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The finger and the flat hand, Eagle Eye

The finger and the flat hand

Anyone watching Prime Minister’s Questions on television (or what we must learn to call video, as live-streamed on computer) or listening on the radio will have missed the off-camera and off-microphone entertainment provided by Ed Balls.
While Ed Miliband and David Cameron were engaged in a six-round argument about whether NHS waiting times had risen or [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 3:12 pm

Solving the Ashraf crisis, The Foreign Desk

Solving the Ashraf crisis

On the 8th of April a vicious massacre took place in Camp Ashraf, Northern Iraq, home for the past 20 years to more than 3400 Iranian dissidents. Under relentless pressure from the Iranian government, the Iraqi military sent 5 Divisions of heavily armed troops with tanks and armoured vehicles to mow down unarmed men and women in a brutal assault that shocked the civilised world.

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 1:28 pm

There’s more to leadership than killing terrorists, Eagle Eye

There’s more to leadership than killing terrorists

Clive Crook says “had the bin Laden operation gone wrong, it would have been all over for Mr Obama.” Well, that’s probably what conservative commentators like Crook would have argued. But that doesn’t make it true, or fair.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 1:22 pm

Bank of England’s Inflation Report, Chunomics

Bank of England’s Inflation Report

I spent this morning at the Bank of England’s Inflation Report press conference. Talk about inflation. Far too much of the time was eaten up by a series of Socratic dialogues between BBC personalities and the Governor. So some of us had no chance to get a word in edgeways, even though we strictly observe the convention that it is supposed to be one query per correspondent, not three or four.

By | Chunomics | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 1:16 pm

Rugby League: No shocks, but lots of close calls made for a good weekend, Sport

Rugby League: No shocks, but lots of close calls made for a good weekend

Okay, there were no actual shocks – there rarely are – but it wasn’t a bad round of the Cup, was it?
It certainly wasn’t from where I sat, with three teams toying with a possible upset.
First up were Leigh, who were truly magnificent in their 22-16 defeat by the Catalans. It could easily have gone [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 1:07 pm

Caught & Social: Camilla’s brush with a nude, Notebook

Caught & Social: Camilla’s brush with a nude

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By | Notebook | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 12:51 pm

Today from <i>i</i>: Wish you were here?, Notebook

Today from i: Wish you were here?

Today’s graphic from i

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 12:37 pm

The first Saturday i: Your feedback shows some minor kinks, but we’ll get there, Notebook

The first Saturday i: Your feedback shows some minor kinks, but we’ll get there

Last week — in case you hadn’t noticed our feverish Tweets on the subject — saw the launch of the new Saturday i. It was a nervous moment as we waited for the first candid Tweets and Facebook posts of the day to come through from you, telling us whether we had succeeded or failed in our inaugural Saturday edition.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 12:34 pm

Digital Digest, Digital Digest

Digital Digest

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By | Digital Digest | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 11:56 am

Why Lib Dem politics could make lousy policy, Notebook

Why Lib Dem politics could make lousy policy

The Liberal Democats new stridency on healthcare reform is increasingly evident around Westminster.
Both in public and private Lib Dems are letting it be known that they will veto large chunks of the Health Bill – and portray it as a victory for their influence in Government.
“At the end of the day if we think this [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 11:37 am

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