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Smoking Gun: Katharine Goes to Hollywood

14 February 2009 22:46

It was great to hear Katharine Gun the GCHQ whistleblower on Saturday Live this morning talking about the morality of the leaker. I suppose the pretext was the banking crisis, but Katharine used the opportunity… Continue reading

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Geert Wilders is Not a Hero

13 February 2009 20:18

Several readers take me to task for not substantiating the suggestion that Geert Wilders is, as I put it, a "boor and a bigot". This, apparently, is a "shoddy tactic"… Continue reading

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Damian McBride weighs in over Brown’s ‘apology DVD’

13 February 2009 15:14

Funny what senior Downing St staff find time to do during the biggest economic crisis for 100 years. Here’s a charming text message I received from Damian McBride, former frontline… Continue reading

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Antiguan Debacle

13 February 2009 15:07

Just in case you had any doubts that cricket is the worst-run sport in the world, further proof comes from today’s farce in Antigua. Even by cricket’s lofty standards this… Continue reading

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Big Brother is Listening to You

13 February 2009 12:56

The sad thing is that you can no longer consider this sort of thing surprising: Security cameras have long been a fact of Scottish life, viewed with relief by many… Continue reading

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The Wilders Tale

13 February 2009 12:42

Peter is quite right. Both in his own analysis of the Geert Wilders fiasco and in recommending Philip Johnston’s excellent piece in the Telegraph. It’s worth remembering, reiterating even, that… Continue reading

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Cameroons vs Cameronians

13 February 2009 0:54

In his Prospect piece on "Red Toryism" (of which more later) Philip Blond refers to "Cameroonian conservatism" and he’s hardly alone in talking about "Cameroonianism" and the so-called "Cameroons" who… Continue reading

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Death of a Gadfly Playwright

12 February 2009 22:24

Hugh Leonard has died. His Telegraph obituary reeks of boozy afternoons in Dublin’s finest hostelries: Indeed, Leonard relished quarrels. "An Irish literary movement," he used to say, "is when two… Continue reading

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The Limits of Presidential Power

12 February 2009 20:34

Writing in the FT yesterday Martin Wolf observed: It is extraordinary that a popular new president, confronting a once-in-80-years’ economic crisis, has let Congress shape the outcome. Commenter IanC agrees… Continue reading

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Turning Mexico into a narco-state proves we’re winning!

12 February 2009 20:09

An update on this morning’s post on the Drug War. From the Wall Street Journal’s story on the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy’s report calling for a fresh… Continue reading

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Do the Downing St denials mean that Brown won’t apologise?

12 February 2009 17:37

I am finding the Downing St reaction to the story about officials asking for copies of Obama’s TV apologies rather mystifying. From their perspective, what’s so wrong with asking for… Continue reading

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Notes from a Parallel Universe

12 February 2009 16:59

Courtesy of Joe Klein: Karl Rove: House Republicans had the wisdom to continue to talk to the Obama White House. This made them look gracious, even as the president edged… Continue reading

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Solving the Ian Bell Question

12 February 2009 16:45

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only person who ever defends Ian Bell. Not that this will do him much good since it seems probable that he’ll be dropped for… Continue reading

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Downing Street denial

12 February 2009 15:28

Downing Street is categorically denying the Obama DVD story. Hmmm! I’ll check with my sources and get back to you.

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Nicolas and Carla

12 February 2009 14:45

This account of how Nicolas Sarkozy wooed Carla Bruni is both amusing and gruesome. For instance: “My reputation is no worse than yours,” he told her. “I know you well… Continue reading

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Drug War: Epic Fail

12 February 2009 14:28

Lots happening on the Drug War front. First, the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, headed by former Presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, issues a report confirming that… Continue reading

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Ask the artists

12 February 2009 12:33

Sadly I had to miss the Channel 4 political awards last night. But it was worth it to be at a reception at No 11 to celebrate young British artists… Continue reading

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Government by the Phone Book

12 February 2009 1:09

I confess I find this entertaining and reassuring in equal measure. A new Rasmussen Report in the United States finds that: Forty-four percent (44%) [of] voters also think a group… Continue reading

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McNulty survives the Newsnight ambush

11 February 2009 23:57

A great edition of Newsnight tonight, featuring an ambush of employment minister Tony McNulty in an empty, echoing Birmingham factory. McNulty had been characteristically honest by saying that things are… Continue reading

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GOP Deathwish

11 February 2009 19:22

Arlen Specter, the senior Senator from Pennsylvania, is no-one’s idea of a rock-ribbed Republican. But even though he voted for the recent stimulus package, he is a Republican. It’s a… Continue reading

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The PR Problem

11 February 2009 16:16

Reacting to the Israeli election result, Patrick Hennessy plays out a scenario in which Britain adopted the Israeli electoral system. He suggests it would all end badly and that the… Continue reading

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Why select committees matter

11 February 2009 15:49

I take my hat off to the Treasury select committee for the spectacle of the hearings on the banking crisis. This is more theatre than genuine scrutiny - but without real powers… Continue reading

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The crisis of investigative reporting

11 February 2009 13:32

I caught Walter Isaacson on the Daily Show last night (video here) talking about the future of newspapers and it was pretty scary. Isaacson has written a long piece for Time… Continue reading

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Yay Canada!

11 February 2009 13:24

Poor Canada; forever ignored and when it’s not ignored forever patronised. Except when the Quebeckers become fractious, Canadian politics and life barely merits a mention in either the British or… Continue reading

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Gordon’s Apology?

11 February 2009 1:58

Photo: Peter Nicholls/WPA Pool/Getty Images This item from Martin Bright (Welcome, Comrade!) risks leaving one speechless: Now word reaches The Bright Stuff that the man who has never knowingly apologised… Continue reading

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