The DUP’s Calculation

11 June 2008 18:12

MPs are voting on 42 Days now. I only watched the last part of the debate and am biased in favour of the opposition but even so, the weakness of… Continue reading


PMQs: 42 Days Edition

11 June 2008 14:42

Here’s Cameron vs Brown at Prime Minister’s Questions today.


Brown’s Pointless Victory

11 June 2008 12:59

It's a measure of Gordon Brown's weakness that he's come so close to losing the vote on 42 Days. But, as Ben Brogan reports, he's done it: The DUP are… Continue reading

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Malachi Malagrowther Smiles

11 June 2008 8:27

Scottish banknotes are saved. Hurrah!

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Department of Why On Earth Would You Do That?

11 June 2008 1:20

Astonishingly, Barack Obama returns Scarlett Johansson's emails. Equally charmingly, Miss Johansson professes herself surprised by this: “You’d imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly traveling and constantly ‘on’… Continue reading


Snuff Moves

11 June 2008 0:57

My old friend Gerald Warner has, I'm glad to discover, a blog at the Telegraph entitled Is It Just Me? (sometimes, yes, Gerald, I'm afraid it is…). In his most… Continue reading

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42 Days: The View from Scotland

10 June 2008 17:39

A heartening, very interesting – and highly unusual – intervention by the Lord Advocate: Scotland's top prosecutor has said the case has not been made for extending the length of… Continue reading

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Department of Advertising

10 June 2008 15:09

Shamefully, I don't think I'd heard of Billy Beer until Mike Crowley posted this fantastic advertisement at The Stump. I mean, what better slogan could there be? Could an reader… Continue reading


A Manifesto I Can Sign!

9 June 2008 19:40

In broad terms I agree with Will Wilkinson here: Should you be a state-smashing radical or a milquetoast piecemealer? I don’t know. The debate over reformism versus radicalism is never-ending.… Continue reading

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Obama: Better than a Mere Messiah

9 June 2008 15:37

A friend in San Francisco sent me an article that, I suspect, has to be the best thing written about Barack Obama yet. Mark Morford, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist… Continue reading

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No Country for Young Men (or Women)

9 June 2008 15:16

Scotland on Sunday's splash yesterday highlighted a report to the UN written by from the country's Children's Commissioner which presents a ghastly, even dystopian vision of Scotland as being, it… Continue reading

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When a wink is better than a policy proposal.

9 June 2008 14:58

What accounts for John McCain's popularity? By which I mean, of course, his popularity amongst the press and television pundit class. After all, by some conventional measures, McCain is a… Continue reading


Adopting Mencken’s Definition of Democracy

8 June 2008 13:30

The government's proposals for incarcerating suspects for up to 42 days before being required, however inconveniently, to produce a charge are, naturally, appalling. How can you be so sure? Well,… Continue reading

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Annals of Punditry

7 June 2008 13:10

Euro 2008 starts today and happily we're spared the agony of watching Scotland play. The BBC are doing their best to persuade us that even a tournament "without England" might… Continue reading


Former PM Offers Sanity (Obviously it ain’t ACL Blair)

7 June 2008 12:30

I suspect that MPs are sufficiently craven – and willing to put the government's political prospects ahead of any petty concerns about principle or, god help us, justice – that… Continue reading


Question of the Day

6 June 2008 19:12

Is the Scottish Parliament building more of  "a poured-concrete Vogon love poem" than Boston's city hall?


The Trials of Guantanamo

6 June 2008 17:56

From a WaPo dispatch from the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed: Mohammed appeared to have equal disdain for the process, but he only briefly mentioned his "torturing" at the hands… Continue reading


O tempora, o mores!

6 June 2008 15:46

Guardianista logic: I like classics I think classics should be promoted Boris Johnson promotes the classics Boris Johnson is a toff Boris Johnson is therefore damaging the classics The classics… Continue reading


Department of Parochialism

6 June 2008 12:55

Headline of the Day: The Bronx is More Than Just Yankee Stadium Who knew? No surprise there. Except that the newspaper running this story in its travel section is… The… Continue reading


Bring Me the Head of…Michael Ballack

6 June 2008 12:05

Even I, a fan of robust tabloid journalism, have to wonder if this might be going just a little bit far… The Guardian reports: Poland's national football coach apologised yesterday… Continue reading


Democratic Mix

5 June 2008 20:00

Megan asks for suggestions for a tribute tape to the late and lamented Democratic primary race. A quick glance at my iPod suggests these tunes… "Waiting for the Great Leap… Continue reading


Question of the Day

5 June 2008 19:07

Courtesy of Charles Moore in The Spectator: On the Tube recently, I saw advertisements for mass meetings to hear ‘one of India’s most highly regarded living Saints’. Is there a… Continue reading


What do they know of cricket who only play it well?

5 June 2008 17:44

It is not, right now, saying much to observe that Kevin Pietersen is England's best batsman. His century against New Zealand today has not been the stuff of legends but… Continue reading


Not up to the job

5 June 2008 17:10

Even the Cabinet is demob happy… Adam Bouton reports: I was taken aback this week to hear that one senior member of the Cabinet is cheerfully telling colleagues that he… Continue reading


The Madness of Crowds

5 June 2008 15:53

Recalling the weirdness of the Ron Paul Revolution, Julian Sanchez risks a peek at Hillary's equally delusional supporters and sagely concludes that all this: should be at least a little… Continue reading