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Tony Benn: Maudlin Remembrances, Eagle Eye

Tony Benn: Maudlin Remembrances

Tom McNally, political secretary to James Callaghan, Labour MP 1979-81, SDP 1981-83, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and Justice Minister until last year, to the Mile End Group in December 2006:
One of the reasons why I want to live a long life is to be around when Wedgie pops his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 7:34 pm

Ed Balls on the lessons he has learned, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls on the lessons he has learned

Ed Balls was on The Andrew Marr Show this morning. He had a nice line about learning from experience, trying to turn his service in Gordon Brown’s government to his advantage:
I’ve made mistakes as well. We should have been tougher on regulating the banks when George Osborne kept telling me I was being too tough. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 3:56 pm

Interview with Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic: “We had very little idea what we were doing”, Arts

Interview with Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic: “We had very little idea what we were doing”

10 years ago 65daysofstatic released their debut album, The Fall of Math and fans of wildly skittering synth beats married to epic sweeping vistas of grandiose guitar noise rejoiced. Remfry Dedman asked founder member Paul Wolinski how the album has impacted on the bands career, then and now.

By | Arts, Music, Notebook | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 9:37 am

Barking Blondes: Trusting your dog’s insticts, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Trusting your dog’s insticts

In the same way a dog may show an instant dislike or lack of interest to a certain human being so may they express joyous affection.

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 9:36 am

UKIP leading in Euro elections race, Eagle Eye

UKIP leading in Euro elections race

The UK Independence Party is on course to win the largest share of the vote in the European Parliament elections in May, according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror.
UKIP 30% (+3)
Lab 28% (+5)
Con [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 7:27 pm

When Labour rejected free school lunches, Eagle Eye

When Labour rejected free school lunches

Michael Gove’s former special adviser, Dominic Cummings, has written a blog post about why he thinks Nick Clegg’s plan to provide free school lunches for all younger primary-school pupils is a “gimmick”.
Gove himself now pretends it is a marvellous idea, and it is true that it has some merit, mainly that it removes a means [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 12:29 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Several recent polls have suggested a tightening of the Labour lead (ICM three points, Ipsos MORI three points, YouGov five points, Populus one point), so it will be interesting to see what ComRes’s online series has to say.
Also, we [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 11:51 am

Tony Benn, Heroic Failure, Eagle Eye

Tony Benn, Heroic Failure

Tony Benn has died at the age of 88.
By all accounts, the world has lost a warm and generous man who was liked and respected by friends and colleagues across the political spectrum. Having been born in 1987, I remember him only in the final phase of his career, when he’d long settled into his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 9:23 am

Top 40 Lost Positives, Eagle Eye

Top 40 Lost Positives

I ended up with so many lost positives that I could have compiled a small dictionary of them. There are certainly enough to use in a story. Jack Winter has already done that: “How I Met My Wife“, brought to my attention by Toby Manhire.
I selected a Top 10 for The Independent on Sunday magazine last [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 March 2014 at 10:18 pm

Ibet: Big guns Manchester City and Chelsea to show their firepower, Football

Ibet: Big guns Manchester City and Chelsea to show their firepower

Manchester City are not on a good run on the face of it. They’ve lost two in a row and were pretty awful for 65 minutes when getting dumped out of the FA Cup by Wigan. But although they lost to Barcelona in midweek, they played very well indeed in my opinion.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Friday, 14 March 2014 at 6:37 pm

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