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Carlos Tevez’s ill-timed transfer request was a timely reminder to the Manchester City hierarchy of just how unhealthy their dependence on the irascible Argentinian could be. The goalscoring burden has been carried dexterously by the club captain all season but Tevez’s employers must be uncomfortable about the extent of their reliance on a player [...]
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A few thoughts on bankers’ bonuses. We don’t seem to be able to make our collective minds up about whether this is a technical debate about how to make the banks safer – or a wider question about inequality and fairness.
No names here. I don’t wish to give him the satisfaction. An ex-Big Brother housemate who pretty much nobody has ever heard of, nevermind recognise, has displayed over the last week what can only be described as a sickening desperation for attention.
Two polls carried out in Oldham East and Saddleworth were published today, too late for me fully to update my article for The Independent on Sunday, in which I predict a Labour win.
That looks pretty likely if not, perhaps, “nailed on”, as I described it, although it looks unlikely that the Liberal Democrats will come [...]
Senator Prescott* said some interesting things in a talk on a cruise on Queen Mary 2 (right). The former Deputy Prime Minister was accused by Tony Blair in A Journey of helping Gordon Brown to succeed him:
It’s not that John was ever personally disloyal – he wasn’t – but Gordon pitched his own position on [...]
For many people, Tony Blair has now become a legendary figure, in the sense that he is based on a historical person, but he is used to mean something to make sense of people’s own worlds.
Here’s Deborah Meaden, a judge on the BBC’s business talent show Dragons’ Den, talking about her politics to New [...]
Truly sophisticated entertainment:
Howard Jacobson, a thing of beauty and a joy for ever on a most unpromising subject. Genius.
Sarah Ellison, at Vanity Fair, reports on Julian Assange’s falling out with The Guardian, in the course of which he said that he “owned the information and had a financial interest in how and when it was [...]
Further to piece and package, my correspondents also want to add to the Banned List:
Skyrocket (is it supposed to distinguish from underground or underwater rockets or rockets that operate only in outer space?) Amol Rajan.
“Like x on acid [/other substance]” Soho Politico; for example, “Terry and June on acid” Mitchell Stirling.
And I need to issue [...]
As an addition to my comment on Martin Kettle’s article, and as a partial reply to a comment on my comment, I also commend to you Phil Collins in The Times today (pay wall) and Hopi Sen on what I still call A Blog From the Back Room.
Collins argues that Ed Miliband has made a [...]
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