The Perils of Being an MP

13 March 2009 0:13

Tom Harris writes: There’s never a whip on Fridays; Friday sittings are reserved either for government-sponsored adjournment debates (when there’s no vote) or for Private Members’ Bills. I always enjoy… Continue reading


Traditionalists vs Reformers

12 March 2009 18:26

Ramesh Ponnuru disputes my suggestion that he is on the side of the Traditionalists in their battle with the Reformers over the future of the GOP. His view is that:… Continue reading

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Watching The Wire from the Left

12 March 2009 16:33

At the Irish Left Review there’s an interesting analysis of The Wire written by Seannachie (a sometime commenter here) that views the show as, in some respects, an allegory of… Continue reading


In Defence of Twittering

12 March 2009 14:33

Unlike Clive, I thought Rachel Sylvester’s article on Twitter one of the most confused pieces I’ve read all year. On the one hand she wanted to say smething about Twitter,… Continue reading


SNP to World: Help!

12 March 2009 11:39

How would the SNP have delat with the banking crisis? The FT’s Jim Pickard points out that "This is a valid question. The rescue of the Scottish banks has cost… Continue reading


The First Quiet Drink of the Evening

12 March 2009 2:07

Further to this post on Dublin pubs, my father reminded me of the great, wistful moment in The Long Goodbye when Terry Lennox tells Marlowe: "I like bars just after… Continue reading


America’s Crazy War on Soccer

12 March 2009 1:48

I’m guessing that we’ll know Barack Obama’s plan to turn the United States of America into a european socialist hellhole will be complete when he comes out as a soccer… Continue reading


Reformers vs Traditionalists

11 March 2009 23:24

Here’s how Ramesh Ponnuru frames the debate: The traditionalists push for upper-income tax cuts. The reformers want to cut the payroll taxes paid by the middle class. Traditionalists often deny… Continue reading


The Other Side of the New Deal

11 March 2009 20:05

Apologies for missing a day of blogging, but I’ve been hard at work trying to figure out how my idea for a New Deal of the Mind might work in… Continue reading


Douthat of the Times!

11 March 2009 20:04

Good news for the New York Times; bad news for the Atlantic. Ross Douthat is going to be Bill Kristol’s replacement on the op-ed page. Even better, in addition to… Continue reading


Losing (and punishing) Bolivia

11 March 2009 18:56

President Evo Morales of Bolivia is not everyone’s cup of tea. And Bolivia remains a country that has no need to search for additional problems. That said, Morales is a… Continue reading


The Usefulness of Anonymous Sources

11 March 2009 17:42

Glenn Greenwald is, as Julian Sanchez says, back on the warpath. This time he’s blasting the continued use of anyonymous sources and what he sees as their corrupting impact upon… Continue reading

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Caribbean Lessons

11 March 2009 17:10

In the grander scheme of matters, a West Indian series victory which left England thinking they should really have won the series 2-1 was not a bad result. England can… Continue reading


The Decline of the Dublin Pub

11 March 2009 15:01

The Long Hall: photo by Flickr user inaki_naiz. Used under a Creative Commons License. An important article in the New York Times on the decline of the traditional Irish pub.… Continue reading


When Failure is Rewritten as Success

10 March 2009 23:35

An interesting, and telling, line from Jonathan Powell’s article on why we should not over-react to the latest outbreak of Republican violence in Northern Ireland: Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness… Continue reading


The Cool Black Guy and the White Nerd

10 March 2009 17:50

That’s how Jon Stewart described Barack Obama and Gordon Brown. Actually, Brown comes out of it fine as Giftgate receives an airing on the Daily Show. Bonus: there’s chuckling at… Continue reading


How It All Began

10 March 2009 15:56

Way back in 1994 the Economist reported on this whole World-Wide-Web thingy: The enthusiasm of volunteers has made the web into one of the Internet’s most popular technologies, accounting for… Continue reading


A brilliant, horrifying, moving article

10 March 2009 2:18

It’s hard to know how to describe Gene Weingarten’s piece in the Washington Post’s magazine, except to say that it is one of the most heart-breaking, moving, humane, pieces of… Continue reading


Idiosyncratic Local Communities

10 March 2009 0:36

An interesting post, as always, from Jim Manzi: I’ve written often about the need for renewing the conservative- libertarian fusion, why I think this is a natural alliance, and the… Continue reading


The Libertarian Moral High Ground

9 March 2009 23:57

James writes: "Too often, politicians on the right, wrongly and short-sightedly, cede the moral high ground to the left. Conservatives in Britain have been particularly guilty of accepting, or at… Continue reading


The History of the Hain-Brown Ideological Split

9 March 2009 23:20

Every now and again I find myself reaching for Robert Peston’s 2005 book, Brown’s Britain. As we are now living in Brown’s Britain (perhaps we have been for the past… Continue reading


America Moves to the Left

9 March 2009 18:45

Another problem with the Republican party’s apparent belief that the Same Old Tunes are just as popular as they ever were, if, that is, they’re played properly is that, just… Continue reading


The Prior Problem

9 March 2009 17:38

Apart from being England wicket-keepers what do Matt Prior and Godfrey Evans have in common? Congratulations if you answered that they’re the only keepers in the history of test cricket… Continue reading


The Republicans and Cameron, Cont.

9 March 2009 13:13

Background: John O’Sullivan wrote a piece for National Review arguing that the GOP had nothing useful to learn from the Tory party’s post-1997 experiences. I took issue with that here.… Continue reading


Frum vs Limbaugh: the Newsweek Edition

9 March 2009 12:09

Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that I think David Frum’s Newsweek piece on the Trouble with Rush has a lot going for it. I admire David’s bravery… Continue reading