Jeremiah Wright & Ken Mehlman

19 March 2008 15:11

Impolitic though it is to say, I’d suggest that the idea that a) the United States government created the AIDS virus and unleashed it upon the African-American community is no… Continue reading


Obama’s speech

18 March 2008 19:24

Barack Obama’s speech today on race and America should, if there’s any justice, seal the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. It is a remarkable, subtle, nuanced discussion of how and why… Continue reading

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McCartney DivorceSettlement

17 March 2008 19:55

Danny Finkelstein: Please accept that what I am about to write I do as someone who is a. A big fan of Paul McCartney and b. Entirely ignorant of divorce… Continue reading


Quote of the Day

17 March 2008 15:24

From Alasdair Reid’s inquest into Saturday’s Roman debacle: Rome is not exactly short of statues, but they could raise another one this morning to Dan Parks, the Scotland fly-half, whose… Continue reading


Legislation is the Real Enemy of the People

17 March 2008 14:58

There’s no stopping this blogging thing. The latest citadel to fall is, of all places, the dear old House of Lords. Hence Lords of the Blog which officially launched today.… Continue reading


Department of Prissyness

17 March 2008 14:02

Ezra says this New York Post headline – ‘Whore-ible Ordeal: Dad – demonstrates that – shockingly! – the NYP "isn’t a very classy newspaper". And thank god for that. There… Continue reading


Wherever the Green is Worn

17 March 2008 5:35

The ten worst Irish accents in cinema history? Check ‘em out here. Amazingly, Tom Cruise doesn’t take the top spot… So, yeah, Happy St Patrick’s Day. Time then, to dust… Continue reading


The Cheney School of Parenting

17 March 2008 1:59

Harlan Coben takes to the op-ed pages of The New York Times to recommend parents install spyware on their kids’ computers. Make no mistake: If you put spyware on your… Continue reading


Constantine’s XI

16 March 2008 23:10

You didn’t think I’d forgotten did you? After Armstrong and Benaud we come, logically enough, to Chappell Constantine. [Updated after much dithering. To hell with  it, however, romance demands that… Continue reading


Presumption of Innocence? You’re Having a Laugh Mate…

16 March 2008 14:24

The most dismal aspect of this, shall we say, innovative proposal is that it is not in the least bit surprising. Equally, one ought not to be astonished when politicians… Continue reading


Dick Holbrooke as Captain America?

16 March 2008 13:32

Dan Drezner’s at a high-powered conference in Brussels from where he relates this interesting tidbit concerning Richard Holbrooke: I have it on good authority that, not only does the former… Continue reading


“The bonhomie of a high-school health teacher”

16 March 2008 11:38

Brilliant Ryan Lizza piece on Hillary in this week’s New Yorker. Key paragraph: Unlike Hubert Humphrey, Al Smith, or even her husband, Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail has never… Continue reading

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It’s his world, we just suffer in it

15 March 2008 20:31

LOL-Cats are so yesterday. The new sensation sweeping the British blogosphere is the LOL-Blair. No wonder, given the former Prime Minister’s modest ambitions: After accepting a job as Middle East… Continue reading

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Department of Appropriateness

15 March 2008 19:35

From James Fallows’ Tibet-blogging: CCTV coverage (that’s state-run China Central TV) Lots more interesting stuff here and here.


Bah humbug

15 March 2008 18:59

Italy 23 Scotland 20 England 33 Ireland 10 Wales 29 France 12 What an utterly lousy afternoon. Six hours of TV, three games of rugby and scarcely an encouraging moment… Continue reading



15 March 2008 12:30

Highly entertaining developments from our old pals at Daily Kos. Seems the Clintonites are taking their ball home and boycotting the site. What larks! DailyKos is not the site it… Continue reading


Hillary and Rwanda: A Study in Cynicism

15 March 2008 10:38

Annoyed though I am by Hillary’s claim to have solved the Irish Question, it’s nothing compared to her – how to put it? – revisionist claims about the Rwandan genocide.… Continue reading


The First Global Political “Reality” TV Show

14 March 2008 16:44

The Politico’s Ben Smith is an excellent reporter and blogger. Which makes this post rather rum: The global interest in the Clinton-Obama contest is really quite amazing. Marc Ambinder finds… Continue reading

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: SNP Sympathiser or Labour Agent?

14 March 2008 15:04

Crivvens. Whatever next? An apology for 1978? IRAN sought to ally itself with Scotland last night, praising Alex Salmond’s administration for its anti-war stance and suggesting Tehran has more in… Continue reading

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Mamet reads Friedman: Obviously Can’t Write Anymore

14 March 2008 14:16

Marvellous stuff – to the point of self-parody- from the Guardian’s Michael Billington: I am depressed to read that David Mamet has swung to the right. In an essay for… Continue reading


If Holland is being “Islamicised” how can this happen?

14 March 2008 13:24

Lisa Schiffren at National Review: The famously tolerant Dutch, whose nation has the highest emigration of any European country as the native born flee the effects of multi-culturalism, Islamisation, and… Continue reading


Is Boris Johnson the Tory Party’s George W Bush?

14 March 2008 12:31

Ordinarily the useful rule is that the answer to any question asked in a headline is a resounding "No". ("Can Illegal Immigrant’s Guinea Pigs Give You Cancer?" or "Was Princess… Continue reading


Shamrockery: Hillary’s Travesty

14 March 2008 12:03

Lord knows there are plenty of reasons to be appalled by Hillary Clinton, but her claim to have been "instrumental" (I kid you not) in bringing "peace" to Northern Ireland… Continue reading


Bad Korma*…

13 March 2008 19:38

There’s plenty of scaremongering about immigration these days but, even allowing for a proper degree of skepticism, this constitutes a clear and present danger to our way of life: The… Continue reading

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The Foreign Journalist’s Path to Enlightenment

13 March 2008 18:25

As we all know, Americans’ love affairs with God and guns baffle foreigners. In that respect this Reuters story is obviously not aimed at the wires’ US clients. It’s meant… Continue reading

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