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Knightley’s return to the West End in The Children’s Hour, Notebook

Knightley’s return to the West End in The Children’s Hour

Hollywood stars are known for gracing the West End, often when taking a break from film, or to reengage with their classically-trained roots – to varying degrees of success.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 4:27 pm

Blossoming friendship, Eagle Eye

Blossoming friendship

I wonder if today’s Prime Minister’s Questions was one for the history books. David Cameron might have come up against the next Labour prime minister.
Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, elected last year, prefaced her question about capping the cost of credit by saying:
Last week the Prime Minister said something that I agree with: [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 3:55 pm

Denis Healey: “The figures are so often wrong”, Eagle Eye

Denis Healey: “The figures are so often wrong”

Denis Healey came to speak at the Mile End Group last night – the video is here. He was on characteristic form, presented by Peter (Professor the Lord) Hennessy and William Keegan (right), to an audience that included Nigel Lawson, David Owen, Joel Barnett, David Miliband, Andrew Adonis and mandarins from Healey’s time at the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 3:17 pm

The lion and the lion tamer, Notebook

The lion and the lion tamer

They say that the relationship between a dictator and the people of his country is like that of a lion tamer and a lion; the lion tamer knows that the lion could eat him at any point. In fact, everyone knows that the lion could eat him at any point, apart from the lion itself. Yesterday, the Egyptian people awoke from a lion’s slumber.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 2:29 pm

Avram Grant, Manchester United thriller and the Carling Cup, Sport

Avram Grant, Manchester United thriller and the Carling Cup

I was wrong about Avram Grant
Along with many other media commentators I got it wrong in these blogs about Avram Grant. I had him sacked and Martin O’Neill as the new West Ham boss. But either O’Neill said no or the West Ham owners were right when they said Grant’s position was always going to [...]

By | Sport | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 1:02 pm

What happens if there is a tied vote at the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee?, Chunomics

What happens if there is a tied vote at the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee?

The question arises because of the hawkish drift on the MPC towards raising rates seen in the latest minutes, and the possibility that the usual nine member group might drop to eight if Andrew Sentence, chief hawk, is not immediately replaced when he leaves after the May meeting. Or if someone goes sick or something.

By | Chunomics | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 12:48 pm

Iraq, and responsibility, Notebook

Iraq, and responsibility

In his latest column for the New Statesman, Mehdi Hassan argues that we can’t only blame Tony Blair for the Iraq war, which has led to the death of a million people, and four million more being forced from their homes. We also have to pin responsibility on the much wider circle of people who supported the war – including those in the media, like me, who he mentions by name. I think he’s right, and it’s an important article to link to and reflect on.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 11:51 am

‘Pubs will disappear in poorer areas’, Notebook

‘Pubs will disappear in poorer areas’

There are still far too many pubs closing – 29 a week as it stands, down from 52 in 2009 – but there are reasons for optimism. As I wrote in the Independent last week, a focus on good quality beer is helping pubs that were on their last legs, or indeed closed, to thrive. [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 11:48 am

Digital Digest, Digital Digest

Digital Digest

Links to the best of the web

By | Digital Digest | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 11:31 am

Swing at the Bank, Chunomics

Swing at the Bank

For Bank of England watchers the key thing that arises from the minutes of the last Monetary Policy Committee meeting, out this morning, is that perma Hawk Andrew Sentance has gained an ally – Martin Weale, the very sensible ex head of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research.

By | Chunomics | Wednesday, 26 January 2011 at 11:22 am

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