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The “Pariah State” Argument, Eagle Eye

The “Pariah State” Argument

By way of a further footnote to my column yesterday suggesting that Britain should pull out of the European Court of Human Rights while remaining signatory to the Convention, a correspondent takes issue with my rather compressed reference to the Chahal judgment of 1996. I wrote:
At other times [Tony Blair] and his home secretaries talked of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 7:30 pm

The meaning of the magic of Merlin, Eagle Eye

The meaning of the magic of Merlin

So now we know Barclays’ interpretation of its commitment: When Merlin said the 2010 bonus pot was to be calculated “including deferrals” what it meant was deferrals from subsequent years, not previous years.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 6:44 pm

What Wandsworth reveals about the Big Society, Eagle Eye

What Wandsworth reveals about the Big Society

For a phrase that no one seems to understand, the ‘Big Society’ really does seem to cover a lot of ground. Concerned about less police, cuts to legal aid, fewer hospitals, closed post offices? It turns out you really don’t need to be.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 6:00 pm

Why is the Middle East and North Africa in turmoil?, Chunomics

Why is the Middle East and North Africa in turmoil?

Despotism is one obvious cause; the economy is the other part of the answer. Yet Libya will grow by 6.2 per cent this year, enjoy inflation at 3.5 per cent and have a 20 per cent (of GDP trade surplus), all superior to the UK. The other economies are growing rapidly too; Bahrain by 4.5 [...]

By | Chunomics | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 5:40 pm

Relegation rivals face chastening games as race for survival intensifies, Sport

Relegation rivals face chastening games as race for survival intensifies

Languishing at Relegation Station, desperately hoping to leap on the next train that will drive them away from the drop zone are Wolves, West Ham and Wigan. A whole host of other relegation candidates can be found all around, from Blackpool to Stoke, Aston Villa to Fulham. Each club still possesses enough character to claw [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 5:36 pm

The ins and outs of student immigration, Notebook

The ins and outs of student immigration

An industry with export earnings of over £5bn per year – and predictions that it will be one of our biggest exports in 20 years’ time – you presume, would be one any Government would strive to protect. But the opportunities for the UK’s university sector to achieve this growth will be severely hampered if the government presses ahead with its proposed reform of the student immigration system.

By | Notebook | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 4:42 pm

“Is Cameron leading us to a Big Society gay wedding in Westminster Abbey?”, Eagle Eye

“Is Cameron leading us to a Big Society gay wedding in Westminster Abbey?”

Number 515 in the preposterous series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked by Norman Tebbit. A big welcome back.
Actually, Tebbit’s blog post falls into the category, as Alan Beattie says, of QTWTAINBYWIWY – Questions To Which The Answer Is No But You Wish It Were Yes.
Thanks to Benjamin.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 4:10 pm

Hidden agenda: Westminster’s wilful time-wasting, Notebook

Hidden agenda: Westminster’s wilful time-wasting

At first glance the order of business in the House of Commons on 28th February may seem as monotonous, innocuous and removed from public consciousness as any other day. The regular business of elected representatives rarely demand the interests of those they represent.

By | Notebook | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 1:47 pm

If only Ronaldo had not gotten injured, Sport

If only Ronaldo had not gotten injured

It is a rare moment to see three guys staring at a computer screen on a Saturday night, highly nostalgic and almost wiping a tear away from their eyes. No, this wasn’t us discussing the glory days of rock n’ roll after encountering Justin Bieber on a music channel but it was Ronaldo. The real [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 1:09 pm

iBet: Burnley’s away form is poor, Sport

iBet: Burnley’s away form is poor

West Ham v Burnley, FA Cup, tonight 8pm

Lay Burnley at 3.3 to one with Betfair
0.5pts
Only one game to go at tonight and it’s a tricky one. West Ham are obviously struggling near the foot of the table, but a closer inspection of their form shows they have only lost four of their last 13 games [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 21 February 2011 at 12:48 pm

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