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What Bush almost said about Iraq

9 August 2007 17:10

George W. Bush’s speech in May 2003 declaring major combat operations in Iraq over while a banner behind him proclaimed “mission accomplished” was, with the benefit of hindsight, unfortunate at… Continue reading


Are diversity and solidarity compatible?

9 August 2007 14:34

Robert Putnam’s new work on diversity is sure to set the cat amongst the pigeons. The Boston Globe summarises the findings of The Bowling Alone author thus: “the greater the… Continue reading


Look who’s coming to dinner

9 August 2007 12:20

The Bush clan will be gathering in their New England retreat this weekend and they will be joined, as Irwin Stelzer hinted they would be, by Nicolas Sarkozy, who is… Continue reading

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The Iranians in Iraq

9 August 2007 10:28

Do watch the opening segment from yesterday’s edition of Newsnight on what the Iranians are up to in southern Iraq. It gives you a very good idea of what the… Continue reading

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Hold The Jaws Remake

9 August 2007 8:36

It is safe to go back in the water in Cornwall. It turns out that the the great white shark that was supposedly seen off Newquay was actually photographed in… Continue reading


Obama hits Hillary over Iraq

8 August 2007 19:38

The contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama is entering a decisive phase. The first primary is now only five months away and Hillary retains a commanding national lead, even… Continue reading


The 2008 version of the Olympic Spirit

8 August 2007 18:26

A small, but telling, example of the nature of the regime that will be hosting the 2008 Olympics comes in James Fallows’s latest missive from China. “CNN International began its… Continue reading

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When discrimination is good

8 August 2007 16:33

Thank God for the Act of Settlement (1701). It keeps us focused. In the past week newspapers have been focusing on poor Peter Phillips, tenth in line to the throne,… Continue reading


What’s wrong with the right

8 August 2007 13:57

Over at Conservative Home, Peter Franklin has written a hard-hitting piece setting out some ‘home truths for the right.’ He accuses various bits of it of being self-indulgent, hypocritical and living… Continue reading


How emotional should politicians get?

8 August 2007 11:53

Drew Westen, the super smart American political scientist who wrote for The Spectator a few weeks back, has extracts of his new book on why leaders need to connect on… Continue reading

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What is Mark Malloch Brown up to?

8 August 2007 9:59

Further to James’s post, when the prospect of a Darfur deal at the UN was raised on the PM’s plane to Washington nine days ago, I asked British officials this… Continue reading


A period of silence on Malloch Brown’s part

8 August 2007 8:09

This morning’s Today Programme had an item on the Foreign Office Minister Mark Malloch Brown that’s well worth listening to. Malloch Brown has quickly become the most controversial of Gordon’s… Continue reading


A Golden Opportunity for the GOP

7 August 2007 23:46

A ballot initiative in California could have more impact on the 2008 presidential race than any of the back and forth that is going on between the candidates at present.… Continue reading


You don’t want to say that

7 August 2007 16:28

Here’s the Guardian’s website reporting William Hague’s defence of David Cameron today: “Speaking at a press conference in central London, Mr Hague also dismissed claims that Mr Cameron was failing to… Continue reading


Why England industrialised first

7 August 2007 14:20

Was the industrial revolution a product of downward social mobility? That’s the argument of a forthcoming book by the American historian Gregory Clark. His thesis is that as the rich… Continue reading


Cameron shouldn’t be cowed by Cowie

7 August 2007 12:50

Sir Tom Cowie is always great value for journalists. When I was a business hack, I would call him up when reporting the annual results of Cowie Plc, the car… Continue reading


The state of Basra

7 August 2007 8:44

The Washington Post this morning has a sobering account of the situation on the ground in Basra. The paper reveals that the US government has expressed concerns about the impact of… Continue reading


Things you shouldn’t reveal on Facebook

6 August 2007 18:37

If you’re the daughter of a presidential candidate who already has political problems because of his complicated family life it doesn’t help if you reveals on your Facebook page that your supporting another… Continue reading


What Labour MPs should read instead of The God Delusion

6 August 2007 17:03

The most popular book among Labour MPs this summer is, according to a new survey, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. I have rather mixed views on Dawkins who is… Continue reading


Another Rumsfeld blunder

6 August 2007 15:02

Abu Ghraib was a shameful episode and Don Rumsfeld, true to obstinate form, never seemed to grasp quite how much damage it had done America. But what is equally revealing is… Continue reading


Help, help me Rhondda, there’s been another defection

6 August 2007 13:23

After Quentin Davies defected to Labour, Ed Balls hinted that there would be more to come. Well, one is about to be announced. Are you sitting down? It is none… Continue reading


Is Ashcroft’s money a reason for Brown to go early?

6 August 2007 12:23

John Kampfner has a piece in The Guardian today urging caution on Labour and its supporters about the party’s electoral prospects because of the amount of resources Lord Ashcroft is… Continue reading


Malloch Brown wanted a joint EU seat on the UNSC

6 August 2007 10:36

The Tories have dug up a rather good story. When Mark Malloch Brown was still at the UN he was a strong advocate of the EU having one collective seat… Continue reading


Miles off

6 August 2007 8:35

‘Food miles’ is one of the new eco buzz phrases and makes people think that buying local food is inherently better for the environment. But an op-ed in the New York… Continue reading


America looks for a first spouse

5 August 2007 21:22

One of the most notable features of the 2008 presidential race is the amount of attention being lavished on the spouses of the candidates. Just today we have a New… Continue reading

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