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I have identified a new medical condition. In Martin Kettle’s excellent online article today about Tony Blair’s attitude to Gordon Brown’s irresponsible overspending, he quotes this passage from Blair’s memoir (pages 574-5) about the Fundamental Savings Review (FSR), the purpose of which was to
move beyond the catch-up investment in public services and instead focus on [...]
Last week, after reading the Independent article by Oliver Wright on the subject of NHS consultants’ salaries, I was left mildly bemused.
The wisdom (and concision) of Samuel Brittan: “That China and India are expected to “overtake” the US at some point is mainly a matter of relative population.”
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On the web today I saw:
This photograph by Saul Loeb (AFP/Getty Images) of White House aides returning with the President from his holiday in Hawaii.
Stephen Newton, an opponent of the Alternative Vote, drawing attention to welcome dawning of good sense at the Electoral Reform Society.
Sunder Katwala, who receives a first warning for trying too hard [...]
Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair on the rage against Tony Blair:
The taunts against him had swollen from run-of-the-mill abuse (“Bush’s poodle,” “Liar,” or sometimes “Bliar”) to full-out hatred. “War criminal!” “Murderer.” The first two public launches of his new memoir, A Journey, had been disrupted or canceled. At a bookstore signing in Dublin [...]
A detailed look at the scoring of last weekend’s UFC lightweight title clash between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
I am in total despair. Every time Michael Gove opens his mouth, extravagant foolishness and ignorance spews from it.
It is a “famous” photograph, apparently, but I haven’t seen it before, so it’s my best of the year. From The Atlantic via Marbury. A sign that is supposed to read “restaurant” in China, where they rely heavily on automated translation. (Marbury also links to this great example of automated translation gone wrong.)
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