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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

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PMQs: 42 Days Edition

11 June 2008 14:42

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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