A Bad Idea Meets Wikileaks

27 March 2009 22:49

I’ve become something of a fan of Bad Idea magazine, which promotes the work of young journalists. It’s a sight more lively than most of the dreary material pumped out by the mainstream… Continue reading


Gordon Brown is Not My Leader, Whatever Labour MPs Think

26 March 2009 13:00

Tom Harris didn’t much care for Dan Hannan’s speech setting about Gordon Brown. Fair enough, as a Labour MP you wouldn’t expect him to find it a hoot. But then… Continue reading


Why Germany Won’t Play Ball

26 March 2009 12:35

It’s not just Gordon Brown who wants the rest of europe to splash some cash to get us out of the mess we’re in. There are plenty of commentators on… Continue reading

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The Guardian and Libel

26 March 2009 7:39

There is a very important piece in today’s Guardian about the UK libel laws by my old friend Jo Glanville, editor of Index on Censoship. I urge you to read… Continue reading


Tony McNulty, Benefit Cheat

26 March 2009 0:30

Exhibit A: From the Daily Mail, November 8th 2008. Man caught in £30,000 benefit fraud: After the case, employment and welfare reform minister Tony McNulty said: "Lying to the DWP… Continue reading


New Deal of the Mind at 11 Downing Street

25 March 2009 23:26

I don’t think it’s quite right for me to keep promoting New Deal of the Mind here on my Spectator blog. That should happen elsewhere and will. But just in… Continue reading


Has Obama Already Failed?

25 March 2009 20:24

Bartle Bull thinks he has! Already! His article in Prospect is a curious thing indeed. Part of it, perfectly reasonably, is deeply concerned by Obama’s economic agenda. When the numbers… Continue reading


The Left and Radical Islam

25 March 2009 17:30

There is a part of me that hopes I never have to write another word about the troubled relationship between the British left and radical Islam. But I certainly wouldn’t… Continue reading


The BBC Tries to Catch-Up with its Audience

25 March 2009 17:26

Apparently the BBC is finally going to show The Wire. Hurrah. Previously it’s only been available on FX in Britain. Well that’s all fine and dandy. But it’s not as… Continue reading


The Problem with Working Hard

25 March 2009 15:58

So El Gordo is in New York today, ostensibly to drum up support for his G20 gabfest. According to the Telegraph’s report: At a breakfast for business leaders, Mr Brown… Continue reading


The Naked Taoiseach

25 March 2009 14:16

Brian Cowen: Frightening when clothed; terrifying when naked. Photo: JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images Meanwhile in Ireland there’s much hilarity over the story of a Banksy-style prankster who hung portraits of the… Continue reading


Obama and the Blair Succession

25 March 2009 13:36

There was the pretence that all government spending is "investment" and there was some familiar-sounding talk of "bubble and bust" but most of all Barack Obama’s press conference was designed… Continue reading


Mexico is the new Colombia?

25 March 2009 8:42

That seems to be the message from the Obama administration anyway. Mind you, that was the message from the Bush administration too as the War on Drugs – so successful… Continue reading


An Irish Grand Slam and a Lions Party

24 March 2009 13:25

It wasn’t a great championship this year, though few in Ireland can be expected to give a damn about that. And while there are plenty of folk who might think… Continue reading


Photo of the Day

23 March 2009 23:36

Twilight, looking west up the Yarrow Valley, Selkirkshire.


45p is Not the Problem; 40p is the Problem

23 March 2009 17:47

I think James and Danny Finkelstein are correct. Political considerations trump the need to satisfy the Conservative party’s right-wing. And that means that, regrettably, George Osbourne is probably right not… Continue reading


Living with a nuclear Iran

23 March 2009 16:30

Dan Drezner asks his "realist colleagues" if they can think of any reason why Iran should or would give up its nuclear ambitions. Stephen Walt offers some reasons why, unlikely… Continue reading


English Cricket Welcomes the Enemy

23 March 2009 12:53

The news that England hope to host the IPL  is as unsurprising as it is depressing. After all, what better way to start an Ashes summer than with the distracting… Continue reading


Railway Dreams

23 March 2009 12:37

Place your bets, please, if you think this is actually likely to happen: The fastest, most frequent train service in the world could run between London and the North within… Continue reading


A Hungarian Lesson for Gordon Brown

23 March 2009 11:06

This seems an idea worth copying, doesn’t it? Hungary’s Prime Minister said today he is resigning because of his government’s low popularity amid a worsening financial crisis. Ferenc Gyurcsany, of… Continue reading


The Life and Times and Death of Jade Goody

22 March 2009 14:56

At some time in the future, historians will view the Jade Goody Affair with the same kind of bewilderment and revulsion that we reserve for the excesses of Victorian Britain.… Continue reading


Extreme Shepherding

22 March 2009 13:58

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Is the Left Waking From Its Slumber?

22 March 2009 8:42

A rather impassioned piece on unemployment from Polly Toynbee in yesterday’s Guardian made me realise that there are a number of people on the liberal-left in Britain thinking very hard… Continue reading


Valery Gergiev: Pawn of Putin?

20 March 2009 16:57

There was an interesting, if occasionally frustrating, profile of Valery Gergiev in last week’s New York Times magazine. Frustrating because the article was headlined "The Loyalist" (the cover line was… Continue reading


The Flower of Scotland Lies Cold in Flanders Clay

20 March 2009 13:46

Back in the days when the Edinbugh Evening News printed a "Saturday Pink" edition, it used to be said that there were two headlines on hand for whenever Scotland played… Continue reading