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Labour’s False Dawn in Oldham, Eagle Eye

Labour’s False Dawn in Oldham

Two polls carried out in Oldham East and Saddleworth were published today, too late for me fully to update my article for The Independent on Sunday, in which I predict a Labour win.
That looks pretty likely if not, perhaps, “nailed on”, as I described it, although it looks unlikely that the Liberal Democrats will come [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 January 2011 at 8:56 pm

John Prescott Recants Brownism, Eagle Eye

John Prescott Recants Brownism

Senator Prescott* said some interesting things in a talk on a cruise on Queen Mary 2 (right). The former Deputy Prime Minister was accused by Tony Blair in A Journey of helping Gordon Brown to succeed him:
It’s not that John was ever personally disloyal – he wasn’t – but Gordon pitched his own position on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 January 2011 at 1:49 pm

The Legend of “Tony Blair”, Eagle Eye

The Legend of “Tony Blair”

For many people, Tony Blair has now become a legendary figure, in the sense that he is based on a historical person, but he is used to mean something to make sense of people’s own worlds.
Exhibit 1.
Here’s Deborah Meaden, a judge on the BBC’s business talent show Dragons’ Den, talking about her politics to New [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 January 2011 at 10:38 am

Hit the Spot, Eagle Eye

Hit the Spot

Truly sophisticated entertainment:
Howard Jacobson, a thing of beauty and a joy for ever on a most unpromising subject. Genius.
Sarah Ellison, at Vanity Fair, reports on Julian Assange’s falling out with The Guardian, in the course of which he said that he “owned the information and had a financial interest in how and when it was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 8 January 2011 at 7:15 pm

Like a Huge-Scale Skyrocket on Acid, Eagle Eye

Like a Huge-Scale Skyrocket on Acid

Further to piece and package, my correspondents also want to add to the Banned List:
Skyrocket (is it supposed to distinguish from underground or underwater rockets or rockets that operate only in outer space?) Amol Rajan.
“Like x on acid [/other substance]” Soho Politico; for example, “Terry and June on acid” Mitchell Stirling.
And I need to issue [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 8 January 2011 at 5:56 pm

The Moon on a Stick and Free Ponies for All, Eagle Eye

The Moon on a Stick and Free Ponies for All

As an addition to my comment on Martin Kettle’s article, and as a partial reply to a comment on my comment, I also commend to you Phil Collins in The Times today (pay wall) and Hopi Sen on what I still call A Blog From the Back Room.
Collins argues that Ed Miliband has made a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 7 January 2011 at 11:05 pm

Internal Tory Matters, Eagle Eye

Internal Tory Matters

Seen on the internet:
Bagehot, in The Economist: “If some Tories hate coalitions so much, they might try winning a majority next time.”
Michael White, Guardian, asks: “Was David Cameron’s quip a way of distancing himself from Andy Coulson?” A question to which the answer is: Possibly.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 7 January 2011 at 10:32 pm

Avoid Travelodge

Just back from an overnight stay in Oldham. I was sent there at short notice for the by election and needed somewhere to stay, so drove to the Manchester Street Travelodge to ask for a room. No chance.
Though they had empty rooms, the man behind the counter told me I was not going to be [...]

By | McSmith, Notebook | Friday, 7 January 2011 at 6:13 pm

The FA Cup is like a needy girlfriend, Sport

The FA Cup is like a needy girlfriend

Is it possible to write a sentence about the FA Cup without featuring the word ‘romance’ in it?
What does ‘romance of the cup’ even mean? Are clubs taking the FA Cup out on a date? Will it be telling its friends about the thoughtful things they’ve done for it?
The FA Cup is like a needy [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 7 January 2011 at 5:35 pm

Top of the posts, Notebook

Top of the posts

Our weekly round up of top blog posts and bloggers.

By | Notebook | Friday, 7 January 2011 at 4:20 pm

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