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Jeremy Paxman: “Inappropriate, sneering, partial”, Eagle Eye

Jeremy Paxman: “Inappropriate, sneering, partial”

Only three months after the event this time, but the BBC has grudgingly accepted that Jeremy Paxman breached the BBC’s Charter obligation of impartiality with his article in The Guardian about which I wrote in December.
As reported in The Independent on Sunday, Helen Boaden, director of BBC News, has upheld part of the complaint made [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 13 February 2011 at 2:16 pm

Missing Men – missing from media coverage, Notebook

Missing Men – missing from media coverage

The body of a young man found in the River Irwell in Salford was today confirmed to be that of the missing Nathan Tomlinson.
Nathan went missing on the same day as Joanna Yeates.
Until yesterday, his family and friends had no idea of his whereabouts or what may have happened to him and desperately reached [...]

By | Notebook | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 10:12 pm

Yes Campaign for Voting Reform Stretches Lead

For tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, ComRes again asked people the official question that will be put in the referendum on changing the voting system. The Yes vote has gained from the don’t knows since last month:
At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 7:30 pm

“Big Society Cover for Cuts”: Poll, Eagle Eye

“Big Society Cover for Cuts”: Poll

Not much joy for the Coalition in our ComRes poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Labour’s lead has firmed up at six points; our tracker questions on public spending cuts have all moved against the Government; and people are unimpressed by the Big Society.
Voting intention:
Con           [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 7:25 pm

Freedom at last…, Notebook

Freedom at last…

Just over a month into the year, and we are two dictators down.  Who will be next for the chopping board?
For eighteen days, the Egyptian people have inspired us all.  Finally, their revolution has won.  Mubarak is gone, Suleiman is gone.  Of course, this didn’t start in Egypt, but with Mohamed Bouazizi, in the Tunisian [...]

By | Notebook | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 4:28 pm

Lifting the Yoke of NuLiebour Oppression, Eagle Eye

Lifting the Yoke of NuLiebour Oppression

Hurrah for the Freedom Bill, published yesterday.
Nick Clegg wrote a dreadful article for the Daily Telegraph to mark the historic occasion. It was riddled with clichés, including ”hard won British liberties” and the misuse of decimate, and rendered hard to read by bad grammar. As George Orwell said, bad writing betrays muddled thinking.
For those of you who have difficulty [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 12:00 pm

Poll Alert, Eagle Eye

Poll Alert

We have a ComRes poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, part of which is shared with the Sunday Mirror. In addition to voting intention, we have asked our battery of economic tracker questions and another set on the Big Society.
Do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements:
I have never heard of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 10:08 am

It’s All Tony Blair’s Fault – Latest, Eagle Eye

It’s All Tony Blair’s Fault – Latest

It hardly counts, because it is the Daily Star, but it is good to see one corner of the British press maintaining the old traditions:
Jobless Blamed on Blair
(The online version has “Jobless Blamed on Tony Blair”, just in case anyone thought it was Lionel.)

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 February 2011 at 9:10 am

Did Wyclef Jean help bring down Mubarak?, Eagle Eye

Did Wyclef Jean help bring down Mubarak?

Number 508 in the series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by the New Statesman, with a supplementary, number 508b:
Is the Haitian rapper the real reason behind Mubarak’s exit?
It follows swiftly on from number 507, asked by Samuel Coates, in the matter of a book review in the Financial Times:
Is the internet [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 February 2011 at 10:09 pm

UFC: Bisping – “There’s only one person who’s going to be laughing on the night and that’s me”, Sport

UFC: Bisping – “There’s only one person who’s going to be laughing on the night and that’s me”

Michael Bisping has reacted furiously to a YouTube video posted by Jorge Rivera, the Manchester middleweight’s next opponent, branding the clip as “pathetic garbage”.

By | Sport | Friday, 11 February 2011 at 6:58 pm

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