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RIP the Iraq dossier distinction, Eagle Eye

RIP the Iraq dossier distinction

All right, I’ll admit defeat. In debating the Iraq war I can no longer hold the line. I shall have to give up trying to maintain the distinction between the main dossier of September 2002 and the “dodgy” dossier of February 2003.
Some of us who were paying attention at the time and who think that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 1:54 pm

The Joy of Spuds – why austerity cooking needs to be on the school menu, Notebook

The Joy of Spuds – why austerity cooking needs to be on the school menu

Schools need to teach austerity cooking and turn out a generation who can make good choices in the supermarket, create affordable, decent meals and keep themselves and their own families in good health. God knows, we can’t afford the medical bill otherwise.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 11:24 am

“Hindsight makes hypocrites of us all”, Eagle Eye

“Hindsight makes hypocrites of us all”

Hugo Rifkind is very, very good in The Times today (pay wall). He was against the use of force in Iraq in 2003, and went on marches, but he is honest about it:
Most of all, though, I remember the powerful sense, the knowledge, really, that none of it would make any difference. It wasn’t a [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 10:41 am

The good, the bad, the ugly: Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson and Moschino at London Collections: Men, Fashion

The good, the bad, the ugly: Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson and Moschino at London Collections: Men

The good, the bad, the ugly – fashion shows are sometimes all three, and frequently that’s their strength. That’s because fashion isn’t about just looking pretty, particularly when it’s elevated by a catwalk showcase. Those shows are also not purely about product. They’re aspirational aesthetic proposals, about shifting the goalposts and introducing something fresh and new. A fashion show should question, and provoke, as well as try to hawk us something new off the back of it.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 16 June 2014 at 10:59 pm

Kellner’s Law rewritten, Eagle Eye

Kellner’s Law rewritten

Just as I thought I had got the Four Square Rule firmly imprinted on my brain – that the Conservatives need to be four points ahead in share of the vote to be the largest party at the election next year – Peter Kellner returns from another trip up the mountain with a new tablet.
He has [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 16 June 2014 at 5:14 pm

Would Nehru do to Congress what Murthy’s done to Infosys?, The Foreign Desk

Would Nehru do to Congress what Murthy’s done to Infosys?

The end of ‘Buggins turn’ at Infosys is an end-of- dynasty lesson for Congress
If Jawaharlal Nehru could suddenly reappear and be injected into the top of the Congress leadership with a mandate to rebuild the demoralised party, would he echo, in a political sense, the words of Narayana Murthy, one of the founders of [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 16 June 2014 at 5:00 pm

Interview with Anathema: It’s all states of consciousness, Arts

Interview with Anathema: It’s all states of consciousness

Since their inception in 1990, Anathema have been creating emotionally-charged music, all the while escaping the confines of genre. Distant Satellites, their 10th album, is one of their most uplifting and poignant records to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with principal songwriter/guitarist Daniel Cavanagh and vocalist Lee Douglas to talk about their latest release

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 16 June 2014 at 6:00 am

Sportswear? Sports where? Astrid Andersen, MAN and Christopher Shannon, at London Collections: Men, Fashion

Sportswear? Sports where? Astrid Andersen, MAN and Christopher Shannon, at London Collections: Men

The media’s current favourite portmanteau is “Spornosexual.” Its current favourite garment is the c-string manikini, a cutaway one-sided posing pouch that barely adheres to the pelvis. Modern masculinity, it seems, is in a period of flux and upheaval, where societal norms are shifting and suddenly what men are willing to put on their backs (or, perhaps, around their crotches) seems more malleable than ever before. Ideologically, if not physically.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 15 June 2014 at 10:52 pm

Clare Short and the language of the Iraq debate, Eagle Eye

Clare Short and the language of the Iraq debate

Just caught up with Clare Short and John McTernan on BBC2 Newsnight on Friday (starts at 24 minutes in).
Unfortunately, Laura Kuenssberg introduces Short as a Cabinet minister who “resigned in protest at the decision to invade Iraq”. She was a member of the government and voted for military action against Saddam Hussein. She resigned after [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 15 June 2014 at 8:00 pm

Prince William more popular than Queen, Eagle Eye

Prince William more popular than Queen

Prince William is more popular than the Queen, according to a ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Prince Charles is less favourably regarded, being only a little more popular than Boris Johnson, the highest-scoring politician on the list.
The poll puts Labour’s lead over the Conservatives at two points, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 June 2014 at 7:31 pm

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