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Let Us Take Ed Miliband Seriously, Eagle Eye

Let Us Take Ed Miliband Seriously

Perhaps it was a little harsh to compare Ed Miliband to Harold Camping, the millennarian who said the world was going to end yesterday.
After all, lots of people had already accused him of making a fool of himself by calling for Ken Clarke’s resignation (including Suzanne Moore, Steve Richards, Mary Dejevsky and Christina Patterson).
Why could I [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 22 May 2011 at 9:57 pm

Choice in the NHS, Eagle Eye

Choice in the NHS

A historical jewel in Paul Corrigan’s consistently excellent Health Matters blog earlier this week. He points out that when the first NHS leaflet (pdf, right and below) was delivered to every house in July 1948, it enshrined the principle of patient choice from the start:
When you turned over the first page, the very first thing [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 May 2011 at 5:51 pm

Miliband’s Bad History, Eagle Eye

Miliband’s Bad History

Ed Miliband has an article in The Guardian this morning, which sets out the themes on which he will elaborate in a speech to Progress shortly. It sets out, in stream-of-cliché form, the leader’s strategy. It is to “chart the future” by being “the optimists, the party with a positive, patriotic mission for our country”.
All one [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 May 2011 at 12:35 pm

Will this wind be so mighty as to lay low the mountains of the earth?, Eagle Eye

Will this wind be so mighty as to lay low the mountains of the earth?

Here is a classic, but topical, Question to Which the Answer is No from 1962.
Thanks to James.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 9:42 pm

Bhutan’s King Jigme tells parliament he is to marry, The Foreign Desk

Bhutan’s King Jigme tells parliament he is to marry

THIMPU: There will be another royal wedding later this year to rival the colour and pageantry of Britain’s Prince William and Kate Middleton’s a marriage a few weeks ago.
Bhutan’s 31 year-old King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck this morning told his country’s parliament that he would be getting married “later this year”.

Like Kate, his wife-to be, [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 7:04 pm

Britain’s answer to Sarah Palin, Notebook

Britain’s answer to Sarah Palin

Nadine Dorries, tory MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, is once again hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This time, it’s not because of her affair with a family friend or because sheleft her ex-husband who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in order to pursue her career ambitions.Or because of her 10-min rule bill on [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 5:54 pm

The voice of an empire in decline, Notebook

The voice of an empire in decline

Why do we tune in to watch a North American President giving a speech about the “Middle East”?  Can we change the channel and watch the President of China pontificating on the “Far West”, or an African President telling Europeans that they have a choice between hope and hate?  In the words of hip-hop artist [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 5:50 pm

Modern kids grow up in a global village, Notebook

Modern kids grow up in a global village

Anyday now, the Department for Education will publish the final report from Reg Bailey’s review of commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. The Chief Exec of the Mothers’ Union has been given a hot potato to juggle as he balances the need for Ministers to fulfil their pledge in the Coalition Agreement to “crackdown on irresponsible [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 5:37 pm

The AID dilemma, Notebook

The AID dilemma

The Coalition government’s promise to ring fence the budget for overseas aid at 0.7% despite austerity cuts is seen by many in the development sector as a positive step, although the general British population may not be so enthused.

By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 4:45 pm

Top of the posts, Notebook

Top of the posts

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By | Notebook | Friday, 20 May 2011 at 4:22 pm

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