In praise of John Campbell, Eagle Eye

In praise of John Campbell

I was surprised, on turning over my copy of John Campbell’s authorised biography of Roy Jenkins, to discover my name on the back. The first quotation of “praise for The Iron Lady“, Campbell’s previous work, is:
“Anyone who wants to know what really happened between 1979 and 1990 should read this book.” John Rentoul, Daily Telegraph.
I remember [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 28 March 2014 at 9:23 pm

Tony Benn, Heroic Failure, Eagle Eye

Tony Benn, Heroic Failure

Tony Benn has died at the age of 88.
By all accounts, the world has lost a warm and generous man who was liked and respected by friends and colleagues across the political spectrum. Having been born in 1987, I remember him only in the final phase of his career, when he’d long settled into his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 9:23 am

“Capitalism provides British travellers with the best-value holidays on the planet”, Eagle Eye

“Capitalism provides British travellers with the best-value holidays on the planet”

My esteemed colleague Simon Calder had a fine article in The Independent on Thursday about the higher costs of holidays outside school terms. It is not online for reasons unknown to me, so I reproduce it here.
What I like about it is the patient way Calder rolls with the punch of popular irritation at things [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 2 February 2014 at 2:04 pm

Boris Blows It, Eagle Eye

Boris Blows It

I have already commented on Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher lecture here, here and in The Independent on Sunday today, where I say his mischievous identification with the right wing of the Conservative Party has harmed his chances of winning the leadership.
Or, as I put it, Theresa May has just come a little closer to being [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 3:17 pm

The No-Turning Point, Eagle Eye

The No-Turning Point

There was enough in Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher lecture to keep the comment industry in business for weeks. Chris Dillow, Iain Dale, Alastair Campbell. I wrote about it here and have written about it again for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow.
But still there is more. However incoherent much of the speech was, I agreed with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 30 November 2013 at 10:49 am

Boris on Maggie: She saved us from “an ecstasy of uselessness”, Eagle Eye

Boris on Maggie: She saved us from “an ecstasy of uselessness”

Some good lines in Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher lecture tonight. Recalling when he was a “pretty irritating” nine-year-old in 1975:
I remember how deserted London seemed, as people fled to Essex or elsewhere, and the stringy grass and the Spangles wrappers and the bleached white dog turds in the park, and the gust of Watneys pale [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 at 7:30 pm

In (Repeated) Praise of the Ticket Tout, Eagle Eye

In (Repeated) Praise of the Ticket Tout

It’s as if Margaret Thatcher never existed; young people today; gone to the dogs; laws of supply and demand.
My excellent young colleague Jamie Merrill complains in The Independent today that it is hard to buy tickets online for popular events (such as the Monty Python reunion) because they get snapped up by touts and then [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 27 November 2013 at 10:58 am

How Not To Improve Living Standards, Eagle Eye

How Not To Improve Living Standards

Roger Bootle, managing director of Capital Economics, on the politics of pointing at things and saying how expensive they are:
If a government really wants to do something to improve the long-term income prospects of its citizens, including the poor, it should concentrate on five difficult things: managing the macro-economy conservatively so as to ensure stability [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 9 October 2013 at 10:21 am

The Truth About Those Rip-Off Energy Companies, Eagle Eye

The Truth About Those Rip-Off Energy Companies

I mentioned profit margins in the energy industry in my column in The Independent on Sunday. I pointed out that margins were not high, although they had risen at the end of last year and start of this one, “from being a bit lower than those typical of supermarket companies to being a bit higher”.
This [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 October 2013 at 10:41 am

Thatcher blew her chance of European reform, Eagle Eye

Thatcher blew her chance of European reform

If you haven’t the inclination or time to read Charles Moore’s great work on Margaret Thatcher, the budget option is to read the Telegraph serialisation (the best bits from the letters to Muriel and the early life) and David Runciman’s 9,000-word review in the London Review of Books.
Runciman is a great writer, although given to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 May 2013 at 11:25 am

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