Why the TV debates won’t happen, Eagle Eye

Why the TV debates won’t happen

I have predicted in The Independent on Sunday today that the televised leaders’ debates, which took place for the first time in the last general election campaign, will not happen next time.
The Labour Party tried to get the TV debates story going over the quiet news period of Christmas and New Year, as The Guardian reported, but [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 23 February 2014 at 2:48 pm

“Money is no object”: the making of a historic phrase, Eagle Eye

“Money is no object”: the making of a historic phrase

Within moments of David Cameron’s saying the words at his news conference yesterday afternoon, it was obvious that “money is no object” would be a phrase that would repeat for weeks, be referred to for months and then be preserved in dictionaries of quotations, if those are still produced.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 12 February 2014 at 11:51 am

Cameron to Keep England in the Unions, Eagle Eye

Cameron to Keep England in the Unions

Can Cameron keep both Scotland in the United Kingdom and the UK in the European Union?

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 9 February 2014 at 2:24 pm

Men of Secrets V, Eagle Eye

Men of Secrets V

We come now to the interview with Lord O’Donnell in the series of interviews with Cabinet Secretaries past and present on the website put together by the Mile End Group for 10 Downing Street.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 10:06 pm

For the Union, Eagle Eye

For the Union

David Cameron has just made his biggest intervention yet in the fight over Scottish independence. This may or may not prove to be a good idea.
The PM is a skilled public speaker, but his party’s image in Scotland remains pestilential*, not helped by Cameron’s own background. Unfair though it is, he’s a gift to nationalists [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 4:22 pm

Rufus and Marcus Want the Left to Die, Eagle Eye

Rufus and Marcus Want the Left to Die

As a child, I read a non-fiction book called The Magic Furnace: The Search for the Origins of Atoms, and it was wonderful. The author told a story of forbidding complexity spanning thousands of years and nearly as many characters, without ever losing focus on the underlying physics or going beyond reach of the layman. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 28 January 2014 at 3:25 pm

The Cameron Decision Machine, Eagle Eye

The Cameron Decision Machine

David Cameron on decision-making as prime minister, in his Mail on Sunday interview:
You’ll probably go through 20 policy submissions every morning and four or five will require a decision, and you won’t always get those right. But it’s very important you make them, otherwise the whole system grinds to a halt. If the leader doesn’t lead, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 19 January 2014 at 7:58 pm

Women voters don’t mind Cameron after all, Eagle Eye

Women voters don’t mind Cameron after all

David Cameron’s “problem with women voters” – widely reported two years ago – was based on a misreading of opinion polls, according to new research. At the time, the Prime Minister was criticised for telling Angela Eagle, the Labour frontbencher, to “calm down, dear”, and for joking that Nadine Dorries, a Tory backbencher, was “extremely frustrated”. Yvette [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 11 November 2013 at 3:55 pm

Cameron and Inequality II, Eagle Eye

Cameron and Inequality II

Fair to say that there has been some customer resistance to the idea that disposable incomes have become more equally distributed since David Cameron became Prime Minister, which he claimed in the House of Commons yesterday and about which I wrote for Independent Voices and here.
Commenters below the line simply refuse to believe the evidence. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 7 November 2013 at 3:31 pm

The “Roll Back” of Green Taxes, Eagle Eye

The “Roll Back” of Green Taxes

Rationalising the green taxes on energy bills hardly contradicts David Cameron’s claim to lead the “greenest government ever”. Matthew d’Ancona, Andrew Rawnsley and James Forsyth today report Nick Clegg’s synthetic fury at the Prime Minister’s surprise promise to “roll back” green taxes.
But green levies on gas and electricity bills are a mess, as The Independent [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 27 October 2013 at 11:47 am

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