Three Cheers for the House of Lords

12 November 2009 0:09

Everyone, and not without reason, holds the House of Commons in some degree of contempt. This has provoked any number of proposals for reforming the lower house. One simple, if… Continue reading

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Gainsbourg: Vie Heroique

11 November 2009 19:44

Oh, this is splendid. Lord knows when it will be released in Britain, but a trip to Paris in the New Year to see this biopic of the great Serge… Continue reading

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The Most Important Man in Washington?

11 November 2009 16:06

Apart from Barack Obama, that is. One way of measuring influence, in Washington, Whitehall or elsewhere, is to ask: how much damage would this person’s resignation do? By that standard,… Continue reading

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Shocker! Public Back Brown!

11 November 2009 14:27

But only on the absurd row over his letters to the mothers and wives of soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Heck of a job, Sun. A Politics Home poll reports: And:… Continue reading


The Miliband Dilemma

11 November 2009 14:16

Brother Blackburn’s suggestion that David Miliband risks, perhaps, being something of a Labour version of William Hague should he succeed Gordon Brown. And Danny Finkelstein’s column arguing that Miliband should… Continue reading


Insipid little townships

11 November 2009 10:46

Just returned from Cambourne, in Cambridgeshire – a town you may have heard of on account of its extraordinary (if you believe the press) birthrate, which is 100 times the… Continue reading


Who is John Limbert?

11 November 2009 1:48

Well, he’s the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iran in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs who is, according to Melanie Phillips, a "fifth columnist" who is "in… Continue reading


To you Celtic Football Club, I say: Never!

10 November 2009 16:11

Celtic supporters sung Irish “rebel” songs during the one minute’s Remembrance Day silence before the kick off of their game at Falkirk. Even more Celtic fans waited outside the turnstiles… Continue reading


Poor Gordon Brown

10 November 2009 13:59

I had a pretty keen dislike of Gordon Brown long before it was popular or profitable to hold the Prime Minister in low regard, but it’s now obvious that the… Continue reading


The March of the Surveillance State

10 November 2009 4:02

Good grief: All telecoms companies and internet service providers will be required by law to keep a record of every customer’s personal communications, showing who they are contacting, when, where… Continue reading


Without War We Are Nothing. Apparently.

10 November 2009 2:24

Happily my Outrage Outage didn’t last long. Thanks, Robert Kaplan! Your Atlantic column on the fall of the Berlin Wall proved a most adequate tonic. You conclude your piece: What… Continue reading


Blog Fail

9 November 2009 17:47

Apologies for the light blogging. I’ve failed to be outraged by anything today. Lamentably, this even includes not being outraged by the outrage over whatever it is that’s the outrage… Continue reading


The Politics of Health Care

8 November 2009 15:49

So the House of Representatives has, albeit narrowly, passed health care reform. Whatever one thinks of the merits of the bill that is an achievement for Pelosi and Obama in… Continue reading


Memo to Columnists: The EU does NOT have much in common with the USSR

8 November 2009 14:09

Janet Daley describes herself as a euro-sceptic of "apocalyptic dimensions". The evidence presented by her column today suggests this may be an understatement. Alas, this kind of euro-scepticism seems to… Continue reading


London Scottish (1914)

8 November 2009 2:35

The war memorial in my hometown, a place of no more than 6,000 people today, lists the names of no fewer than 292 men from Selkirk killed in the Great… Continue reading


Charles Krauthammer’s Crazy, Lazy Complacency

6 November 2009 20:10

Charles Krauthammer isn’t as reliably and consistently wrong as Bill Kristol, but he’s also determined to see the sun shining for Republicans. Thus: The Obama coattails of 2008 are gone.… Continue reading


Big Brother in Big Sky country

6 November 2009 19:05

Not welcome in Montana. For shame. A sad story of our times: residents of Belgrade, Montana petitioned the town council for permission to keep chickens in their yards. No-one objected… Continue reading


The Euro-sceptics will bide their time before devouring another Tory leader? Great!

6 November 2009 17:52

Yesterday I suggested that Europe may well end up destroying David Cameron’s ministry and that, consequently, some of this week’s maneouvering has been designed to delay that until a putative… Continue reading


Friday Afternoon Country: Lyle Lovett

6 November 2009 16:06

Because, frankly, from Afghanistan to Texas to the corridors of Whitehall and the Bank of England, it’s been a pretty bleak week it’s appropriate to bring Saturday Morning Country forward… Continue reading


Sod the Public: We Need Representatives, Not Delegates

6 November 2009 2:36

I don’t mean to pick on David Kerr, the SNP’s candidate in the Glasgow North-East by-election, because, frankly, every single one of the candidates would say something like this: "My… Continue reading


A just cause

6 November 2009 0:33

We are apparently incapable of fighting a war, these days, unless a quick and bloodless victory is pre-ordained. Labour (and especially John Reid) deserves some criticism for having pretended, initially,… Continue reading


Drug War Economics

5 November 2009 16:31

It seems that Mexican drug cartels, vexed by inceased security at the American border, are sensibly moving production to be closer to their clients. Consequently, they’re growing marijuana on Indian… Continue reading


Europe: A British Victory?

5 November 2009 13:25

Timothy Garton Ash’s piece recalling his adventures in central and eastern europe for this magazine is just as enjoyable as you would expect. Which is to say that it’s very… Continue reading


Order is Restored

5 November 2009 12:09

The peerless Mariano Rivera. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images. After eight long, gruelling years the Curse of Bush is finally lifted and the universe is once more on an even keel:… Continue reading


Is it Possible to Have a Twit-Scoop?

5 November 2009 10:07

I was interested to see the Observer story at the weekend about Lord Ashcroft accompanying William Hague to Washington.  I tweeted this on October 23rd. I even teased Iain Dale… Continue reading