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Military “Failure” in Helmand and Basra, Eagle Eye

Military “Failure” in Helmand and Basra

I’ve had an interesting response to my post on the recent lack of British military success in Afghanistan, which sought to summarise a thesis propounded by Matt Cavanagh, Denis MacShane, Anthony King and Lieutenant General Chris Brown.
Gavin Bailey, lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Dundee University, emailed to say that the buck passing from the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 15 May 2011 at 9:44 pm

Tories cut Labour lead to one point, Eagle Eye

Tories cut Labour lead to one point

David Cameron has emerged from last week’s elections and referendum in a strong position, cutting Labour’s lead to one point in our ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow.
Voting intention
Con       38% (+3)
Lab        39% (nc)
LD          11% (+1)
Others   12% (-4)
(Change since our poll [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 7:30 pm

Eredivisie ready for title ‘play-off’, Sport

Eredivisie ready for title ‘play-off’

Today either AFC Ajax or FC Twente will win the Dutch league title. It just so happens that they will play each other on the final day in a dramatic climax to the season.

By | Sport | Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 7:00 pm

Amis on Hitch, Eagle Eye

Amis on Hitch

I have only just finished Christopher Hitchens’s lovely memoir, Hitch-22. I’m a slow reader, but this time I was slower than usual because I didn’t want to get to the end.
The whole book is a meditation on mortality, as if he were aware of his imminent diagnosis (Hitchens writes about the latest stage of his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 1:32 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror, tomorrow.
This will give us a fix on the standing of the parties after the local and devolved elections and the referendum. Our last poll, carried out online rather than the telephone polls that ComRes runs concurrently for the daily [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 May 2011 at 10:53 am

How to Ban Things and Alienate People, Eagle Eye

How to Ban Things and Alienate People

It has been a busy time for the Banned List on the Twitter. Nominations for inclusion in the next edition are coming in at a steady rate.  The Committee has been sitting in emergency session for several weeks now.
While the compilers work on a new list of Prohibited Clichés, here is something that Graydon Carter, the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 13 May 2011 at 7:43 pm

Another video games co. hit by hack attack, Science & Technology

Another video games co. hit by hack attack

A second video game manufacturer has been hit by hackers, who have stolen personal information from around 80,000 fans and job hunters, it has emerged.

By | Science & Technology | Friday, 13 May 2011 at 6:30 pm

Haiti: a new chapter, The Foreign Desk

Haiti: a new chapter

On Saturday the people of Haiti will mark a new chapter in their country’s history as Michael Martelly becomes the island nation’s 56th President.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 13 May 2011 at 4:56 pm

Communist defeat and land disputes dominate Indian politics, The Foreign Desk

Communist defeat and land disputes dominate Indian politics

It’s been a great few days for hyper-activity in Indian politics, but whether it will lead to much improvement in the way that different parts of the country are ungoverned is hard to say.

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 13 May 2011 at 4:14 pm

In it for the long run: one month on, Health

In it for the long run: one month on

It’s hard to believe that today, one month ago, I finally realised after a week of anguish that I was going to run the London marathon despite a last minute injury. It feels like a lifetime ago.

By | Health, Sport | Friday, 13 May 2011 at 3:00 pm

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