Roy Jenkins: “Second-Class Mind”, Eagle Eye

Roy Jenkins: “Second-Class Mind”

One more thing from the last chapter of John Campbell’s wonderful biography of Roy Jenkins. My special interest in it is in its charting of Jenkins’ growing disenchantment with his protégé, which is entirely to Tony Blair’s credit.
I particularly enjoyed Campbell’s account of Jenkins’ description of Blair’s “second-class mind”.
Just because I could, I dug out [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at 4:53 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

Men of Secrets V, Eagle Eye

Men of Secrets V

We come now to the interview with Lord O’Donnell in the series of interviews with Cabinet Secretaries past and present on the website put together by the Mile End Group for 10 Downing Street.

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 10:06 pm

Blair backs Egypt’s military leaders, Eagle Eye

Blair backs Egypt’s military leaders

Tony Blair was in Egypt yesterday, and in an interview with Sky News Arabia which is due to be broadcast today, urged other countries to “get behind” the military government:
My view is, when I look at the region, I see it as one picture with different parts to it, but there’s one big picture, which [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 8:39 am

Tony Blair vs Brave Sir Robin, Eagle Eye

Tony Blair vs Brave Sir Robin

If you’re about my age and grew up in hard-left circles, Tony Blair is rather like Sauron, a figure of pure malevolence casting a baleful shadow over everything.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 21 January 2014 at 2:41 pm

Blair, Labour and Palestine: book review, Eagle Eye

Blair, Labour and Palestine: book review

If anyone is interested in what Blair is actually doing as Quartet envoy in Israel-Palestine, as opposed to what the Daily Mail and Guardian say he is doing, I recently recommended an excellent article by Toby Greene in the Jewish Chronicle.
I have since read Greene’s equally commendable book. It is a clear and balanced account [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 3 December 2013 at 3:53 pm

Blair on “owning the consequences” of intervention, Eagle Eye

Blair on “owning the consequences” of intervention

I have an article in The Independent and i today, about what can be learned from Tony Blair. Many others have commented on different things that he said, and the transcript of his question and answer session at the Mile End Group on Monday will yield much more.
Hopi Sen is typically brilliant in advising people [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 1 November 2013 at 1:34 pm

Tony Blair at the Mile End Group, Eagle Eye

Tony Blair at the Mile End Group

Tony Blair came to talk to the Mile End Group at Queen Mary University of London this morning. It was a seminar about “How Government Works” (as opposed to how academic theory says government works), and the video and transcript are up on the Mile End Group website.
Here he is with Dr Jon Davis, director [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 28 October 2013 at 6:30 pm

Labour at War with the Mail, Eagle Eye

Labour at War with the Mail

I meant to post this the weekend before last, to accompany my article in The Independent on Sunday about the consequences of Ed Miliband’s dispute with the Daily Mail.
I said that, although Miliband did not choose this quarrel, he seems to take the view that Paul Dacre, the editor of the Mail, will hate him [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at 2:04 pm

“What has Tony Blair ever done for peace?”, Eagle Eye

“What has Tony Blair ever done for peace?”

You do have to wonder about Labour so-called supporters for whom “Tony Blair” is the intellectual form of “your mum”.
If anyone is interested in what Blair is actually doing, as opposed to what the Daily Mail says he is doing, there is an excellent article by Toby Greene in the Jewish Chronicle today about his work as Quartet [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 14 October 2013 at 10:20 pm

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