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Farage, one-band man, Eagle Eye

Farage, one-band man

Nigel Farage has been vindicated. He was the first important person in UKIP to realise the significance of proportional representation when it was introduced for the 1999 European Parliament election, according to Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin in Revolt on the Right.
Farage became chairman of the party in his mid-30s after Alan Sked, the founding [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 26 May 2014 at 8:44 pm

Cabinet Ministers named as Modi sworn in – to be a Thatcher, Putin or Nehru?, The Foreign Desk

Cabinet Ministers named as Modi sworn in – to be a Thatcher, Putin or Nehru?

Arun Jaitley is Finance Minister, Rajnath Singh at Home, Sushma Swaraj for Foreign Affairs
Fifty years after the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s greatest post-independence leader, the country today has a new charismatic prime minister whose strong and forceful nature has led to comparisons with Vladimir Putin and Margaret Thatcher.

Narendra Modi, who has this evening [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 26 May 2014 at 4:55 pm

Labour’s local election results: “not good enough”, Eagle Eye

Labour’s local election results: “not good enough”

Some customer resistance to the claim in my column for The Independent on Sunday that Labour’s results in the local elections last week were “not good enough”. Typical Blairite rubbish, no more than you would expect from, um, Ed Balls.
If the “Blair’s gone you know” people would care to pay attention to what the Shadow [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 5:19 pm

Piketty Picked Apart, Eagle Eye

Piketty Picked Apart

Chris Giles on Financial Times Blogs has done a superb piece of work, investigating Thomas Piketty’s acclaimed “comprehensive” statistics on the distribution of wealth, and has found that the numbers for several European countries are hard to explain.
I thought Piketty’s figures did not match the British statistics with which I was familiar, as I said [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 May 2014 at 1:11 pm

Barking Blondes: Dogs in Hot Cars, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Dogs in Hot Cars

Over the Bank Holiday Weekend, make sure to remember to keep your dog cool

By | The Dog Blog | Saturday, 24 May 2014 at 9:38 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Mother Island by Bethan Roberts vs Broadchurch by Erin Kelly, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Mother Island by Bethan Roberts vs Broadchurch by Erin Kelly

Bethan Roberts’ fourth novel is what you’d call high-concept – it’s got a tagline, there under the title, that seems to tell you everything you need to know about it in one tight, emotive phrase: How does it feel to find your two-year-old gone?
Of course there’s probably more to it than that, and I haven’t [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 23 May 2014 at 5:38 pm

Wheels: Journeys in Paralympic Sport, Sport

Wheels: Journeys in Paralympic Sport

The impact of a serious accident goes beyond the physical as James Moore has discovered. But taking up a sport has helped with a few of those demons.

By | Sport, Wheels: Journeys through Paralympic Sport | Thursday, 22 May 2014 at 5:05 pm

Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Shakshuka, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Shakshuka

All The Good Stuff Shakshuka Style with Baked Dippy Eggs, Crispy Shallots, Feta & Fresh Hot Salsa topping

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 22 May 2014 at 4:55 pm

Working-class culture, Eagle Eye

Working-class culture

Important article by Peter Kellner in next month’s Prospect about the changing relationship between class and voting. This takes me back to my early days in political journalism, not just because I learned so much from Kellner when he was political editor of the New Statesman in the 1980s, but because a debate raged then in academic [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 22 May 2014 at 3:55 pm

Her Outdoors: salad leaves and flowers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: salad leaves and flowers

The people who had my plot before me created an intricate design, like an old-fashioned potager, that I have tried to stick to. I’ll admit it would have been easier to get a wheelbarrow down a central path with equal-sized beds either side. But this maze-like design makes it look bigger and is also more [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 4:55 pm

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