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The second instalment of the serialisation of Chris Mullin’s sequel diaries, Decline and Fall, reminds us of one of the last mysteries of the New Labour Years. He recounts a “tantalising exchange” on 27 January with “a Cabinet minister of my acquaintance” about the attempted coup mounted against Gordon Brown by Geoff Hoon (and Patricia Hewitt) three [...]
A brief reply to Francis Beckett, in which I fall into the “Wrong” trap (right). But he says, of our appearance on Sunday Morning Live, about which I commented yesterday, that I had said that the BBC should have censored Anne Atkins and prevented her from calling Tony Blair a “war criminal”.
Unfortunately he was not [...]
As doctors go, he was unusually brutal in his diagnosis, and some would say that he was unprofessional in going so public with it. Last week, Dr. Mourinho took one look at the ailing Fabio Capello and proclaimed him unfit for national service. “It is clear. Capello will not work for England”, he announced. [...]
Paul Carr gave up alcohol. Then he gave up Facebook. Now he has given up Twitter. (The blog is the thing, he says.) Well, I thought it was interesting.
So I looked at what I put on Twitter and not on here yesterday:
“Knowledge used to be power. Now reputation is power—and giving knowledge away is best [...]
As may be apparent from my column in The Independent on Sunday today, Peter Mandelson’s The Third Man was Another Book I Read On My Holidays. It really is very good, and I’ll return to it later (meanwhile, do read Donald Macintyre’s review here).
But I also read Race of a Lifetime: How Obama Won the [...]
Still trying to understand the socio-psychology of Blair rage, I took part (by webcam from home, which is a first) in the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live. The guests in the studio included Francis Beckett, who hates Tony Blair because he is not “Clement Attlee”, and Anne Atkins, a Conservative who called him a war criminal, [...]
Matt Chorley and I interviewed David Miliband for The Independent on Sunday today. Here is a full-ish transcript. We started by asking what his mother really thought of her two sons fighting each other for the Labour leadership:
I think my mum just is completely devoted to her kids and her grandchildren and nothing is going [...]
Nice tale from Nick Bryant, the BBC’s Sydney correspondent:
In one of his more recent books, the cricket writer Gideon Haigh recounts a good yarn from the day when the English playwright Tom Stoppard applied for a job on Fleet Street. “It says here you’re interested in politics,” said the interviewer, as he perused the application. [...]
The Australian election has finished counting at last, one week on. The final score is 73 to the Liberal-National Coalition, 72 to Labor, four independents and one Green. With a footnote, which is that one of the 73 is Tony Crook, a Western Australia National, which is apparently a slightly different beast. Crook wants to [...]
Saturday, day five in the race around the UK and Ireland, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. Not a great day for Telefónica Blue, after chasing down “Groupama 70” all the way to the bottom of Ireland and making some large gains we have watched them slowly slip away to 40 miles ahead again.
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