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Is Labour set to abolish fees and introduce a graduate tax?, Eagle Eye

Is Labour set to abolish fees and introduce a graduate tax?

I wonder if this, asked by George Eaton of the New Statesman two days ago, will turn out to be a Question To Which The Answer Is No.
There was a reason why Gordon Brown and then Nick Clegg failed to come up with a workable plan for a graduate tax: it is a bad idea.
But [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 9:56 pm

Ibet: Stats Point To A Lay Of Arsenal As Manchester City Come To Town, Football

Ibet: Stats Point To A Lay Of Arsenal As Manchester City Come To Town

Arsenal put in a storming end to last season to secure Champions League football but this time around they are losing momentum at just the wrong time.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4:55 pm

Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Super Green Pesto Salad with Sticky Shallots, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Super Green Pesto Salad with Sticky Shallots

At the first hint of spring I couldn’t help but whip up something fresh, crisp and garlicky. Sometimes I just crave a serious amount of garlic and making up a homemade pesto is one way of satisfying that.

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4:38 pm

Interview with Justin Clarke: His evolution from Ghetto to Ghetts, Music

Interview with Justin Clarke: His evolution from Ghetto to Ghetts

There’s no introduction needed, Justin Clarke is one of grime’s most interesting characters. An East London MC with unparalleled natural talent and a Jekyll-and-Hyde-style split personality; he has been involved in some of the genre’s most defining moments.

By | Music | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4:03 pm

Ultra-marathon man: From Eastern Europe to Western Australia, Notebook

Ultra-marathon man: From Eastern Europe to Western Australia

Since my last blog I’ve made it through Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, marking the end of the European leg of my journey.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 3:48 pm

A Civil Liberties Posture Too Far, Eagle Eye

A Civil Liberties Posture Too Far

David Anderson, the independent reviewer of terrorism laws, agrees with Labour that the Government has weakened control orders too far. His latest report, published this morning, says Theresa May, the Home Secretary, should tighten up the rules for Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs), notably by restoring the power to relocate suspects (page 4):
Two significant [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 12:13 pm

Who banks with the Co-op?, Eagle Eye

Who banks with the Co-op?

Rachel Reeves, the shadow Work and Pensions secretary, does. She told BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning (at 1:16) that she was “very proud to bank with the Co-op, and I feel very let down by what’s happened”.
Given how much they used to go on about co-operative values, I wonder if Ed Balls and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 March 2014 at 5:26 pm

Heading for a Hung Parliament?, Eagle Eye

Heading for a Hung Parliament?

I am grateful to Electoral Calculus for producing a special version of its Polling Chart of Everything, showing the history of party support this parliament, as measured by ComRes for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday (the average of the company’s two series, telephone polls for The Independent and online polls for The Independent [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 4:23 pm

Genuine Shop Names: the next 20, Eagle Eye

Genuine Shop Names: the next 20

Still they keep coming. I listed the Top 10 Genuine Shop Names in The New Review, The Independent on Sunday magazine, at the weekend, and posted an overflow list of another 20 on the blog. In no time, thanks to the genius of Twitter, I have another 20, taking us up to a total of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 12:11 pm

Red Princes and the Blue Princes, McSmith

Red Princes and the Blue Princes

A day later than everybody else, The Sun pitches in with an attack on the ‘Red Princes’ in the light of Stephen Kinnock’s adoption in a safe Labour seat. This story was previously aired in the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and the Standard Diary. Three days ago the Guido Fawkes website lampooned the Kinnock family [...]

By | McSmith | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 11:12 am

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