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Ultramarathon man: Conquering Europe, Notebook

Ultramarathon man: Conquering Europe

A lot has happened since my last post and there have been a lot of ups and downs in my race against the clock to complete the European leg of my world run.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 at 12:49 pm

Footnote on Labour’s EU referendum, Eagle Eye

Footnote on Labour’s EU referendum

I was too emphatic in my interpretation of Ed Balls’s views on a referendum on EU membership in my column for The Independent on Sunday. I said that the Shadow Chancellor had urged Ed Miliband to promise an in-out referendum before the Prime Minister did so – which he eventually did in his speech on 23 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 7 June 2013 at 11:09 am

Eastleigh: all the wrong lessons, Eagle Eye

Eastleigh: all the wrong lessons

Too many Conservatives are sure to take the wrong lesson from third place in the Eastleigh by-election, which is that they should be more Eurosceptic, tougher on immigration and should never have legalised gay marriage.
The right lesson, of course, is that they should have supported the Alternative Vote in the 2011 referendum. It wouldn’t have [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 March 2013 at 9:20 am

Cameron on Europe “turned a trap into a tryst with destiny”, Eagle Eye

Cameron on Europe “turned a trap into a tryst with destiny”

David Hayes has a lovely long essay on Britain’s history with Europe in Inside Story, an Australian website. He sees the crisis of the eurozone as a big moment in this long story, which “makes the prime minister’s referendum démarche on 23 January all the more intelligible, and his craftsmanship in turning a political trap into [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 26 February 2013 at 5:39 pm

Cameron’s Public Plot to Stay in the EU, Eagle Eye

Cameron’s Public Plot to Stay in the EU

David Lidington, the Europe minister, was on BBC1 Sunday Politics yesterday. The BBC sends transcripts to journalists but doesn’t put them on its website, so here it is.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 28 January 2013 at 8:33 am

Cameron on Europe: right, wrong or … political?, Eagle Eye

Cameron on Europe: right, wrong or … political?

We Sunday columnists are divided over the Prime Minister’s speech on the European Union.
Matthew d’Ancona says David Cameron got it right and it was all part of the grand modernising plan. Andrew Rawnsley says it was “a terrible mistake, quite possibly the fatal error of his premiership”. And I am somewhere in between, saying that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 27 January 2013 at 7:08 pm

“Why are you screaming and hugging?”, Eagle Eye

“Why are you screaming and hugging?”

“It’s the wrong people who are clapping!”
I meant to refer last week to this quotation from Dora Gaitskell, wife of Hugh, who expressed her horror at the applause for his “thousand years of history” Eurosceptic speech to Labour conference in 1962.
Andrew Rawnsley got there first, in his column for The Observer today. It is an apt echo of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 27 January 2013 at 2:55 pm

Voters back Cameron on Europe, Eagle Eye

Voters back Cameron on Europe

Labour’s lead has halved after the Prime Minister’s speech on Europe this week, according to a ComRes opinion poll for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror. The Conservatives have gained support at the expense of UKIP, while David Cameron’s personal ratings have risen.
Conservative   33% (+5)
Labour             39% (-)
Lib [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 26 January 2013 at 7:25 pm

Populus Poll on Europe, Eagle Eye

Populus Poll on Europe

Populus has a poll taken online since David Cameron’s EU speech in The Times today. The report is behind the pay wall but the tables are not, and they contain more and more interesting information.
The main finding is that people would vote to leave the EU in a referendum by 53% to 47%, excluding don’t [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 25 January 2013 at 2:35 pm

Fallon, clearing up after the PM, Eagle Eye

Fallon, clearing up after the PM

I hear that Michael Fallon, Minister of State at the Business Department, was late to a meeting with London business people this morning.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 23 January 2013 at 8:37 pm

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