Department of Common-Sense

25 April 2008 18:31

Sometimes the news isn’t terrible: A doctor caught with 14 ecstasy tablets at a music festival has been allowed to keep his licence to practise. A General Medical Council panel… Continue reading



24 April 2008 13:53

Actually, in the circumstances Gordon Brown may have done about as well as he could have at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. But still, as this edited footage demonstrates, Brown was… Continue reading

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Argentina Shock: Good News!

24 April 2008 13:03

Argentina is one of my favourite countries, so it’s especially pleasing to note that, for once, there’s some happy news from that melancholy land. Cato’s Juan Carlos Hidalgo reports that… Continue reading


Waffling in Pennsylvania and in Print

24 April 2008 0:41

On the other hand, PJ O’Rourke isn’t the only one to have lost it. Consider, for instance, Maureen Dowd’s latest column: Is he [Obama]skittish around her [Clinton] because he knows… Continue reading

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Republican Party Busboy

24 April 2008 0:10

Um, whatever happened to PJ O’Rourke? Once upon a time he was funny, even deliciously so. Of course it’s harder for a humourist to shine when his side is in… Continue reading


Cry Heffer for England and St George…

23 April 2008 17:57

Happy St George’s day, English readers. To mark the occasion, the Telegraph offers us Simon Heffer, the would-be John Wilkes of our times, to declare the Union "as good as… Continue reading

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Public to Hillary and Barack: Put Us Out of Our Misery

23 April 2008 2:30

I’m actually watching the Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey game* (hurrah for NASN!) but this Marc Ambinder post on the Pennsylvania primary was enough to raise an eyebrow: High Turnout… Continue reading


Corker, Shumble, Whelper and Pigge would be proud…

23 April 2008 1:13

Congratulations to Joe Bavier, a Reuters correspondent in the Congo. You could work years in this trade and never get to tap out an intro like this: KINSHASA (Reuters) –… Continue reading


A Wordsworth Day

22 April 2008 20:13

In honour of the nicest day of the year so far: I wander’d lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o’er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a… Continue reading


H is for Hard Decisions (And Some Easy Ones)

22 April 2008 6:04

After  Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter,  Edrich,  Fry and Gower it is clearly time for Len Hutton’s lads to take the field. This, I submit, is a pretty strong ‘H’ XI.… Continue reading


Rupert Murdoch’s Curious NATO Vision

22 April 2008 2:55

From James Joyner: News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch says that NATO is in a “crisis of confidence” because Western Europe is “losing its faith in the values and institutions that… Continue reading


Italy: Screwed-up but not as screwed as you think

22 April 2008 2:07

Matt Yglesias writes: For such a nice country, Italy’s politics seem weirdly screwed up. There’s the famous instability of the governments, of course. And then there’s the fact that their… Continue reading


When Charlie Rose Met Sam Beckett

21 April 2008 16:36

Filmmaker Andrew Filippone Jr imagines a pseudo-Beckettian edition of The Charlie Rose Show:


Defending San Francisco!

21 April 2008 12:59

I see that heaps of folks are having fun with this sign, recently displayed at a pro-Tibet rally in San Francisco: It is possible of course, that our friend here… Continue reading


Coming of Age

18 April 2008 14:48

Er, I’m the subject of this week’s Normblog profile. It’s here.


G is for Gower

17 April 2008 1:01

Well, better late than never, here’s the long, even keenly, awaited G XI. No excuses for its late arrival, but comfort yourselves with the thought that you’ll have less time… Continue reading


To Hell in a Handcart, And Make it Snappy

16 April 2008 17:33

Neill Harvey-Smith reports from the trenches of the Health and Safety salient. It’s a desperate, dangerous place.


Cats Lying With Dogs

16 April 2008 17:18

Or, a rare instance in which Alastair Darling and I appear to be in agreement. Me, this morning: What is Gordon Brown’s ministry for? What does he want to achieve… Continue reading


Paddy Hillery RIP

16 April 2008 1:26

Patrick Hillery, President of Ireland from 1976-1990, has died. From the Telegraph’s obituary: As president, Hillery’s main achievement was the restoration of stability to the office; this he accomplished largely… Continue reading


Gordon and Hillary’s Shared Agony

16 April 2008 0:48

I’ve an op-ed in today’s edition of The Scotsman on the similar fixes Gordon Brown and Hillary Clinton find themselves in (right down to rown’s reported willingness to hire Mark… Continue reading


Tuesday Linkage

15 April 2008 17:28

Mr Eugenides has a delightful item about everyone’s favourite "Viewspaper", The Independent Matt Zeitlin points out a couple of elementary truths to the Weekly Standard It’s April 15th, so it’s… Continue reading


Department of Awkward Votes

15 April 2008 17:04

I hadn’t realised until Sallie James at Cato pointed me in the right direction that neither John McCain, nor Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton voted on the (awful) 2007 Farm… Continue reading


What Goes Up Should Come Down

15 April 2008 10:01

A splendid piece on elevators – yes, lifts – in this week’s New Yorker. Two things make tall buildings possible: the steel frame and the safety elevator. The elevator, underrated… Continue reading

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The End Is Not In Fact Nigh

15 April 2008 7:44

Gordon Brown flies to Washington today (where, inter alia, he will have meetings with McCain, Clinton and Obama) so, naturally, this is the cue for fresh fretting over US-UK relations.… Continue reading


Strolling the Streets of Baltimore

15 April 2008 6:47

Attention Wire fans: if you haven’t done so already you should really make sure you read Peter Mosko’s new book, Cop in the Hood. Moskos, a Princeton and Harvard sociologist… Continue reading