Despite Pundits’ Best Efforts, Afghanistan Stubbornly Refuses to be Obama’s Vietnam

6 October 2009 0:53

So, you see, Barack Obama is a Democratic president just like Jack Kennedy and LBJ and, right, there’s a war going on in Aghanistan which is in asia, just like… Continue reading

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Leaking Anti-Leaking Advice

5 October 2009 20:31

Sweet. This had to happen: A Ministry of Defence document giving advice on how to stop documents leaking onto the internet has been leaked onto the internet. …The 2,400-page restricted… Continue reading


School’s Out: The Swedish Model is Not the Only One.

5 October 2009 16:22

Like other sensible people I’m encouraged by the Tories plans for education in England. The Swedish system of Free Schools has a lot to be said for it. Still, I… Continue reading


Ignore the Party, You should Vote for the Best Candidate

5 October 2009 2:31

For some time since I came of voting age I took the view that it was more important to vote (when I bothered to vote) for the party, not the… Continue reading


Cascades of contrition that changed nothing

5 October 2009 0:24

Scouring the Sunday newspapers for any vestige of sentience, I find none whatsoever – but instead chance upon this whining, chippy, neo-Socialist drivel from Rod Liddle in the Sunday Times blaming… Continue reading


A Braw Bricht Moonlicht Nicht

4 October 2009 22:01

Aye lads, it’s what you might call a Reiving moon right enough. Taken circa 9pm tonight.


Wodehouse vs Wodehouse

4 October 2009 18:46

OK, some Sunday fun and games. A wee while back Patrick Kidd had a nice item in which Henry Blofeld listed his all-time cricket XI drawn from PG Wodehouse characters.… Continue reading


Gordon Brown & The Thick of It

4 October 2009 17:46

A lovely catch and telling observation from Iain Martin* on how the Prime Minister’s speech to the Labour party conference was put together and how this exhausted government is, essentially,… Continue reading


What is Tory policy on Europe?

4 October 2009 14:50

Fraser says there’s plenty to fight for on the Great European Question and, in many ways, I’m sure he’s right. But what is Tory policy in the event that Lisbon… Continue reading


Saturday Afternoon Country: Justin Townes Earle

3 October 2009 14:43

Yes, that would be Steve Earle’s boy and yes he’s named after the great Townes van Zandt. One of the things I like about country music is it that, in… Continue reading


David Cameron’s strange European bedfellows

2 October 2009 23:16

I just don’t understand David Cameron’s stubbornness over his alliance with his new friends in fringe European parties. Why make a stand for these people? William Hague’s insistence of an… Continue reading


Biblical Corruption: Liberals & Fellow-Travelling Surrender Christians

2 October 2009 17:03

Did you know that the problem with the Bible is that it is, frankly, a book for liberal surrender-monkeys? Apparently so. Hence the urgent need for a new, properly conservative… Continue reading


Yes, Mary Seacole was Black. So what?

2 October 2009 3:29

I confess that until recently I had never heard of Mary Seacole. But, like Boris Johnson, who found himself in this position a few years ago, that reflects poorly on… Continue reading


The Moonie Times Loves Reverend Moon. Hold the Front Page!

1 October 2009 19:28

Sometimes you have to pity Literary Editors. Or, to put it another way, one of life’s small pleasures is seeing how newspapers review books written by their own proprietors. I… Continue reading


Trumpton-on-the-North-Sea Latest: The Donald Can Still Buy Your House

1 October 2009 17:32

It had been expected – according to press reports admittedly – that Aberdeenshire Council would lift the threat of compulsory purchase orders being used to evict four families from their… Continue reading

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Labour’s Next Leader, Darling?

1 October 2009 14:52

Photo: Max Nash/AFP/Getty Images Brother Liddle says that Jon Cruddas is the only one of Gordon Brown’s potential successors that gives him any great hope for the future of the… Continue reading


Changing your name to Seacole will eradicate your inner racist

1 October 2009 13:37

I do hope you can forgive this diversion from the usual subject matter of my blog, but just for today I would like to deal with a personal matter. That… Continue reading


Memo to Labour: the Press is Always Revolting

1 October 2009 13:34

The press really is beastly, isn’t it? According to Jonathan Freedland, The media’s conviction that Labour, and Gordon Brown in particular, are doomed has grown so intense that it has… Continue reading


Was Rory Stewart an MI6 Officer?

30 September 2009 19:18

Was Rory Stewart, Harvard Professor, author of The Places In Between and prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for the Bracknell constituency, an MI6 officer? Former-ambassador-turned-conspiracist Craig Murray says he was: One… Continue reading


A Strategic Blunder by a Prime Minister Living in a Fantasy World

30 September 2009 18:04

Gordon Brown is an intelligent man but I’ve always thought him a better tactician than strategist. His speech to the Labour party conference yesterday confirmed that view and, indeed, strengthened… Continue reading


Roman Polanski’s Friends Should Probably Shut Up

30 September 2009 16:12

Director Roman Polanski attends Che Tempo Che Fa TV Show held at RAI Studios on November 23, 2008 in MIlan. Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images. So, what about Roman Polanski,… Continue reading


Of all Brown’s potential successors, only Cruddas fills me with enthusiasm

30 September 2009 14:48

Who would you like to see succeed Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party? Still deluded by the continuation of power and the hopeless yearning that it all might… Continue reading


Zapatero & His Banshees

30 September 2009 14:43

Remiss of me not to note that this photograph of the Obamas and the Zapateros has caused quite a stir in Spain. That’s because the Spanish people were not generally… Continue reading


Why now, Gordon?

30 September 2009 11:13

Considering the dire situation in which Gordon Brown finds himself, yesterday’s speech was really rather good. It gives the party faithful something to cling on to as they begin the… Continue reading


Gordon Brown Fail.

29 September 2009 16:18

Gordon Brown’s speech to the Labour party conference this afternoon was, in its way, breathtaking. Breathtakingly shameless, mendacious, confused, contradictory, delusional, dishonest and irresponsible that is. It was also the… Continue reading