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Backroom Deals in Brussels Are No Big Deal

20 November 2009 17:43

It’s always heads they win, tails you lose with the euro-sceptics isn’t it? For instance, they were adamant that they didn’t want a high-profile figure such as Tony Blair to… Continue reading

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Photo of the Day

20 November 2009 15:26

The River Ettrick, running high and fast, at 2.45pm this afternoon.

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Paul Clarke Update II

20 November 2009 12:31

The national newspapers may not be terribly interested in the Paul Clarke case but, happily, legal blogger Jack of Kent is. He’s produced a detailed account of the case, and… Continue reading

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The Battle Against the Extremists in East London

19 November 2009 22:33

I have written about the battle against the neo-Nazis and radical Islam in this week’s Jewish Chronicle. This is such an important issue that I am cross-posting the two pieces.… Continue reading

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Did Obama Steal the Election?

19 November 2009 20:52

Sure, plenty of Democrats thought George W Bush "stole" the 2000 election (and conservatives would have reacted similarly had Al Gore been pronounced the victor by the Supreme Court) but… Continue reading

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La Main du Match

19 November 2009 18:21

Photo: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images If there were a World Cup for Being Sanctimonious, Ireland would qualify every time. So, mind you, might Scotland. The aftermath of last night’s match in… Continue reading

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Trying KSM in NYC

19 November 2009 17:36

On the whole I’m sympathetic to the Obama administration’s desire to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a civilian court in New York City. That is, dealing with this kind of… Continue reading

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Does Obama Need Britain in Afghanistan?

19 November 2009 14:42

Since I outlined a modest case for dithering on Afghanstan last month, it probably behoves me to admit that, politicaly though perhaps not militarily, the time for consequence-free dithering seems… Continue reading

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Muslim savages update

19 November 2009 14:06

Time for a quick update on what the Muslim savages are up to. Here’s a story from today’s Daily Mail, with a cut-out-keep picture, of Somali Muslim savages stoning to… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s Immodest Belief in Government

19 November 2009 13:30

David Cameron’s response to the Queen’s Speech was, of course, dictated by both convention and political nit-picking. Nonetheless, I agree with Sunder Katwala that it’s rum to see a Conservative… Continue reading

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Background has nothing to do with being funny 

18 November 2009 16:52

There’s a piece by my friend Dominic Lawson in the Independent yesterday, eulogizing the comedian Michael MacIntyre. At last, Dominic suggests, here is a comic who is not afraid to… Continue reading

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Health Care Reform is a Zombie Policy

17 November 2009 18:08

Peter Suderman notes that the Democrats’ health care plans have to play a finesse: on the one hand they promise that everything will get better; on the other they reassure… Continue reading

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The Wire in Ten Minutes

17 November 2009 16:19

What’s your favourite moment from The Wire? Here are 100 great lines from the best TV show of the decade. [Hat-tip: Radley Balko]

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Sarah Palin is Mitt Romney’s Useful Idiot

17 November 2009 15:41

The glib answer to this is to suggest that she’d do the party a great service by not running at all. Yesterday I wrote that she’s a "wrecker not a… Continue reading

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Paul Clarke Update

17 November 2009 13:26

Remember the outcry after the discovery that Paul Clarke could face five years in prison for the "crime" of finding a sawn-off shotgun in his garden and handing it in… Continue reading

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Are we heading for a repeat of 1992?

17 November 2009 10:54

Much as I hate to provoke, you have to say it’s been a very good couple of weeks for both the Prime Minister and the Labour Party. It is probably… Continue reading

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Are Big Ideas Back?

17 November 2009 0:08

I can’t quite decide whether there really is a return of ideas to British politics or whether the political columnists have just grown tired of writing yet another piece about… Continue reading

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The Second Coming of Sarah Palin

16 November 2009 13:47

Well, kind of. America’s most famous hockey mom is on Oprah this week, promoting her memoir. There’s going to be an awful lot of Sarah Palin this week. In the… Continue reading

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20 Years of the Little Master

15 November 2009 23:07

The thing about cricket, or one of the things about it, is that the game makes few allowances for ability. The strong are persecuted just as surely as the weak… Continue reading

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Britain: petty official capital of the world

15 November 2009 13:42

The former Tory whip, Tristan Garel-Jones, now Lord Garel-Jones, was searching for a cashpoint while in his car recently. He found one but there were no parking spaces available, so… Continue reading

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Is This the Most Enraging Story of the Year? Perhaps!

14 November 2009 20:15

You might think that this story can’t be true or that’s been made-up to provoke everyone’s inner Littlejohn. But no, not so. It is true and, alas, an enraging, dispiriting… Continue reading

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Saturday Morning Country: Laura Cantrell

14 November 2009 2:58

Yay! Another young, still-to-reach-their-prime performer! I like Laura Cantrell heaps. She has something. Here she is performing When the Roses Bloom Again. A nice, properly mournful song that is, in… Continue reading

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Is heroin more popular than Toryism in Glasgow?

13 November 2009 17:19

Chris Dillow estimates that there are more heroin users in Glasgow North East than Tory voters*. For that matter, there are probably four heroin users in Springburn for every plucky… Continue reading

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Lessons from Glasgow North-East

13 November 2009 1:06

The result hasn’t been officially announced yet but it’s clear that Labour have won a handsome victory in the Glasgow North-East by-election. That’s no surprise. I don’t think the SNP… Continue reading

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Bright’s Blog: The Comeback

12 November 2009 22:32

Apologies that the blog hasn’t been as regular as it should have been recently. The Jewish Chronicle has worked me hard in my first few weeks and I have been… Continue reading

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