The Most Over-Rated US Presidents

12 May 2008 19:27

Here’s the core finding of our quest to discover the Most Over-Rated and Most Under-Rated Presidents in US history: history has pegged Herbert Hoover absolutely right. Hoover was the only… Continue reading


Hillary: Situation excellent, I shall attack

12 May 2008 16:55

The question itching le tout Washington is simple: why won’t Hillary Clinton do the decent thing and quit? Well, my friend Mike Crowley has a grand piece in the latest… Continue reading

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When the ASBO generation go to chokey, do they get to keep their hooded robes?

12 May 2008 13:54

Elsewhere in Britain, it’s good to see a much-hounded, misunderstood minority finally getting their due: Hundreds of Pagan worshippers locked up in British jails have been given the right to… Continue reading


The Brown Chronicles: The Laughing Stock Years

12 May 2008 13:14

Memo to Gordon Brown. This sot of caper explains why people are beginning to think you are in fact a fool: Gordon Brown will not receive the Dalai Lama in… Continue reading


A New Kind of Campaign?

11 May 2008 19:18

From the New York Times today: In a sign of what could be an extremely unusual fall campaign, the two sides said Saturday that they would be open to holding joint… Continue reading


Stick a Fork in Brown…

11 May 2008 18:34

More and more, it seems that Gordon Brown’s government becomes eerily reminiscent of John Major’s hapless ministry. Each day brings a fresh wave of damaging stories that sink the government… Continue reading


Irn Bru For Me And You

11 May 2008 13:57

Irn Bru – the fabled amber nectar of the glens, the monarch of the fizzy pop world – has always been distinguished by the quality of its advertisements. Happily, this… Continue reading


The Most Preposterous Thing I’ve Read All Week…

11 May 2008 13:36

And amazingly, it has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. No, it’s Rangers’ Christian Dailly who, having seen the referee keep the Ibrox club’s SPL title ambitions alive yesterday had… Continue reading


A Tartan Army Polka

10 May 2008 11:49

Ah, apparently we’re supporting Poland this summer. Good to get that decided early. AFTER 10 years of being unable to cheer on their favourites at the finals of a big… Continue reading


Not too late to make your vote count…

9 May 2008 16:43

Voting continues in our exciting quest to determine the most over-rated and under-rated Presidents in American history. But don’t fret, it’s not too late to cast your ballot before the… Continue reading


Souterville on the hill…

8 May 2008 19:44

Special to Souter-born, Phoenix-residing reader MG, here’s a photograph of Selkirk, taken from the hill above my parents’ house:


Westminster Moves in for the Kill

8 May 2008 14:53

At the weekend a friend observed that Gordon Brown isn’t the man my pal had thought he was. In unison two other friends chirped up: "but he’s exactly the man… Continue reading

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Et in Purgatorio ego?

8 May 2008 12:29

Thanks to Ross Douthat for alerting me to this trailer for the forthcoming movie of Brideshead Revisited: As Ross says, this may not bear much resemblance to the novel you… Continue reading

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Referenda Agenda

8 May 2008 11:50

Steve Richards in the Independent today: I wonder still if the referendum will ever be held in Scotland. Precedent suggests something or other will get in the way. What a… Continue reading

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McCain’s Coming Media Hurricane?

8 May 2008 0:22

At TAPPED Paul Waldman hails this Arizona Republic piece questioning MCain’s "maverick" credentials and then asks: One thing I’ve noticed lately is that there are a bunch of Chicago reporters… Continue reading

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Who Governs Scotland?

7 May 2008 23:06

Not to harp on about this too much, but this item from Benedict Brogan’s (excellent) blog deserves a response: About 10 years ago a friend and I were discussing Scotland… Continue reading


Those Unemotional Italians…

7 May 2008 18:51

Milan beat Inter 2-1* and, well, just watch the rest of it yourself. Great stuff. Thank you to Tiziano Crudeli… Milan 2-1 Inter commentaire Italienby t_m Hat-tip: Andrew and Rizzo… Continue reading

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How did she manage to ignore “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”?

7 May 2008 18:44

Good lord. Thanks (er, I think) to Kevin Drum for pointing me to today’s Maureen Dowd column. It is, as they say, a doozy. Even though people at diners kept… Continue reading


Gordon’s Folly Compounds Wendy’s

7 May 2008 18:25

Silly me for daring to presume anything competent could emerge from Downing Street these days. And, yes, it was reckless to suppose that the Prime Minister might acknowledge that the… Continue reading


Taxing Questions

7 May 2008 13:06

From the Adam Smith Institute: Once again, Ireland seems to be the destination of choice for companies driven out of the UK by high taxes. Last week, reports Dominic White,… Continue reading


Wendy’s Referendum Problem

7 May 2008 11:42

A reader has chided me for failing to publish more political comment lately. But what more – despite the acres of newsprint devoted to the matter – has there been… Continue reading

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Like MTV but with music you enjoy

6 May 2008 23:42

Speaking of country music, I’m going to guess that this is the sort of thing that’s not news to anyone but me. But did you know that you can create… Continue reading


What price books?

6 May 2008 16:57

Megan hails Amazon’s e-reader, the Kindle* and makes a pretty persuasive case. But what happens when you lose or break your Kindle? Does that mean you’ve lost your library too?… Continue reading

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Why blog?

6 May 2008 16:25

A friend asked me that question this weekend. There are, of course, plenty of answers to that, but this screen shot showing the location of recent visitors to this blog… Continue reading


Department of Britishness

6 May 2008 15:44

When I lived in Washington, I sometimes forgot that one of the things I missed about Britain was actually the weather. Sure, there’d be glorious spring and fall days in… Continue reading