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Europe can wean itself off Russian gas, Chunomics

Europe can wean itself off Russian gas

Serious entry into the low carbon business, renewable energy today is cheap. In fact in many cases it is cheaper than conventional energy.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 3:05 pm

Never Closer Union, part 2, Eagle Eye

Never Closer Union, part 2

Further to my previous post, a footnote on Ed Miliband’s article in the Financial Times (limited free access). He says that “ever closer union” – the phrase that David Cameron wants to excise from the EU treaties – is “not Labour’s vision for Europe”. And he wants to transfer power to national parliaments. But he doesn’t say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:31 am

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time, Eagle Eye

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum”: Ed Miliband, right first time

“No, we don’t want an in-out referendum,” Ed Miliband told the House of Commons in January last year. There was uproar, and afterwards Ed Balls told him off for not adding “now” at the end of the sentence. But what Miliband said then has turned out to be what he meant.
Today is a triumph [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 11:14 am

The Myth of Bob Crow’s £145,000 salary, McSmith

The Myth of Bob Crow’s £145,000 salary

Bob Crow died not knowing how well off he was, to judge by today’s news. The Daily Telegraph opens its tribute to him with the words: “Bob Crow defended his £145,000 salary, insisting: ‘I am worth it.’ And so he was.” Yesterday’s Standard referred to his “£145,000 salary.” On the BBC website he is described as having “lived in a council house, despite earning £145,000 a year.” The same words are on page 13 of The Times. Even Reuters, normally so reliable, reported that he was on “an annual salary of 145,000 pounds ($241,200)”

By | McSmith | Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 10:09 am

Ibet: Barcelona’s Possession Game Can Lead To A Low Corner Count, Football

Ibet: Barcelona’s Possession Game Can Lead To A Low Corner Count

There’s something not quite right at Barcelona.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 6:01 pm

Tensnake reveals his inner Glow, Arts

Tensnake reveals his inner Glow

A little while ago I met up with Tensnake (aka Marco Niemerski) for a chat about his album, Glow, which was released yesterday. We spent over an hour together, discussing his history, the debut LP and how he found love through the project. Here’s an excerpt from that interview.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 12:05 pm

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”, Eagle Eye

Liz Kendall, against “entrenching dependency”

The Labour modernisers are alive and still kicking. As well as Stella Creasy, who wants to extend consumer rights to the public sector, and Dan Jarvis and Steve Reed, who are tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime, there is Liz Kendall.
The Shadow Minister for Care and Older People (you know, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 11:47 am

Schools inequality: what works, Eagle Eye

Schools inequality: what works

All right. Something useful happened at the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York last week. There was a fringe meeting, at which Stephen Tall (pictured) spoke about his work for the Education Endowment Foundation.
The EEF is interested in what works in reducing educational inequality, which is something on which the UK has a worse record [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 10:01 am

Tax-free investments at-a-glance – they could have made you a millionaire!, The Money Blog

Tax-free investments at-a-glance – they could have made you a millionaire!

When tax-free investments were first launched in 1987, you could only put £2,400 into them. Now you could be sitting on a million-pound worth of savings

By | The Money Blog | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 7:01 pm

Stella Creasy, consumer champion, Eagle Eye

Stella Creasy, consumer champion

A neglected part of the work of MPs is Public Bill Committees, where new laws are scrutinised in detail. Here we get a look at the inner workings not just of Bills but of ministers and their shadows.
I spent many happy hours researching the rise of Tony Blair through his work on Standing Committees, as [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 10 March 2014 at 6:30 pm

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