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“Could Abu Qatada Trigger a Snap General Election?”, Eagle Eye

“Could Abu Qatada Trigger a Snap General Election?”

I am sure that we have had a similar question before, but this, asked by Simon Heffer in the Daily Mail, is number 934 in the series of the book, Questions To Which The Answer Is No (yes, that is what QTWTAIN stands for; the second T is silent).
Number 935, asked by The Guardian, also [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 27 April 2013 at 7:48 pm

“Electoral reform – Coming sooner than you think?”, Eagle Eye

“Electoral reform – Coming sooner than you think?”

Political Betting is back on form with this Question To Which The Answer Is No, number 931 in my series, last week. The book of QTWTAIN is still available, just £6.14 for the download.
Meanwhile, number 933 has just been asked by Mehdi Hasan:
I’ve long been a critic of the explosion in CCTV/public surveillance, but the Boston bombings [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 21 April 2013 at 2:50 pm

“If everybody in the US drove west, could we temporarily halt continental drift?”, Eagle Eye

“If everybody in the US drove west, could we temporarily halt continental drift?”

Number 930 in my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No (QTWTAIN): “If everybody in the US drove west, could we temporarily halt continental drift?” What If?

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 16 April 2013 at 2:51 pm

Did the Left Win the 20th Century?, Eagle Eye

Did the Left Win the 20th Century?

Unexpectedly, this, asked in the New Statesman’s centenary edition, is not a Question To Which The Answer Is No. The New Statesman has used only the last paragraph of my answer, so here is the full windbag version:
When I worked for the New Statesman in 1988, I read some of its earliest editions for the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 12 April 2013 at 12:29 pm

“Does New Study of Burial Cloth Add to Existing Proof that Jesus Was Resurrected Around 33 AD?”, Eagle Eye

“Does New Study of Burial Cloth Add to Existing Proof that Jesus Was Resurrected Around 33 AD?”

A new version of an evergreen Question To Which The Answer Is No (QTWTAIN). This was asked by Myra Adams at PJ Lifestyles. This one was spotted by Chris Smith, to whom thanks.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 10:34 am

Did the Iraq War Cause the Great Recession?, Eagle Eye

Did the Iraq War Cause the Great Recession?

Haven’t had a full-dress straight up and down Question To Which The Answer Is No for a while. This is the real thing. Number 908, asked by Henry Farrell, The Monkey Cage, from an original article by Thomas Oatley.
Thanks to James Plunkett, who spotted it.
Meanwhile, we had number 907, asked by James Chapman of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 at 3:50 pm

Farage, just another pol, Eagle Eye

Farage, just another pol

Rupert Murdoch has long had a low opinion of David Cameron, although they had something of a rapprochement before the last election when Cameron dropped in on Murdoch’s yacht Rosehearty in the Mediterranean. So Murdoch’s dinner with Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, on Tuesday was a calculated insult to the Prime Minister.
That is intriguing.
But Farage’s eagerness [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 March 2013 at 11:22 am

Is Spongebob Squarepants the new Che Guevara?, Eagle Eye

Is Spongebob Squarepants the new Che Guevara?

Number 903 in the long running series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No is asked by Vice, which appears to be a rich source of such questions.
Spotted by Jonathan Freedland.
Della Mirandola saw number 904 first:
Could Ed Miliband be Labour’s Margaret Thatcher?
Asked by Andy Beckett in The Guardian.
Amazon special offer: download the QTWTAIN e-book [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 18 January 2013 at 10:20 am

Could climate change turn humans into hobbits?, Eagle Eye

Could climate change turn humans into hobbits?

Number 901 in my long-running series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No (QTWTAIN), asked by my esteemed former colleague, Geoffrey Lean, at Telegraph Blogs.  First spotted by James Worron.
My QTWTAIN e-book is still only £2.29 at Amazon, cheaper than a 240g tub of pomegranate seeds from Ocado.
Number 902, spotted by Gaby Hinsliff, was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 12 January 2013 at 4:00 pm

Was Hitler Really a Fan of Gun Control?, Eagle Eye

Was Hitler Really a Fan of Gun Control?

Fine contribution to my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No from Mother Jones. Number 899. Spotted by Clive Davis.
And a warm welcome to the series, in at number 900, to Bjørn Lomborg, who asks:
The End of Pasta?
Spotted by Matthew Burchall.
Which is by way of introducing the offer of the year: the Kindle [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 11 January 2013 at 2:05 pm

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