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


The curse of Liddle

23 October 2009 13:25

Ah, hell, it’s the curse of Liddle. No sooner have I sat down and written a stirring defence of the Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir, who had been vilified for… Continue reading


Malcom X’s dark secret

21 October 2009 11:42

Malcolm X, the black liberationist hero from that wonderful decade, the 1960s, was apparently bi-sexual – a fact never mentioned to the kiddies during Black History Month, according to the… Continue reading


Who cares about the BNP?

21 October 2009 11:01

Everyone, naturally, is all flustered and boggled by Nick Griffin’s appearance on Question Time tomorrow. This has occasioned near record-breaking amount hand-wringing even though the BNP are, whisper it, less… Continue reading


Now the Tories Need to Get Serious About Their Euro-Allies

21 October 2009 8:23

The Guardian splash today puts some serious meat on my story in last week’s Jewish Chronicle about growing US unhappiness about the Tories’ new friends in Europe. Jonathan Freedland adds… Continue reading


The GOP Declines to Rump Status

20 October 2009 17:08

The good news for the Republican party is that it can’t get much worse; the bad news is that it’s pretty bad already. As Rod Dreher points out, a new… Continue reading


Snooper Britain

20 October 2009 12:52

Many thanks to Iain Dale for digging up this Tory poster from 1929. Prescient and useful though it may be, I cannot share his confidence that the Conservatives will be… Continue reading


Labour’s stance on the BNP is morally and intellectually wrong

20 October 2009 10:05

It’s not just death and taxes you can depend upon – you can also be absolutely certain that the Labour Party will, at every opportunity, take precisely the wrong decision… Continue reading