcast Shift Run Stop featuring Goldsmiths lecturer Paul B. Davis, who’s well-known for taking the workings of games for the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (they knew how to name consoles in [...]
Well, I think it’s Wednesday – have lost track of time somewhat – and were are slap bang in the middle of the Atlantic.
What can I tell you about it? Well, it’s grey. A dark slate coloured sea and pavement-toned skies. As far as the eye can see it is grey, grey, grey. Not sure [...]
Should you join the queues to grab a piece of tech perfection or spurn an overpriced toy? The Independent has been testing the iPhone for a week now before the public release, so read on for our considered verdict.
The smoke’s contours pulsed through the burnt embers of dusk. The fumes billowed like an exhalation, blown from the mouth of a giant wicker man
Once again, a telling detail from James Forsyth’s column in the forthcoming issue of The Spectator:
When one senior Tory backbencher went to see the Chancellor recently, he was surprised that he constantly referred to the Prime Minister as ‘Cameron’.*
I have been reading Alastair Campbell’s diaries, with its extraordinary narrative of mutual hatreds, tantrums and people [...]
All our German readers now logging on looking for whether the British press identified England’s achilles heel when charting our stumble past the World Cup’s group stage can take heart – for the hard of English amongst you, help is at hand, as it is for all non-English speaking visitors to the Independent’s new(ish) blogs. [...]
Three reflections on the Budget.
One is that the 25 per cent cut in non-health, non-DfID departmental spending, which as the Institute for Fiscal Studies pointed out today is going to be more in some departments because George Osborne said it will be less in education and defence, is not going to happen.
Another is that Alastair [...]
A website called Yoosk (“You ask. We connect. They answer.”) has posed some questions about the legacy of 13 years of New Labour to a panel consisting of John Redwood, Stephen Twigg and me. We have answered in video clips that can be seen here.
The questions that I answered were:
Should Labour change its name (which [...]
“We are making very tough choices, I’m not attempting in any way to disguise that,”the not entirely convincing cabinet minster Danny Alexander said on Newsnight last night, without a hint of irony or self awareness. For me, the phrase “tough choices” and variants like “difficult decisions” have the opposite effect to the one intended. Instead of conveying [...]
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