The entire Shadow Cabinet should be forced to drink Waitrose’s free coffee, Eagle Eye

The entire Shadow Cabinet should be forced to drink Waitrose’s free coffee

Ed Miliband’s more-Blairite-than-Blair triumph of breaking the power of the trade union bosses in the Labour Party was nearly overshadowed by a silly row about Waitrose’s free coffee.
Andy Sawford, a Labour frontbencher, criticised Waitrose for giving its customers free coffee (scroll down), because it undercuts coffee shops and “is acting in a way that will [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 March 2014 at 11:57 am

What is a Blairite?, Eagle Eye

What is a Blairite?

My esteemed colleague Steve Richards, writing in a rival newspaper, says that Blairites “do not exist”. I was ready to text him with a polite “ahem”, when I realised that he had specifically included me (and Tony Blair) in the category of non-existent Blairites.
I am thus forced to set out my rather inadequate definition of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 9 October 2013 at 10:54 am

When I Ruled the World, Eagle Eye

When I Ruled the World

Modesty restrained me from further advertising my billing as “the world’s leading Blairite” by my esteemed colleague Steve Richards in The Independent last month, but let us lift the bushel:
It is easy to imagine some of Cameron’s advisers working for Blair and vice versa. Take a look at a quartet of brilliant columnists. The writer [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 July 2013 at 2:47 pm

The Definition of Blairism, Eagle Eye

The Definition of Blairism

I fear that, in my article for The Independent on Sunday, I broke a rule that I expect my students to observe: first, define your terms. I said that most MPs were Blairites, but my definition of Blairism was inadequate:
The Blairite party’s policies, as well as choice-driven public service reform, include being on the side [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 April 2013 at 6:01 pm

“The Boldest Measures are the Safest”, Eagle Eye

“The Boldest Measures are the Safest”

I haven’t had time to catch up on good news of one of Britain’s most inspiring exports, namely public service reform. If you haven’t read it already, I recommend Sir Michael Barber’s report of his schools reform in the Punjab, the most populous state in Pakistan, published last month.
The programme started little more than two [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 April 2013 at 9:45 pm

Reinventing Blairism, Eagle Eye

Reinventing Blairism

The launch of the What Works Network on Monday was promising. Oliver Letwin and Danny Alexander announced the setting up of four new centres to assess evidence for “what works” in policy on crime, old people, pre-school children and local economies.
The models for these independent centres are Nice, the National Institute for Health and Clinical [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 March 2013 at 6:15 pm

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