A Conspiracy Against the People?

11 March 2008 13:14

Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake on the worst bills passing through Congress Economic Stimulus Package: “Any time Republicans and Democrats can so easily agree on legislation as expensive as this, it’s… Continue reading


The B Team

9 March 2008 8:52

After the great success of the first installment of our alphabetical cricket teams, it’s only natural that we move on to, yes, The B Team. As always, have your say… Continue reading


Journalism 101

7 March 2008 14:32

When is "off the record" actually off the record? Dana Goldstein says "shame on The Scotsman" for publishing Samantha Power’s description of Hillary Clinton as "a monster". But this is… Continue reading


“Appalling people doing appalling things”

7 March 2008 13:59

Great column by Simon Jenkins in today’s Guardian. The celebration of the "Cheeky Brothers" Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley has been nauseating. Now the old brute has gone and good… Continue reading


Eating their own

7 March 2008 3:11

Good grief. Here’s Kevin Drum: Hillary said today that presidential candidates need to pass a "commander-in-chief threshold." And who’s done that? "I believe that I’ve done that," she said. "Certainly,… Continue reading


Maximum Wage? Not so much these days.

7 March 2008 2:35

Which footballer offers his club the best value-for-money? Easy. It’s Lionel Messi. Why? According to this Portuguese calculation he’s not one of the 50 best-paid footballers in the world. Lucky… Continue reading


We are most certainly amused

7 March 2008 1:35

If it weren’t for the redoubtable Mr Poulos I might have missed this, the best headline of the year. Congratulations to the Washington Post sub-editor who came up with it.


Hillary is “a monster”? What, like Freddie Krueger?

7 March 2008 1:22

Samantha Power is currently in the UK, promoting her new book. Somehow I don’t think this is quite the sort of message the Obama campaign is likely to find especially… Continue reading


Rational government?

6 March 2008 14:51

Like Robin Hanson, I meant to blog these words of wisdom from Will Wilkinson last week. I say, again and again, that it is an embarrassing non-sequitur to argue that… Continue reading


Hillary Clintons Duty to Quit

5 March 2008 20:25

The general view seems to be that Clinton needs to gain an edge in either the cumulative popular vote or, less probably, the pledged-delegate count if she is to have… Continue reading


Clinton and Katyn

5 March 2008 18:59

It’s an election,  of course, so no card must be left un-played. Nonetheless, there’s something a little unseemly about trying to exploit war crimes and massacres for personal, political gain.… Continue reading


The Limbaugh Effect

5 March 2008 17:13

Did Rush Limbaugh win Texas for Clinton? Dave Weigel crunches the numbers and finds that he quite possibly did. Hilarious.


Brown Opens Barnett’s Box?

5 March 2008 16:34

Grrrr. According to the Telegraph Gordon Brown has announced a review of the Barnett Formula. Fair enough. It was, after all, designed as a temporary measure, updating the 19th century… Continue reading

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The morning after

5 March 2008 15:48

So a good night for Hillary Clinton last night but a better one for John McCain. Here’s what Obama had to say this morning: "I hope people start asking is… Continue reading


Live-blogging Ohio, Texas and, er, Hamilton…

4 March 2008 21:18

The internet is all about niche, right? It’s clear to me that there’s an as yet unfilled opening for a blog that combines analysis of the latest shenanigans between Barack… Continue reading


Obama on trade: still not as grim as Clinton?

4 March 2008 18:23

More on trade. Jagdish Bhagwati says that Obama’s better  – or, rather "a less disturbing prospect" – on trade than Clinton. He gives five reasons: First, Mrs Clinton, in an… Continue reading


Oiks Welcome!

4 March 2008 15:22

Comments are good. It’s always nice to hear – and learn – from readers. So it was lovely to receive this comment from, appropriately, "Monoglot", on this post about Marion… Continue reading


Joke of the Day

4 March 2008 14:42

This could be the most risible thing one’s seen yet from this risible government: The Labour Party has accused the BBC of bias towards the Tories. An official complaint has… Continue reading


If you ain’t got family, what you got?

4 March 2008 6:10

Another sad tale of a writer essentially making up a memoir: In “Love and Consequences,” a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as… Continue reading


We already have the NHS, do we need a DHS too?

4 March 2008 0:22

Earlier this year Con Coughlin argued in The Spectator: Clearly there is a need for the government to get a firm grip on all the various security challenges that might… Continue reading


Photo of the Day

3 March 2008 23:07

Selkirk on the attack during Saturday’s tough 8-0 victory at Falkirk in the Scottish Cup. The club’s reward is a sixth round tie away to Haddington. (Away again!) (Photo credit:… Continue reading


Bushism of the Day

3 March 2008 22:08

George W Bush’s malapropisms aren’t really terribly interesting anymore. (And, to be fair to the President, he’s a much better speaker now than he was eight years ago.) Still, this… Continue reading


The Terrible Exchange Rate Gap…

3 March 2008 21:55

Larry Kudlow, who normally sees brilliance in every aspect of the Bush administration’s record, now sees only disaster. Here he is at The Corner: If Sen. John McCain wants to… Continue reading

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Doh is not a real word…

3 March 2008 20:02

But… The makers of Scrabble are going after the Indian boys responsible for the wondrous Scrabulous. What stupidity. Don’t they realise that Scrabulous has introduced the Facebook generation to the… Continue reading


More Canadian Bacon

3 March 2008 18:41

The Canadians say the Clinton campaign has also told them that her abysmal campaign rhetoric should not be taken too literally. One hopes that is the case. This leads Noam… Continue reading