A Parliament of Doctors

18 October 2009 14:47

So, it seems that if you want to win a primary contest in the modern Tory party it helps to be a GP. Having selected a local GP in Totnes… Continue reading


30 years of Viz

17 October 2009 11:43

I have actually cried with laughter six times in my life. Once, when I was 14, watching the famous “Germans” episode of Fawlty Towers; a few years later at the… Continue reading


Harriet now more dangerous for Gordon

16 October 2009 22:28

The once-daft (but now rather good) Labour List has a very interesting story about Harriet Harman. Apparently, she will tell Andrew Neil on this weekend’s BBC Straight Talk that she won’t… Continue reading


Barack Obama the Writer

16 October 2009 2:29

Robert Draper, chronicler of the Last Days of Bush, has another very interesting piece in GQ this month, this time looking at Barack Obama the writer and how the President’s… Continue reading


Monarchy is Better than a Republic, Part XIX

16 October 2009 0:20

At a town hall meeting in New Orleans yesterday, ABC News reports that: President Obama, like any other President, has his fair share of critics. Even fourth-graders have noticed. Why… Continue reading


Diego Maradona Lives to Fight Another Day

15 October 2009 16:25

Argentina’s coach Diego Maradona celebrates his team’s goal against Uruguay during their World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Argentina won 1-0 and qualified in fourth position for the World Cup. Photo:… Continue reading


The Generals & Their Plan of Attack

15 October 2009 13:52

Actually, the General Staff’s manoeuvres on Fleet Street have, alas, been rather more successful than their efforts in Basra and Helmand province. I commend*, therefore, Paul Robinson’s article in this… Continue reading


Why have a hissy fit over the BNP?

15 October 2009 12:17

People are getting themselves worked up into a terrible lather over the BNP’s appearance on BBC Question Time next week. Even in this neck of the woods, Melanie Phillips has… Continue reading


David Cameron, his Goats & his Pocket Boroughs

15 October 2009 2:05

The other day Pete mentioned David Cameron’s desire to bring in outsiders to staff his government ministries, making it a Tory version of Gordon’s so-called Government Of All the Talents.… Continue reading


Headline of the Day

14 October 2009 22:26

Courtesy of the Australian AP: PM eats biscuit, Twitters about it Good to know that Kevin Rudd enjoyed his visit to a bakery in South Australia. [Hat-tip: Toby Harnden, via… Continue reading


School Choice in a Single Sentence

14 October 2009 17:54

Matt Yglesias makes the point in splendid fashion: We should let a thousand flowers bloom and then kill 20-30 percent of them if they turn out to look ugly. Exactly.… Continue reading


Department of Equine Hyperbole

14 October 2009 16:54

Sea the Stars winning the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images. So long, then, Sea the Stars. A shame you won’t run as a four year old… Continue reading

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The scoundrel’s last refuge is to cry "racist"

14 October 2009 11:02

During the feisty game between Swindon and Millwall on Saturday, there was a bit of a bust up between Swindon’s Kevin Amankwaah and Millwall’s veteran striker, Neil “Bomber” Harris. I… Continue reading


Arabian Chutzpah

14 October 2009 5:27

No matter what you think of global warming, I think this qualifies as chutzpah: Saudi Arabia is trying to enlist other oil-producing countries to support a provocative idea: if wealthy… Continue reading


President David Petraeus?

14 October 2009 3:45

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images Until he gives a Shermanesque denial – and perhaps even that won’t be enough to silence the speculation – you can bet that there’ll be people… Continue reading


Carter-Ruck’s Own Goal

14 October 2009 1:21

I make no particular comment about this chatty stroll through the ways and means of getting an injunction, save to note that it was written by Nigel Tait, a partner… Continue reading


What Should We Do About Carter-Ruck?

13 October 2009 22:32

I am delighted to add my voice to those congratulating The Guardian’s David Leigh and parliament’s Paul Farrelly MP for fighting off lawyers Carter-Ruck over their absurd but spine-chilling injunction… Continue reading


A Good Day: Geert Wilders May Now Visit Britain

13 October 2009 16:30

Against all the odds, this is turning into a rare fine day. First the Guardian wins the Battle of Trafigura; now the courts have over-turned the order prohibiting Geert Wilders… Continue reading


British Press Banned from Reporting Parliament. Seriously.

12 October 2009 23:41

This time, perhaps even the lawyers have gone too far. It’s hard to recall, even in the long history of appalling gagging orders, a more disgraceful injunction than this: The… Continue reading


Whatever happened to duty, responsibility, thrift and local solidarity?

12 October 2009 15:17

I’ve been so tied up with my financial advisers, getting my bid together for the Dartford river crossing (my plan is to prevent people from Essex visiting Kent, because I… Continue reading


Is David Cameron going to be the last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?

12 October 2009 3:16

Could David Cameron be the last Prime Minister of the United Kingdom? Clearly we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, but… Some regular commenters will hope so since this would, depending… Continue reading


Why Fox-Hunting Matters

12 October 2009 0:04

Members of the Bicester and Whaddon Chase Hunt. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images. And so it begins. As a traditionalist when it comes to these matters, I think it best that… Continue reading


Sunday Evening Country: The Louvin Brothers

11 October 2009 17:48

Elvis Presley once said that the Louvin Brothers were his favourite country musicians. But he nver recorded one of their songs. Perhaps because, like almost everyone else who ever had… Continue reading


Welcome to the era of British Olympic domination

11 October 2009 12:21

It is wonderful news that both golf and rugby sevens have been accepted as Olympic sports. It gives us the chance of winning many more medals than if the games… Continue reading


Michal Kaminski: An Astonishing New Twist

11 October 2009 11:46

David Miliband has really gone for it in the Observer. Far from apologising for his Labour conference attacks on David Cameron’s right-wing alliance in the European parliament, he has suggested… Continue reading