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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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