Behind the Security Theatre Curtain

20 October 2008 17:10

Airport security? A complete joke. This has been apparent for some time, of course, but all the "security theatre" nonsense at least makes it seem as though something is being… Continue reading


Status: Enraged but Unsurprised

19 October 2008 12:48

OK, this is from the Sunday Times so the usual weekend caveats apply. But a) this story does seem to be confirmed by official sources and b) it turns out… Continue reading


Obamas Money Mountain

19 October 2008 12:40

Blimey: Obama's September fundraising explains why he's been able to outspend John McCain so widely: He raised over $150 million in September alone, adding 632,000 new donors. At some point… Continue reading

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An Alaska-Stockholm Summit?

17 October 2008 17:17

It's too late now, of course, but there's at least one head of state Sarah Palin has something in common with. King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden who has just… Continue reading


Kids These Days…

17 October 2008 15:09

Turbulent times in the Dreher household: Ramesh Ponnuru, seeing parents in his neighborhood encouraging their kids to be Obamatons, rightly says he doesn't get people who delight in politicizing their… Continue reading

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How it Works

17 October 2008 15:03

The government wants to crack down on smoking  – "denormalise" it is a favoured term – so it hands out cash to anti-smoking organisation such as ASH who use this… Continue reading


The Camera Never/Always Lies…

16 October 2008 15:32

Though publishing it does feel a bit like piling on, this picture – an actual, real, Reuters photograph – does sort of sum-up the campaign. Your suggestions for a caption… Continue reading


McCain-Obama 3

16 October 2008 15:28

Who won? Well the lads and lasses at Election Debates have a decisive, if split, decision: 5-2 to Obama. You can check out their adjudications here.


Department of Newspapers

16 October 2008 10:44

Tee hee: The journalistic industry is perilously close to collapse after running out of days in the week to dub ‘black’ in the event of dire economic news. Financial journalism… Continue reading


Live-blogging the Bluster at Hofstra

16 October 2008 0:25

So here we go again, campers. In just a few hours our long international nightmare will be over. Yup, there'll be no more Presidential debates to entertain us. John McCain… Continue reading


The Ground Game: The View From Ohio

15 October 2008 18:36

In 2004, George W Bush "won" the Ground Game. This time? Well, every indication is that Barack Obama has built a vastly more formidable organisation than John McCain. To help… Continue reading


Obama-McCain. Part 3.

15 October 2008 16:30

And so, weary campers, the end is in view. Tonight's debate is the third and final tussle between Messrs McCain and Obama. A victory on points won't help Mr McCain;… Continue reading

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Plucky Honduras!

15 October 2008 15:19

Meanwhile, there is good news from Latin America. Cato's Juan Carlos Hidalgo reports that the President of Honduras is the latest Latin American leader to call for an end to… Continue reading


Michael Gerson’s Wishful Thinking

15 October 2008 14:53

Michael Gerson today: Obama's current success is not enjoyable for conservatives. But this does not make McCain an incompetent. Maybe he is a great man running at the most difficult… Continue reading


Oh, Canada…

15 October 2008 10:47

I'd been meaning to blog about the Canadian elections but then realised that, dash it, despite Canada actually being an interesting place stocked with charming, affable people I really didn't… Continue reading

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42 Days: Jacqui Smith

14 October 2008 19:15

Here’s video of Jacqui Smith’s contemptible performance in the Commons last night. Basically, she says that if you don’t support giving the police carte blanche then you’re on the terrorists’… Continue reading

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42 Days: Gone But Not Dead

14 October 2008 18:57

Peers reject the notion that it's fine to lock people up for six weeks without even telling them why and how does the Home Secretary respond? Well, yet again, by… Continue reading


Lessons from a Tory Revival

14 October 2008 14:58

At Culture11 today, I've a piece offering, however impertinently, some advice to the Republican party.That is to say, I suggest five lessons they could learn from the Conservatives' revival in… Continue reading


Presidential Advertising 19

14 October 2008 13:11

A classic theme from Ronald Reagan in 1984. And, of course, an ad designed to drive trades union members into an apopleptic fit.


Apple Grumble

13 October 2008 21:16

Can anyone explain why Apple thinks it's fine* to charge one £800 for a new MacBook that arrives without a proper freakin' word processing programme? This seems to be a… Continue reading


Political Advertising 18

13 October 2008 20:07

Is this the most famous presidential ad of all? Perhaps! Anyway, we’re back in 1964 and LBJ wanrs that Barry Goldwater will end up incinerating your children. Tough stuff.

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Cricket and ASBOs

13 October 2008 18:33

Like Norm, I am entirely unsurprised by this: The Phrase "it's not cricket" is reverberating again around state school classrooms. Good old-fashioned cricketing values have prompted an improvement in behaviour… Continue reading


Hats off to Gordon Brown?

13 October 2008 17:48

Commenting on this post, a reader asks: What does this do to Gordon Brown's political future?  He sure looks like a world leader as the rest of the world falls… Continue reading


Photo of the Day

13 October 2008 17:18

Autumn. Mists and mellow fruitfulness and all that. The River Ettrick, as seen from the bridge at Selkirk.


They Haven’t Gone Away You Know

13 October 2008 16:02

The issue of whether the state can lock-you up indefinitely  for up to 42 days without even the courtesy of telling you why is back. Happily, the House of Lords… Continue reading