Barclays vs RBS: A Tale of Luck and Greed

5 April 2009 17:32

At the end of the Peter Oborne column James linked to yesterday, Peter writes: I believe that one genuine hero has emerged from the collapse of the British banking system.… Continue reading


The Lost Generation

4 April 2009 22:50

I always get it in the neck here when I quote Polly Toynbee. But maybe I will get away with quoting her quoting Professor Danny Blanchflower, who, like me, is warning against… Continue reading


The Darling Buds of April

4 April 2009 22:41

I have stolen the headline to this post from a breakfast discussion held by "reputation management firm" Fishburn Hedges, where I was a guest speaker this week. Me and my fellow… Continue reading


A song for the weekend

4 April 2009 1:24

The super-talented Lisa Hannigan and her band gather in Dick Mac’s pub in Dingle, Co Kerry for a charming wee session that is just the ticket for a lovely spring… Continue reading


RBS: All fur coat and no knickers

3 April 2009 14:15

Such is the disrepute into which Scotland’s once all-conquering bankers have fallen that the favoured put down at Edinburgh dinner parties these days is "My husband pays your husband’s salary".… Continue reading


Boris Just Doesn’t Get It

2 April 2009 23:25

When I began making my film about Ken Livingstone last year it became clear pretty quickly that there were serious issues around the accountability of the Mayor of London. To… Continue reading


Gordon Brings the International Stage to London

2 April 2009 23:02

At the height of the internal Labour Party coup against Gordon Brown just before the last Labour Party conference even the Prime Minister’s greatest detratctors agreed that he did the… Continue reading


G20 Photo of the Day

2 April 2009 21:35

Photo: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images Say what one will about Gordon Brown, at least the United Kingdom wasn’t represented by this clown*. *That would be Silvio Berlusconi, silly.


An Irish Brigadoon

2 April 2009 17:05

Jaysus lads, Henry Farrell is correct to observe that this New York Times piece seems to have been inspired by Myles na Gopaleen’s great Catechism of Cliche. It’s all there:… Continue reading


The Last and Best Word on Obama’s Presents

2 April 2009 15:56

Comes, via a Facebook note, from Crooked Timber’s Kieran Healy: Another breach of etiquette. A moment’s thought would tell you that the Queen can only own a wePod.


Deterring or Living With Iran?

2 April 2009 14:51

Ross Douthat suggests that rather than look to US-Soviet relations, it might be more useful to recall how the world was terrified by the prospect of a nuclear China in… Continue reading


The Colour of Newsprint

2 April 2009 13:57

Jack Shafer  – entertaining as ever – mounts a spirited defence of yellow journalism: "Being rambunctious to the extreme, yellow journalism is misunderstood. At its best, yellow journalism was terrific,… Continue reading


World’s Worst Bankers Elimination Match

1 April 2009 18:00

So, Scotland host Iceland tonight in the latest "crucial" World Cup qualifier. The loser will have almost no chance of making it to South Africa so tonight’s tussle is effectively… Continue reading


Nick Cohen, George Orwell and Me

31 March 2009 23:09

I can’t stay silent on the issue of Nick Cohen’s intervention at the Orwell Prize shotlisting event earlier this week. But I can’t really say too much either as Nick,… Continue reading


Time Changes Everything

31 March 2009 22:45

It wasn’t so long ago that senior Labour politicians were suggesting that Gordon Brown should use the coup of the G20/Obama visit to bounce straight into an election. It seems… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Recipe for Disaster

31 March 2009 20:22

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has a very interesting interview with Benjamin Netanyahu which includes this passage: Netanyahu offered Iran’s behavior during its eight-year war with Iraq as proof of Tehran’s… Continue reading


Department of Fast Food

31 March 2009 18:28

Andrew Stuttaford, exiled in New York, thinks the creation – and about time too – of the kebab-flavoured* Pot Noodle demonstrates that there’s hope yet for the Old Country. He… Continue reading


Jacqui Smith Must Stay!

31 March 2009 17:31

Over at the Motherblog, Peter writes that Gordon Brown is being damaged by, inter alia, the continuing brouhaha over Jacqui Smith and her expense claims.  A revealing PoliticsHome poll, released… Continue reading


Bombing Iran is Good for the Iranian Soul. Apparently.

31 March 2009 13:04

Elliot Abrams, veteran warmonger and neoconservative, reminds us that while there are always those who find themselves fighting the last war there are also those who forget that the last… Continue reading


A Vision of the Future

31 March 2009 8:24

A lot of us have been wondering what Westminster might be like under the Tories. What, for instance, would the parliamentary press lobby look like under a Cameron government? A return to… Continue reading


If I am corrupt, it’s because I take care of my district…

31 March 2009 1:28

Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images There are those who say that John Murtha’s mastery of the federal budget process has made the slab-faced Pennsylvania Democrat the posterboy for the need to… Continue reading


Department of Crime

31 March 2009 0:46

How to commit what would seem to be close to a "perfect" crime? Step a) Make Sure you’re in Germany. Step b) Make sure you have an identical twin. From… Continue reading


New American Leadership, Same American Leadership Style: Do As You Are Told.

30 March 2009 17:35

Times change, of course. It wasn’t so long ago that the American left wondered why Democrats in Congress couldn’t "stand up" to the Bush administration in the way that, say,… Continue reading


Forgetting the Armenians, 2009 Edition

30 March 2009 16:42

At the New Republic Mike Crowley picks up where this post left off and lays-out the familiar arguments on US recognition of the Armenian genocide. It’s tough for the Armenians:… Continue reading


All the News that’s Fun to Print

30 March 2009 15:22

At the Washington Independent Dave Weigel – Delaware’s finest* – has an entertaining piece on some of the differences between the British and American attitudes to journalism. The occasion for… Continue reading