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Did Climate Change Make Cameron PM?, Eagle Eye

Did Climate Change Make Cameron PM?

Hopi Sen asks number 372 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No by speculating that Labour did worse in the election because the unusually cold January and February deferred some economic activity from the first to the second quarter. The second-quarter growth figure published this week showed an unexpectedly strong recovery. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 24 July 2010 at 2:24 pm

Has Nick Clegg helped the case for a war crimes tribunal?

Samira Shackle at the Staggers, the New Statesman blog, asks number 371 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No. But a warm welcome back to the Blair hate fest to Philippe Sands QC, who has in the past explained in some detail why a prosecution is not going to happen.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 22 July 2010 at 11:29 am

Can the iPad Fix Healthcare?

Number 370 in my inexhaustible series of Questions to Which the Answer is No is asked in a press release by the New England Complex Systems Institute, which is launching a programme (no, I don’t call it an “app”) called Healthcare 101.
The iPad is a magical device, but can it fix the healthcare system?
A new app “Healthcare [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 July 2010 at 7:09 pm

Can Muammar Qaddafi’s Hip, Globe-Trotting Second Son Really Bring Democracy to Libya?

Eliza Griswold, who sounds like a JK Rowling character, asks number 369 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No in The New Republic.
Actually, it is perfectly possible that the answer is Yes, but the article is subscription-only, so I haven’t seen the evidence. It’s just a great question, is all.
Thanks to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 July 2010 at 4:49 pm

A Statement Followed by a Question Separated by a Colon: An Effective Journalistic Technique?, Eagle Eye

A Statement Followed by a Question Separated by a Colon: An Effective Journalistic Technique?

Question to Which the Answer is No number 368, although this gem from The Onion is out of chronological order, as it first appeared two years ago. But such genius never ages.

Thanks to Julia Turner via Larry Ryan.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 19 July 2010 at 4:38 pm

President Obama, Republican?, Eagle Eye

President Obama, Republican?

Questions to Which the Answer is No, number 367. This one asked by Andrew Murphy at Harry’s Place.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 19 July 2010 at 9:29 am

Will necktie fatwas unravel Iran’s leadership?, Eagle Eye

Will necktie fatwas unravel Iran’s leadership?

And now number 366 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Sylvie Stein at Foreign Policy.
It seems that there is a theological dispute between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ayatollahs in Iran over the wearing of ties.
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, normally close ally of the Iranian president, said: “I say to him [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 July 2010 at 3:10 pm

Are ageing lefties in denial?, Eagle Eye

Are ageing lefties in denial?

Grateful to Oliver Kamm for drawing my attention to number 365 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Jon Kelly at the BBC:
A study is being used to support the theory many educated, middle-aged left-wingers are in fact conservatives who can’t admit it. Is this true?
As Oliver says, no. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 July 2010 at 2:37 pm

We want to move on about it for ever, Eagle Eye

We want to move on about it for ever

In respect of yesterday’s post at Labour List by Joe Caluori, entitled,
We need to learn the lessons of Iraq before we can move on
another correspondent, James, writes to propose a new series:
Headlines to which the subtext is, No, we want to go on about it for ever.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 4:01 pm

Could this persuade Dave to ditch Nick?, Eagle Eye

Could this persuade Dave to ditch Nick?

The third leader in The Times this morning begins thus:
William Blake’s Jerusalem is a series of great historical questions to each of which the answer is “no”.
Well, I’m not sure about “those feet in ancient time”, because there is a bit of poetic ambiguity about whose feet they are, but the second question is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 3:52 pm

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