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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

Ibet: Manchester United’s Record Against Top Half Teams Is Poor, Football

Ibet: Manchester United’s Record Against Top Half Teams Is Poor

I’m against Manchester United in tonight’s Manchester derby. It’s not just a perception that David Moyes’ men are having a rough old time of it against top teams – it’s backed up by the statistics.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 9:11 am

The Human Variable, Eagle Eye

The Human Variable

A man died yesterday and with him, quietly, an era. The death of Adolfo Suarez, Spain’s first post-fascist Prime Minister, has drawn relatively little attention, and perhaps this is how it should be. For all Spain’s current woes, democracy there is now business as usual, so the touch-and-go process by which it was re-established looms [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 9:15 pm

India’s ‘common man’ party offers much-needed political upheaval, The Foreign Desk

India’s ‘common man’ party offers much-needed political upheaval

Indian voters have three basic choices in the coming general election. The bravest would be to vote for the Aam Aadmi (common man) Party, led by Arvind Kejriwal, in order to create the disruption that the operations of India’s political system and government machine desperately needs.
Most voters of course will not do that. It looks [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 4:24 pm

Dish of the Day: Cooking in Bangladesh, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Cooking in Bangladesh

I’m here in Dhaka to do my little bit for Learning for Life to erase child labour in a country riddled with it. I’m not going into a charity rant, I’ll leave that to them, but what I can do is try to cook something tasty for key Bangladesh politicians. That’s the plan, anyway.

By | Dish of the Day | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 9:55 am

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf on Oksa Pollock, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf on Oksa Pollock

Hailed by the publishing cognoscenti as ‘the French Harry Potter’, the six books in the Oksa Pollock series have gained millions of teenage fans worldwide. But the books would never have made it into print were it not for the determination of co-authors Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf, who self-published the first Oksa installment in 2007.

By | Arts, Notebook | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 12:00 am

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