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Big tent in little tent, Eagle Eye

Big tent in little tent

Rob Marchant on what’s wrong with the signature sound bite of Ed Miliband’s recent speeches and articles:
The awkward truth is that there is no progressive majority, at least, not in the sense being proposed. A combination of the left wing of the Lib Dems and our own current political direction would not be the same as [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 4:19 pm

We don’t need a show trial, just one that comes up with the RIGHT ANSWER, Eagle Eye

We don’t need a show trial, just one that comes up with the RIGHT ANSWER

I don’t read Henry Porter, but I know a man who does. Norman Geras, in fact. Whose journey into Didmagnacartadieinvainland yields this gem of idiocy on the Chilcot inquiry:
As with the other inquiries into Iraq, the British public has been deprived of proper satisfaction. We don’t need a show trial, just a sense that penitence [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 3:51 pm

Premier League review: Brilliant Berbatov and majestic Meireles, Sport

Premier League review: Brilliant Berbatov and majestic Meireles

THE HAT-TRICK HEROES
Dimitar Berbatov
The curious case of Dimitar Berbatov; the Bulgarian striker is the league’s top scorer, has an extraordinary habit of recording goals galore in single games, but often finishes matches without fretting the score line. Birmingham met the menacing part of his forte on Saturday.
Alex Mcleish’s men endured a three-goal onslaught from the [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 3:26 pm

Was Blair obsessed with Iraq before 2001?, Eagle Eye

Was Blair obsessed with Iraq before 2001?

Blair was clearly keen on a tough international stance towards Saddam Hussein but I don’t get the impression that it could be described as an “obsession” for the former Prime Minister.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 2:37 pm

The Case Against the Iraq War, Eagle Eye

The Case Against the Iraq War

Unusually, an anonymous commenter, rms3, has made a contribution to the debate about Iraq from an anti-war position that is clear, factual, well argued and reasonable. For the benefit of readers who have better things to do with their time than trawl through the bottom-dwelling creatures that dominate the comments, I reproduce this response to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 2:20 pm

GM food: the arguments we can’t ignore, Chunomics

GM food: the arguments we can’t ignore

The Foresight Report on Food and Farming Futures, commissioned by the British government and broken in The Independent by my colleague and our science editor, Steve Connor, is a timely contribution to the debate on food security.

By | Chunomics | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 2:18 pm

Not only is Andy Gray sexist, he’s also the worst pundit, Sport

Not only is Andy Gray sexist, he’s also the worst pundit

Andy Gray, Sky Sports’ leading football pundit, has found himself at the centre of a sexism row following his off-air comments about assistant referee Sian Massey.
Along with lead presenter Richard Keys, the pair concurred that female officials “don’t know the offside rule” with Keys adding: “I can guarantee you there’ll be a big one today. [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 1:17 pm

iBet: Bolton are in worse shape than Chelsea, Sport

iBet: Bolton are in worse shape than Chelsea

Bolton v Chelsea, Premier League, Sky Sports 1, kick of 8pm
Lay Bolton at 4.8 to one with Betfair
Much has been written about Chelsea’s crisis of confidence – but Bolton are in even worse shape. Only West Brom are below Bolton in the six-match form table – a period when they have only won one league [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 12:35 pm

They say we have freedom, but what about the scars?, Notebook

They say we have freedom, but what about the scars?

There is a reason we must remember people like Patrice Lumumba. Malcolm X described him as “the greatest man who ever walked the African continent”. He fought for freedom, independence and justice, and was a passionate and formidable opponent of colonialism and racism. So, why was he killed?

By | Notebook | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 11:36 am

Digital Digest, Digital Digest

Digital Digest

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By | Digital Digest | Monday, 24 January 2011 at 11:29 am

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