Notes on Iraq, Eagle Eye

Notes on Iraq

Quite hard to keep up with the strangeness of views about Iraq, but let me note three things.
1. The advance of Islamist militia from Syria to Mosul is a disaster. To the extent that it was made possible by the US-led invasion of Iraq 11 years ago, it counts against that decision. But anyone who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 13 June 2014 at 12:42 pm

Nick doesn’t agree with Nick, Eagle Eye

Nick doesn’t agree with Nick

One of these days someone ought to ask Nick Clegg what he has done to ensure the arrest of officers of the British armed forces who took part in what he called the “illegal invasion of Iraq”.
Presumably, Clegg knows that Tony Blair and the other 411 MPs who supported military action cannot, under the Bill of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 29 April 2014 at 10:48 am

When Labour rejected free school lunches, Eagle Eye

When Labour rejected free school lunches

Michael Gove’s former special adviser, Dominic Cummings, has written a blog post about why he thinks Nick Clegg’s plan to provide free school lunches for all younger primary-school pupils is a “gimmick”.
Gove himself now pretends it is a marvellous idea, and it is true that it has some merit, mainly that it removes a means [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 March 2014 at 12:29 pm

Twirling, Twirling, Twirling, Eagle Eye

Twirling, Twirling, Twirling

I’d like you to know that I really have tried. Whenever the Deputy Prime Minister’s head sticks above the parapet, I do my best to listen to what he’s saying with an open mind, as I would any real politician. But this is often a mistake, for his words are rarely fit for human consumption.
The [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 at 10:17 pm

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

The World’s Worst Political Party, Eagle Eye

The World’s Worst Political Party

First, some clarification. When I say “worst”, I don’t mean “most evil” or even “most wrong”. Even Hamas and the BNP have their role in the political ecology, like those parasitic wasps that grow in the bellies of spiders. Foul as they are, they have a reason to exist, even if only to give decent [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 16 January 2014 at 1:42 pm

Nick Clegg’s Core Vote Strategy: “Michael Gove”, Eagle Eye

Nick Clegg’s Core Vote Strategy: “Michael Gove”

The Liberal Democrats have been conducting some opinion research to refine their defensive strategy for the election, which is focused on trying to hold on to as many of the 57 seats that they won last time as they possibly can. The important thing, therefore, is to work out the best lines that will persuade [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 19 December 2013 at 12:29 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

Clegg Tiptoes (Back) Towards EU Referendum, Eagle Eye

Clegg Tiptoes (Back) Towards EU Referendum

The Liberal Democrat leader is to support a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union in a speech tomorrow, as my colleague Jane Merrick reported in The Independent on Sunday yesterday.
The significance of this requires detailed textual analysis. Nick Clegg is going to say:
The Lib Dems believe it will be far better to have [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 7 October 2013 at 2:03 pm

Ceci n’est pas un pipe, Eagle Eye

Ceci n’est pas un pipe

Nick Clegg’s opportunism never ceases to surprise. Tonight he has sent an email to Liberal Democrat members explaining why Syria is definitely not like Iraq, definitely not, not illegal and taking military action in Syria would be quite unlike anything that Tony Blair ever did completely.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that he repeats his [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 28 August 2013 at 10:07 pm

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