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Electrifying, Eagle Eye

Electrifying

Daniel Finkelstein in The Times (pay wall) does not think much of the idea of a Tory manifesto promise to refuse to continue the coalition:
Yesterday it was being suggested that David Cameron was contemplating fighting the next election on a pledge not to form a coalition whatever the result. The suggestion was further being made that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 3:14 pm

Choice and Chance in the 2015 Election, Eagle Eye

Choice and Chance in the 2015 Election

Brilliant column by Daniel Finkelstein, or Lord Finkelstein as we shall have to get used to calling him, in today’s Times (pay wall). About a book called The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election, by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck.
It recounts an experiment in election forecasting, which is relevant to some of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 at 6:58 pm

“It is kind of you to warn me about the Jews”, Eagle Eye

“It is kind of you to warn me about the Jews”

Best thing I’ve read all year was Daniel Finkelstein in The Times, 30 January, in response to David Ward, the Liberal Democrat MP of whom no one had heard until he said, as he signed the Holocaust Memorial Day Book of Commitment (pictured): “I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 11 February 2013 at 8:49 am

Daniel Finkelstein: pathetic and wrong, Eagle Eye

Daniel Finkelstein: pathetic and wrong

Fine column by Daniel Finkelstein in The Times today (pay wall). It is about how the Conservatives should deal with UKIP, and concludes that neither copying its policies nor insulting its supporters is likely to work.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 5:30 pm

The two fat truths about Cameron, Eagle Eye

The two fat truths about Cameron

Daniel Finkelstein is right, as usual, in The Times today (pay wall). Here is the important bit:
There are two types of explanation for the Government’s difficulties. One [is that] individual acts that capture the headlines are accorded greater prominence than their importance deserves. Thus it is possible for the removal of anomalies in the pricing [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 at 11:44 am

The Paradox of Europe, Eagle Eye

The Paradox of Europe

In The Independent on Sunday today I repeat the question asked by Daniel Finkelstein (right) in The Times on Wednesday* (pay wall):
For how long will it remain the case that questioning Britain’s membership of the EU will be something that cannot be done by a mainstream political figure?
I think this is a question that is more [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 6 November 2011 at 2:52 pm

Daniel Finkelstein vs Ofcom, Eagle Eye

Daniel Finkelstein vs Ofcom

The Times man yesterday argued that the power of the Murdoch press is grossly exaggerated and that the BBC is the real dominant media power in the land. The communications regulator, Ofcom, takes a different view.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 21 July 2011 at 12:10 pm

The TB-GBs reborn in the Coalition, Eagle Eye

The TB-GBs reborn in the Coalition

James Forsyth has a good article in the forthcoming Spectator on Labour’s low profile. Of course, some of it is to do with the accident of timing of Ed Miliband’s paternity leave, and witticisms such as Daniel Finkelstein’s “When does he start in the new job?” on Newsnight the other night are to be deplored.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 17 November 2010 at 6:41 pm

Clairvoyance and Glenda Jackson

Saturday round-up of stuff I mentioned on Twitter but did not have time to blog.
“It is an accursed gift, being able to see into the future.” Howard Jacobson predicts England won’t win the World Cup.
David Cameron wrote to Aung San Suu Kyi today to wish her happy birthday and “promise we will do everything we [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 19 June 2010 at 10:18 pm

Germany, not Greece, should abandon the euro, Eagle Eye

Germany, not Greece, should abandon the euro

Gerard Baker, deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal and a former colleague on BBC1 On The Record, writes in The Spectator:
If the Greeks were to be ejected from the eurozone, the implications for Europe’s economy might be devastating. The revived Greek drachma would immediately experience a massive devaluation against the euro. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 17 June 2010 at 2:52 pm

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