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Will George Galloway retract his claim that Libya was framed?, Eagle Eye

Will George Galloway retract his claim that Libya was framed?

Number 519 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Oliver Kamm, referring to this article by George Galloway, and in the light of Libya’s former justice minister saying that Gaddafi ordered Lockerbie.
Before I have any complaints, Kamm is allowed to break the rules because I copied the series from him in the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 5:21 pm

Is Al-Jazeera TV complicit in the latest vilification of Libya’s Blacks?, The Foreign Desk

Is Al-Jazeera TV complicit in the latest vilification of Libya’s Blacks?

During his visit to Rome in August 2010 Colonel Muammar Gaddafi spoke at a ceremony in Rome and warned
, “We don’t know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans.” We are fortunate in that we live in a society where we can easily dismiss this as a racist statement.

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 4:11 pm

Wallis and Gromit, Eagle Eye

Wallis and Gromit

I blame Ed Miliband for making all those silly Wallace and Gromit jokes. Marvellous error on the front page skyline of The Guardian yesterday.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 4:02 pm

The New New New No 10, Eagle Eye

The New New New No 10

Luxuriating in feeling very old, I read Tim Montgomerie’s description of “the new 10 Downing Street” as if from another planet. It is only the millionth time since about 1854 that the organogram of the prime minister’s office has been redrawn in an attempt to achieve Montgomerie’s three goals: to “force Whitehall to focus” on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 12:50 pm

Wisconsin: the battleground for America’s political future, The Foreign Desk

Wisconsin: the battleground for America’s political future

Wisconsin isn’t one of the glamour States in the US. You know it exists, somewhere in that expanse of endless terrain in the middle there, but you couldn’t pick it out on a map, much less name any of its towns.

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 12:30 pm

Online House Hunter: Zoom in on your neighbourhood, Property

Online House Hunter: Zoom in on your neighbourhood

Your first port of call should be the local council website when seeking a new home. Online House Hunter Alan Cleaver points you in the right direction.

By | Property | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 7:00 am

iBet: Ajax are just too good for Anderlecht, Sport

iBet: Ajax are just too good for Anderlecht

Ajax v Anderlecht,  Europa League, 8.05pm

Back Ajax at 8/11, generally available
Given that Dutch club Ajax beat Anderlecht 3-0 in Switzerland, it seems strange you can back them at 8-11 to win the second leg tonight. Perhaps the bookmakers think the manager will rest a few players, but 3-0 can be a dangerous score and I [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 24 February 2011 at 1:00 am

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry…, Notebook

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry…

“I never thought I’d see you two and food in the same room at the same time.”
It was my Uncle Jack’s funeral today. A beautiful mass, the perfect sending off.
This came in the pub afterwards. Three or four generations gathered in an old room round the back of the bar. I was chatting away to [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 11:31 pm

Is Tony Blair secretly backing the No2AV cause?, Eagle Eye

Is Tony Blair secretly backing the No2AV cause?

I do not actually know the answer to this question, posed by Sunder Katwala on the basis of a line in a Benedict Brogan post, so it does not yet qualify as number 517 in my “illuminating“ series.
Katwala does a brilliant job of tracing Blair’s pretended interest in AV Plus, or AV Top-Up, the compromise system [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 10:17 pm

Never before has the MPC been so split, Chunomics

Never before has the MPC been so split

So now there’s a four-way split on the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, MPC. A bit like the proverbial swan, the serenity of monetary policy and interest rates left constant for a year or more disguises the furious paddling rows beneath the surface. Never before has the Committee been so split. And yet, these [...]

By | Chunomics | Wednesday, 23 February 2011 at 6:37 pm

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