David Frum vs Talk Radio

5 March 2009 18:14

David Frum called in to Mark Levin’s radio show the other day to respond to, inter alia, "debate" the suggestion that Rush Limbaugh does not represent a profitable future for… Continue reading


Buckley and Limbaugh: Contrasting Conservatisms

5 March 2009 1:42

Ross Douthat is obviously (well, it’s obvious to me) right to think that Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer and not someone who ought to be considered a spokesman for the… Continue reading


The Next Labour Manifesto

5 March 2009 0:14

Taking a cue from Vogue and other glossy mags, the New Statesman has decided to liven things up attract some publicity by inviting a celebrity to be "Guest Editor" for… Continue reading


Hollywood Beckons

4 March 2009 22:04

You will all be delighted to hear that today I finally signed away the rights to my life story. Stop laughing at the back! Longstanding followers of The Bright Stuff will… Continue reading


Why waiting for Obama to fail is not enough

4 March 2009 20:55

Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, says everyone should calm down and have a cup of tea: Barack Obama and the Democrats have the initiative. Until such time as their… Continue reading


The Problem of Being Like Scotland

4 March 2009 19:13

One of the problems with nationalism is that it craves attention. The Scottish variety is no exception. Thus, for instance, the normally sensisible SNP Tactical Voting asks: One day we… Continue reading


The Ulster-Scots Style

4 March 2009 1:51

Line of the day comes from David McNarry, an Ulster Unionist member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, looking forward (or not) to an entry to the Belfast Film Festival: "Porn… Continue reading


Conrad Black and Paul Pennyfeather

4 March 2009 1:39

Conrad Black, late of this parish of course, describes his daily routine after his first year in prison: I get up just after 7 except on the weekends and holidays… Continue reading


Obama to World: Drop Dead!

3 March 2009 17:35

The White House could easily have granted the press conference Gordon Brown so clearly craved. Though there was something a little craven, a touch humiliating about much of the build-up… Continue reading


Blogging the Stimulus

3 March 2009 14:08

Steve Coll, late of the Washington Post and now ensconsed at the New Yorker and the New America Foundation, is a brave, brave man. He’s actually going to read the… Continue reading


Fear and Loathing at the Heart of Government

3 March 2009 10:16

There’s some really fascinating stuff knocking around today. Rachel Sylvester’s column in The Times is really quite extraordinary. She claims that in a conference call with Peter Mandelson and Ed… Continue reading


Pakistan Edges Closer to the Abyss

3 March 2009 8:15

Sometimes it’s the seemingly minor events – minor, that is, in the grand scheme of matters, not necessarily small or insignificant at the moment they occur – that can carry… Continue reading


Mr Brown’s Trip to Washington

3 March 2009 4:43

Poor Gordon Brown. Yes, really. The expectations for his visit to Washington this week could not have been framed more unkindly. It’s as though the Prime Minister has been set… Continue reading


Pollsters Go To War

3 March 2009 2:00

I sometimes wonder about pollsters and political consultants. That is, I wonder if they are rather like the financial Masters of the Universe whose mastery turns out, it seems, to… Continue reading

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Convention on Modern Liberty

2 March 2009 23:57

I was really sorry not to get along to the Convention on Modern Liberty at the weekend. I think this is an important development on the political landscape and I… Continue reading


The Party of Limbaugh

2 March 2009 18:16

There’s a reason Rahm Emanuel is happy to agree with Rush Limbaugh’s assertion that he, the Great Rushbo, is the de facto leader of the Republican opposition: Limbaugh turns off… Continue reading


The View from Inside the Cocoon

2 March 2009 15:34

It can be dangerous to be more catholic than the Pope. That was my immediate reaction to John O’Sullivan’s piece on David Cameron in the latest issue of National Review.… Continue reading


Harman’s Outrage: Day 2

2 March 2009 13:12

Harriet Harman’s proposal for legislation designed to target a single person – Sir Fred Goodwin – who, whatever his other failings, has not yet been charged wth any crime, seem… Continue reading


Harman’s Law: Laws Don’t Count

1 March 2009 14:50

Peter may well be right to argue that it’s hard to see how Gordon Brown can sack Harriet Harman. But let’s just say that she’s not really helping the government… Continue reading


Gordon Brown’s Legacy Revisted

1 March 2009 10:08

No one outside Downing Street can imagine how tense it must be getting in the bunker as the economic situation worsens and the period Gordon Brown has to turn things around… Continue reading


Scrummaging for Jesus

28 February 2009 11:27

Another Saturday, another trip to Murrayfield. Frank Hadden is not a lucky coach; the Scotland front five was supposed to be the team’s strength but Nathan Hines will miss the… Continue reading


The Stupidest Man on Television

27 February 2009 23:05

Competition is pretty tough, but Fox’s Glenn Beck may actually be too dumb for cable news. And if Beck is a libertarian, I’m an Eskimo. [Hat-tip: Radley Balko]


Co-operative Capitalism: The Mother of Invention

27 February 2009 22:27

I was interested to read Noreena’s Hertz’s take on "Co-Op Capitalism" in The Times. If what she calls "Gucci Capitalism" is going the way of the command economy then what will… Continue reading


The Oxbridge Elitism Debate: Lynne Featherstone Intervenes

27 February 2009 17:53

I always worry about attacks on the so-called elitism of our top universities. It strikes me that academic excellence must always be the "sine qua non" of access to the… Continue reading


In praise of… Ryanair

27 February 2009 16:05

Everyone is supposed to hate Ryanair, right? It’s the compay that takes the frills out of no-frills and that, increasingly, seems to relish treating its customers with a degree of… Continue reading