The Hillbilly Vote

14 November 2008 2:53

The day after the Presidential election Matt Yglesias spotted this map that shows the counties across the country which swung towards John McCain this year. As you can see, there… Continue reading


Bush Saves Saakashvili…

13 November 2008 20:38

Well, sort of. According to this report from Charles Bremner in the Times: With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that… Continue reading


Choice is for me, not for thee

13 November 2008 18:46

Gabriel Sherman's written a very entertaining piece on the furious competition between Washington's elite private schools to enroll the Obama daughters next term. Enjoyable as it is, you may find… Continue reading


Four Characters in Search of an Author

13 November 2008 16:09

In his latest Life&Letters column for the Spectator, my father has some fun imagining how different novelists might have treated the Curious Affair of Mandelson, Osbourne, Deripaska and Rothschild. For… Continue reading

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The African (Beauty) Queen

13 November 2008 15:39

Oh dear. I been had. Then again, pretty much everyone else was fooled too. Remember the amusement – the frightening hilarity, you may say – occasioned by Sarah Palin's apparent… Continue reading


MPs to Media: You’re On Notice

13 November 2008 15:12

This week's (latest) head-in-hands, what-the-hell-is-going-on? moment comes courtesy of the Intelligence and Security Committee at Westminster. The Independent reports that: Britain's security agencies and police would be given unprecedented and… Continue reading


Charm City Cricket

13 November 2008 14:05

Accounts of cricket in the United States are always endearing, generally on account of the enthusiasm of the converts to the greatest game and the manner in which the poor… Continue reading

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An American PMQs?

13 November 2008 0:28

Peter Suderman endorses the idea that life in Washington would be considerably improved if the American president were subjected to some kind of equivalent of Prime Ministers' Question in the… Continue reading


Quote of the Day

12 November 2008 18:23

David Davis, in an interview with the New Statesman: "I mean you know what it's like, you've worked here, making a speech in the House of Commons is a very… Continue reading


Obama! The Opera!

12 November 2008 17:20

A friend emailed me this today. Some internet sleuthing tracked the original source to this forum. L’Obama, ossia L’Avvento del Messia Opera in Tre Atti Personaggi: Barracco Obama, Il Messia,… Continue reading


Obama and Iran

12 November 2008 16:32

Jonathan Freedland warns Guardian readers today that Obama is not a dove but, rather, a "smarter hawk". Fine. Here's how he summarises Obama's approach to Iran: The new disposition on… Continue reading


On Federalism and Subsidiarity

12 November 2008 16:03

John Schwenkler makes the case for modesty and humility in politics. That's to say, he'd like the United States to embrace federalism once again. As lont-time readers may recall, this… Continue reading


Newspapers and the Credit Crunch

12 November 2008 13:42

Some numbers that terrify anyone with any skin in the newspaper game, particularly in Scotland: Sales of the Sunday Herald are down 15% this year. More worrying still, if not… Continue reading


War and Memory

11 November 2008 12:48

"Take a trip through the British countryside and note the number of war memorials and be struck by the number of names on each of them. Once, these hamlets and… Continue reading


The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

11 November 2008 11:00

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the… Continue reading


Big Jacqui’s Just Looking Out For You

10 November 2008 14:35

All Home Secretaries are ghastly, of course. But Jacqui Smith may be an even greater nuisance than previous holders of the office. That's tough competition when you recall that the… Continue reading

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Further Adventures in Brave New Scotland

9 November 2008 18:36

Can this really be true? Why yes my friends it can. A teenager from Ayrshire who was caught posing with a sword on the social networking site Bebo has been… Continue reading


Is it ‘cos he is black?

9 November 2008 17:43

Like Clive Davis, I don't much mind that Peter Hitchens has some fun with the more extravagant claims being made for an Obama presidency. But then there's this: I was… Continue reading


The Verona Daily Mail

9 November 2008 10:20

Condensed Shakespeare: nation's tabloids report modern repeat of story of Romeo & Juliet under headline: KNIFE CRIME TOFF IN PAEDO SUICIDE PACT


Steampunk Newspapers?

8 November 2008 19:38

The future? If only… [Thanks, Megan]


Department of Bumper-Stickers

7 November 2008 19:15

With regard to the previous post, indefatigable commenter NDM has this to say: John Galt's The Member and The Radical, available in a handy combined edition from Canongate, are also… Continue reading


Tales from the House of Commons

7 November 2008 15:43

It's time for a new occasional series! I've been reading a collection of parliamentary sketches written by the Irish nationalist MP T.P O'Connor that chronicle the course of the Second… Continue reading


Glenrothes By-Election Stunner!

7 November 2008 0:10

It's all very well and good getting excited about the American elections. But let's face it, they were but the appetiser before today's Westminster by-election in Glenrothes. The Kingdom of… Continue reading


Bloggers & Ministers

6 November 2008 17:01

I'm glad Trixy reminded me about the startlingly daft speech Hazel Blears, the Communities Minister (whatever that means), gave to the Hansard Society the other day. Though the irrepressible Mrs… Continue reading


Obama’s Test

6 November 2008 14:12

Hope has a short half-life. Right now most of the world is simply happy to see an end to the Bush years. Even so, there's no denying that Obama generates… Continue reading