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An audience with the King of Google

22 May 2007 0:28

Just back from Google Zeitgeist Europe 2007 in Hertfordshire, as dazzling an assembly of those shaping the destiny of the web as you could hope to behold. The cast list… Continue reading


Hollywood, friend of cheap dates everywhere

21 May 2007 16:42

Leonardo di-Caprio and Blood Diamond gave men an excuse not to buy their wives and girlfriends diamonds on the grounds that they were ethically tainted. Now Julia Roberts is going… Continue reading

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The political web

21 May 2007 13:36

Fascinating piece in today’s Washington Post about Republican’s fears that they are “losing the Web.” What was once a side-show for political geeks is becoming core electoral terrain. Actually the… Continue reading


Advantage Cameron

21 May 2007 12:48

Just back from David Cameron’s press conference. It was a Blair-style "beat the goalie" session, with journalists invited to ask him nasty questions until they were exhausted. And, like Blair,… Continue reading


A good idea from Don Rumsfeld–no really

21 May 2007 12:21

Few people have a good word to say about Don Rumsfeld right now and there is little doubt that he was an absolute disaster in his second stint at the… Continue reading


Heated debate

21 May 2007 10:31

If man-made global warming is killing Africans, as the climate change alarmists suggest, shouldn’t we reduce our carbon footprint?  Tesco did just that, says Dominic Lawson, and reduced by two-thirds… Continue reading


Grammatical error

21 May 2007 7:53

Janet Daley is spot on in today’s Telegraph: the grammar schools row was a coronation gift to Gordon Brown. What were the Tories thinking of? According to the always excellent… Continue reading


Olympian debate

20 May 2007 18:58

Should Scotland have its own Olympic team? Alex Salmond thinks so, and his point is far from trivial. For the SNP, politics is sport carried on by other means. I… Continue reading


Brown goes nuclear

20 May 2007 18:06

Today’s news that Gordon Brown will back the next generation of nuclear power plants is further proof of his desire to put the Tories on the back foot. Nuclear power… Continue reading

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Irish notes

20 May 2007 10:10

In County Wexford on the South East coast of Ireland for the wedding of Number Ten strategist and Beatles fanatic, Steve Morris, to his beautiful bride, Tara Hopkins – complete… Continue reading

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What Brown should say

19 May 2007 9:31

Frank Luntz, the US polling guru whose Newsnight focus group gave David Cameron a crucial boost in the Tory leadership election, has an interesting piece in today’s Guardian. He argues… Continue reading

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Those with a past need not apply

18 May 2007 17:20

"George Bush could never get elected President if he went to Yale now," according to Google CEO Eric Schmidt. His argument is that he’d be caught on mobile phone cameras… Continue reading

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Things got worse

18 May 2007 16:10

A fact I dropped into my political column has been picked up by Iain Dale and (rightly) questioned. Could unemployment for under-25s really be worse than under the Tories? I… Continue reading


Where left meets right

18 May 2007 12:55

Throughout the French presidential campaign Nicolas Sarkozy was lambasted by his critics as an American neo-con with a French passport. This description was excessive, but there’s little doubt that Sarkozy… Continue reading


Bad timing

18 May 2007 10:24

Good to see Paul Wolfowitz taking my advice. In a way the whole story’s about bad timing. For him, in the sense that a relatively insignificant and disputable allegation of… Continue reading


Gordon’s court

18 May 2007 8:02

There is plenty of baffled commentary in this morning’s newspapers about the strange US-style transition arrangements between the Blair and Brown regimes – see for instance this leader in the… Continue reading

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The end of an era

18 May 2007 0:19

The last Bush-Blair press conference marks the end of an era. However, close the relationship between Bush and Brown turns out to be—and I expect it will be closer than… Continue reading


A convenient quote

17 May 2007 16:43

It is the worst kept secret in Washington—and that is saying something—that Al Gore and Hillary Clinton don’t get on. Many DC insiders have long claimed that Gore would get… Continue reading

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Have I gone soft on Brown?

17 May 2007 14:37

My political column has only just been published, and already I’m getting stick for being soft on Gordon Brown. Here’s my case: few can deny Brown has great political skills,… Continue reading

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Museum piece

17 May 2007 14:07

What are museums for? I wish I’d never asked the question but I did once unfortunately in a Douglas-Home-Memorial-Prize-winning essay which caused a bit of a stink in the increasingly… Continue reading


Cricket lovely cricket

17 May 2007 12:23

It is hard to utter the phrase “glorious summer of sport” with a straight face today thanks to the grim drizzle that is our lot but the sporting summer is… Continue reading


Scotland’s new leader

17 May 2007 8:04

So Alex Salmond has become Scotland’s first minister, with no  majority. If he can’t legislate, his administration may be the best Holyrood has had yet. Its hard to think of… Continue reading


The man who crowned Gordon

16 May 2007 21:15

In politics, as in life, destiny is a capricious business. Andrew Mackinlay, the Labour MP for Thurrock, must have assumed that it was his bleak fate to be remembered as… Continue reading


Why Willetts is right

16 May 2007 18:00

Is it just me, or is David Willetts largely right in the great Tory grammar school row? Ah yes, it would appear to be just me who thinks so. That… Continue reading


Fancy a ciggie?

16 May 2007 16:48

If a man can’t smoke what can he do?