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Second City Blues, Eagle Eye

Second City Blues

Just caught up with a speech (pdf) given by Andrew Adonis, former Transport Secretary and driving force behind the academy schools programme, in Birmingham the other day.
Former Cabinet ministers tend not to give interesting speeches, but this is an exception. The Liberal Democrat deputy leader of Birmingham council found it a little too interesting for [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 5:03 pm

The Trafalgar Square kettle: these are the facts, I was there, Notebook

The Trafalgar Square kettle: these are the facts, I was there

In the coming days, various media and political commentators who have not done so already will have their say on the the violence seen at Trafalgar Square. It will be worth asking how many of them actually saw any of it for themselves. These are the bare facts from inside the kettle, written neither in condemnation nor in support of any faction.

By | Notebook | Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 3:44 pm

Gates and Buffett show rich Indians how to help the poor, The Foreign Desk

Gates and Buffett show rich Indians how to help the poor

DELHI: It’s easy to be cynical about people like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett doling out millions and even billions of dollars to poor and needy communities world-wide, having made their fortunes working the world markets – one in information technology and the other in finance. It’s also easy to be cynical about Indian businessmen [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 27 March 2011 at 10:47 am

“Obama is Awesome”, Eagle Eye

“Obama is Awesome”

Thanks to Blair Supporter for finding this fabulous YouTube film entitled “Coworkers Compare Iraq and Libya”. Satirising anti-war arguments against the Iraq war, he asks if she is happy that “Obomber” is attacking a country that has no WMD and innocent civilians will die. She responds: “Obama is awesome.” Or: “Obama is cool and awesome.” [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 10:26 pm

“Anybody who doesn’t have regrets is an idiot”, Eagle Eye

“Anybody who doesn’t have regrets is an idiot”

I haven’t covered Blair hatred for a while. It’s pretty irrelevant and I was getting no closer to understanding its psychopathology.
When a commenter on this blog says, “Blair is worse than Hitler, not in terms of scale, but in terms of honesty”, there doesn’t seem much point in even noting it. And just because Katharine [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 6:35 pm

Running Commentary by Paddy Ashdown, Eagle Eye

Running Commentary by Paddy Ashdown

Paddy Ashdown is interviewed by Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson in The Times today (pay wall). He is accurately rude about the Labour Party’s positioning:
He predicts that Labour will look increasingly like “a bunch of superannuated students shouting from the sidelines”.
But what is more interesting is his scepticism about the NHS reforms:
If someone asks me, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 5:35 pm

Clegg to go whole hog and join Tories?, Eagle Eye

Clegg to go whole hog and join Tories?

Number 545 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by William Hill in a news release this morning. Apparently the odds against Nick Clegg officially joining the Conservative Party before the next general election have been cut from 16-1 to 12-1.
Number 546 was asked by one of the best [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 5:14 pm

Best Placards on the March, Eagle Eye

Best Placards on the March

Ed Miliband has spoken. As if on cue, the anarchists in Oxford Street started scuffling with police the moment he started, so that both the BBC and Sky carried sound of his speech – unwisely comparing the demo to the suffragettes, the civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid campaign – over pictures of troublemakers with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 2:17 pm

The Tautological Description Crisis, Eagle Eye

The Tautological Description Crisis

Ed Miliband’s speech in Nottingham today, a copy of which is on Politics Home before it is on the Labour Party website, repeats the dreadful theme of the “cost of living crisis”.
Maybe it is because I is a Tory, although Peter Hoskin at the Tory Spectator describes it as an “analysis” that has “the benefit [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 25 March 2011 at 6:10 pm

Rage Against this Wretched Referendum, McSmith

Rage Against this Wretched Referendum

The school where all my children were introduced to the education system and where my wife chairs the Board of Governors is fighting a losing battle against closure. Not permanent closure – closure for a day, the day being 5 May. The school is used in local elections as a polling station, but there are [...]

By | McSmith, Notebook | Friday, 25 March 2011 at 5:20 pm

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