Lockerbie: Have Government Ministers Contradicted One Another?

7 September 2009 15:28

James says that the government is at odds with itself over the Megrahi Case. He cites these statements to support his argument that while either of these claims may be… Continue reading


The Keats of Cricket

7 September 2009 13:59

1st May 1930: Australian opening batsmen Bill Woodfull (1897 – 1965, left) and Archie Jackson (1909 – 1933) going out to bat against Worcester at Worcester. Photo: E. F. Corcoran/Topical… Continue reading


The Madness of Michael Moore

6 September 2009 23:25

Not, I suppose, terribly surprising that Michael Moore’s latest "documentary*" should receive an enthusiastic review from the Guardian, but even by Moore’s lofty standards this new venture sounds exceptionally stupid:… Continue reading


Lockerbie Fallout: A (Fake) American Backlash

6 September 2009 0:37

So, via Iain Dale, the News of the World has a story claiming that: Britain was facing the likelihood of an increased terror threat last night — after America’s CIA… Continue reading


Disappointment Deferred

5 September 2009 17:59

Scott Brown #6 of Scotland celebrates after scoring the opening goal, with team mates Kenny Miller and Darren Fletcher during the  2010 World Cup Qualifier match beteween Scotland and Macedonia… Continue reading


Saturday Afternoon Country: Iris DeMent

5 September 2009 13:04

Iris DeMent has only made four albums. And since the latest, 2004′s Lifeline, is a gospel record it’s fair to say that she ain’t on the trendy side of Nashville.… Continue reading


Now Reality Bites for Brown and Labour

4 September 2009 20:50

There was a fascinating piece from Martin Kettle in the Guardian today. The headline was slightly laboured but encapsulated the argument well: "An October revolt is plotted. Brown’s head is… Continue reading


Gordon Brown & The Smiths: Heaven Knows We’re All Miserable Now

3 September 2009 23:34

Here we go again, folks! It’s Plot Against Gordon time again. And so soon after the last one too! According to Martin Kettle, Labour’s conspirators are contemplating an October move… Continue reading


The Sun is Tasty, Venus is Very Green & Tom Cruise Was Japanese in a Former Life…

3 September 2009 22:32

I don’t know very much about Japan, but I hope we’ll hear more from Miyuki Hatoyama, the new Prime Minister’s wife. Japan’s new first lady is enlivening the nation’s grey-suited… Continue reading


A Nice Little War for Slow Learners: Is the Army Fit for Purpose?

3 September 2009 16:21

Most arguments about Afghanistan this summer quickly became another opporturnity to bash the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Defence. No surprise there and, of course, a good deal of… Continue reading


Lockerbie: Why Did the SNP Do It?

3 September 2009 15:11

Party discipline can be a troublesome thing. Especially when insisting upon it actually works against you. Yesterday’s votes in the Scottish parliament criticising Kenny MacAskill and the decision to release… Continue reading


Lock Up Your Children Before Obama Brainwashes Them…

3 September 2009 12:21

Golly. Looks like Barack Obama is taking his campaign of intimidation to a whole new level. In a recent interview with student reporter, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on… Continue reading


Lockerbie: What Would Cameron Have Done Differently?

3 September 2009 12:02

In the comments to this post, Iain Dale suggests I’m completely wrong to think that a Conservative government led by David Cameron would have been just as keen as Labour… Continue reading


What If Megrahi Didn’t Have Cancer?

2 September 2009 14:28

There’s still plenty, I’m afraid, that needs to be said about the decision to send the Lockerie bomber back to Libya. But, since many people think that there was a… Continue reading


10 Days Away and Libya Still on the Front Pages

2 September 2009 11:41

It’s not often that you take a holiday to return to the same story running nearly two weeks later. Just before I went away, I updated my Facebook page to… Continue reading


Does Donald Trump Need Your House?

2 September 2009 3:50

Well, if he thinks he does you should be afraid. This has nothing to do with the absurd "Donald" being American and everything to do with the looming reality that… Continue reading


Clausewitz on Cricket

2 September 2009 0:07

Further to this post, an occasional series exploring the relevance and application of Carl von Clausewitz’s On War to the game of cricket. In Chapter Nine of Book Six the… Continue reading


Lockerbie Letters: No Smoking Gun

1 September 2009 16:33

I know this won’t satisfy anyone who desperately wants there to have been a shady, grubby conspiracy but a quick perusal of the correspondence on the Lockerbie Affair published by… Continue reading


Is Saving Face the Real Afghanistan Strategy?

1 September 2009 13:44

Losing George Will on Afghanistan is not quite the same as losing Walter Cronkite on Vietnam. For one thing, Will’s column today, calling for the United States to withdraw most… Continue reading


Good News for Armenia! And Turkey!

31 August 2009 22:44

Turkey and Armenia are planning to establish diplomatic ties and open their shared border. There’s still a long way to go, of course, and it owuld be wise to remain… Continue reading


President Cheney

31 August 2009 17:54

Dick Cheney, surely now confirmed as the worst Vice-President in American history, produced a cracker, even by his miserable standards, during his interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace on Sunday. The… Continue reading


Megrahi Release Explained: He’s a Rangers Fan

31 August 2009 13:21

Roddy Forsyth deserves our congratulations for revealing this: One of the unforeseen consequences of Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi’s incarceration in Greenock Prison was that, by his own account, in whiling away… Continue reading


Torture: You Know It When You See It

31 August 2009 2:00

I watched Tunes of Glory again last night. It’s one of my favourite films*. During it, Basil Barrow, the newly-arrived Colonel of the battalion, played by John Mills, mentions his… Continue reading


Men of Harlech

30 August 2009 19:47

It’s a bank holiday weekend, so what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than by watching Zulu one more time? Granted, the movie is riddled with historical inaccuracies but… Continue reading



30 August 2009 12:15

Pete suggests there’s little more to say about the Sunday Times story on the UK government’s attitude towards the release of the Abdelbaset ali al-Megrahi. The suggestion given by the… Continue reading