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It may be hard to persuade the great British public of this, but it would be a more honest message than the current obfuscations of Andrew Lansley, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, which I discuss in The Independent on Sunday today.
That was Patrick Hennessy’s response, which I was thinking of having carved on my biodegradable memorial plaque, when I drew attention to these fascinating facts in Professor John Curtice’s article on the unimportance of the Alternative Vote in this month’s Parliamentary Brief…
How to explain Britain’s lack of success in Afghanistan? Matt Cavanagh, who was special adviser at the Ministry of Defence 2006-07 and then in No 10 for Gordon Brown 2007-10, has an important article in this week’s Spectator.
The future of how we watch television is changing, apparently. The TV apocalypse is nigh and before you have time to change the channel everyone will be watching a myriad of programmes online creating a fragmented viewing experience.
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With 72 games remaining in the Premier League this season before the matches on Saturday and Sunday, an average of three goals per game would see a record level of scoring this campaign, the 19th season in the League’s history.
This isn’t the beginning of a Middle East style jasmine revolution, and Tahrir Square has not come to central Delhi, but protests against corruption that have spread across India this week show how people are tiring of the fraud, extortion and crime-ridden politics that dominate the way the country is run.
Close your eyes and you’ve missed it. Gone are the days where Mancunians and tourists alike would flock to Selfridges and Harvey Nicks to indulge themselves in a spot of designer shopping.
Tony Blair at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington yesterday was an unapologetic interventionist in Libya. “Let’s assume we get Gaddafi out,” he said, blithely. “We’re going to have to help build those [civil institutions]; we need to be players not spectators.”
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