Referendum Delayed: 2012 to be the new 2010?

2 November 2009 13:53

So, it seems that dreams of a referendum next year have been dashed. 2010, once the Year of the Referendum, will now be plebiscite-free. No referendum on the Lisbon Treaty… Continue reading


The Neather Brouhaha: A Correction

1 November 2009 21:21

So I was wrong. It was a mistake to suggest that the alleged Neather Plot – that is, the conspiracy to "swamp" Britain with Labour-voting imigrants – was the kind… Continue reading


To hell with Alan Johnson, the Tories are just as moronically authoritarian as Labour

1 November 2009 14:50

I don’t think that government ministers should necessarily listen to the advice they’re given by independent, expert authorities. That is, the government is and should be free to decide that,… Continue reading


Read Jeanie’s diary and reach for the gin

1 November 2009 13:35

Here’s where your money goes. Read it and seethe. Or maybe just sigh a little and fix yourself a stiff drink. I suppose you might hope that things will change,… Continue reading


According to Smith and McNulty, MPs, not taxpayers, are the victims of the expenses scandal

31 October 2009 13:11

You have to admire the magnificent, brazen, blank-faced nerve of Jacqui Smith – the former Home Secretary who could not be entirely sure where her home was. Appearing on Question… Continue reading


The Nonsensical Neather Plot

30 October 2009 1:27

Conspiracies are all the rage these days. And since this has turned into Immigration Week here one might as well address the Neather Brouhaha. This, British readers will need no… Continue reading


Playing Poker with Iran

29 October 2009 17:19

Robert Kagan worries that Barack Obama isn’t a strong enough poker player to beat Iran. This is probably not much of a surprise. But here’s how Kagan puts it: Many… Continue reading


Vietnam Watch: Ben Macintyre

29 October 2009 13:22

An occasional series deploring pundits’ determination to treat the curret Afghan campaign as though it were a replay of the Vietnam War. Today’s episode disappoints me since I have a… Continue reading


David Cameron’s Watford Playground Problem

28 October 2009 19:26

Brother Liddle is right to despair at the latest local government absurdity: banning parents from children’s playgrounds unless they’ve undergone a criminal background check to prove that they’re not paedophiles.… Continue reading


Let’s start a mass campaign of disobedience

28 October 2009 17:26

Try to take your child to a public playground in Watford and you will be denied entry on the grounds that you may well be a kiddie-fiddler. I don’t know… Continue reading


The Governator Strikes Back

28 October 2009 14:44

It’s been a while since we last checked in on Arnold Schwarzenegger and last time we looked California remained a basket-case (making it an awkward poster child for the Tories… Continue reading


One More Trip on the Immigration Merry-Go-Round

28 October 2009 3:42

This post on immigration prompted a pair of fine, Chestertonian (in the sense of we the quiet people of England stuff) responses to which I think it’s only proper that… Continue reading


In which, whisper it, I confess to feeling sorry for MPs

27 October 2009 23:41

So, the expenses scandal may finally be coming towards a close. We can only hope so. The leaks emanating from the Kelly report suggest that MPs will only be able… Continue reading


Afghanistan: A Modest Case for Dithering

27 October 2009 13:01

My old chum, and former boss, Iain Martin writes that time is, in fact, of the essence in Afghanistan and that Barack Obama needs to make a decision: We cannot… Continue reading


A Question of Numbers or of Kind?

27 October 2009 11:31

David Aaronovitch’s column in the Times today is excellent. Worthy of three cheers. I should say here that the ONS begins every such report with the explicit warning that its… Continue reading


Lessons from Reagan’s Generosity of Spirit

26 October 2009 23:17

I’ve often written that the modern Republican party’s obsession with Ronald Reagan obscures as much as it illuminates. The deification of the Gipper isn’t a great substitute for addressing the… Continue reading


Latest Defence Fiasco: I See No Ships

26 October 2009 12:52

There’s a decent discussion to be had on defence priorities and on the future of both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. Furthermore, you can argue about the… Continue reading


The roots of the EDL

26 October 2009 12:49

A few notes and observations on the English Defence League, which has gained a bit of prominence recently and is mentioned in Mel’s latest article in The Spectator. This is… Continue reading


My BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme on Secrecy

25 October 2009 21:32

Can secrets ever be good for you? I used to describe myself as a “free speech fundamentalist” and believed that there were almost no circumstances in which official secrets should… Continue reading


Yes, Let’s Talk About Immigration

25 October 2009 1:38

Of all the great mysteries of modern British politics the notion that no-one is permitted to talk about immigration must surely be one of the most remarkable. After all, as… Continue reading


Rory Stewart & Mr Micawber in Afghanistan

24 October 2009 12:58

From an interesting Jason Zengerle piece in the New Republic: And yet, for all his obvious ambition, Stewart believes the key to any successful U.S. policy in Afghanistan is modesty.… Continue reading


What BNP Bounce?

24 October 2009 12:33

Contra good Brother Hoskin, I’m not terribly troubled by this YouGov poll: The survey found that 22 per cent of voters would ‘seriously consider’ voting for the BNP in a… Continue reading


The Future of Policing

24 October 2009 9:31

PC Heckler and PC Koch prepare for life on the beat. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images. Let us concede that there may be problems in Brixton, Haringey and Tottenham that demand… Continue reading


Setting the Clocks Free

24 October 2009 9:10

Hardy Perennial Watch: Daylight Savings Time Edition. Yup, some things are certain and among them is the fuss over the ending of British Summer Time tonight. For years the North… Continue reading


How Question Time Became Important

23 October 2009 22:57

I can’t expect anyone to bother reading another piece about Question Time, but bear with me here. In the build-up to Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time, I was convinced… Continue reading