Lockerbie: Why Did the SNP Do It?

3 September 2009 15:11

Party discipline can be a troublesome thing. Especially when insisting upon it actually works against you. Yesterday’s votes in the Scottish parliament criticising Kenny MacAskill and the decision to release… Continue reading


Lock Up Your Children Before Obama Brainwashes Them…

3 September 2009 12:21

Golly. Looks like Barack Obama is taking his campaign of intimidation to a whole new level. In a recent interview with student reporter, Damon Weaver, President Obama announced that on… Continue reading


Lockerbie: What Would Cameron Have Done Differently?

3 September 2009 12:02

In the comments to this post, Iain Dale suggests I’m completely wrong to think that a Conservative government led by David Cameron would have been just as keen as Labour… Continue reading


What If Megrahi Didn’t Have Cancer?

2 September 2009 14:28

There’s still plenty, I’m afraid, that needs to be said about the decision to send the Lockerie bomber back to Libya. But, since many people think that there was a… Continue reading


10 Days Away and Libya Still on the Front Pages

2 September 2009 11:41

It’s not often that you take a holiday to return to the same story running nearly two weeks later. Just before I went away, I updated my Facebook page to… Continue reading


Does Donald Trump Need Your House?

2 September 2009 3:50

Well, if he thinks he does you should be afraid. This has nothing to do with the absurd "Donald" being American and everything to do with the looming reality that… Continue reading


Clausewitz on Cricket

2 September 2009 0:07

Further to this post, an occasional series exploring the relevance and application of Carl von Clausewitz’s On War to the game of cricket. In Chapter Nine of Book Six the… Continue reading


Lockerbie Letters: No Smoking Gun

1 September 2009 16:33

I know this won’t satisfy anyone who desperately wants there to have been a shady, grubby conspiracy but a quick perusal of the correspondence on the Lockerbie Affair published by… Continue reading


Is Saving Face the Real Afghanistan Strategy?

1 September 2009 13:44

Losing George Will on Afghanistan is not quite the same as losing Walter Cronkite on Vietnam. For one thing, Will’s column today, calling for the United States to withdraw most… Continue reading


Good News for Armenia! And Turkey!

31 August 2009 22:44

Turkey and Armenia are planning to establish diplomatic ties and open their shared border. There’s still a long way to go, of course, and it owuld be wise to remain… Continue reading


President Cheney

31 August 2009 17:54

Dick Cheney, surely now confirmed as the worst Vice-President in American history, produced a cracker, even by his miserable standards, during his interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace on Sunday. The… Continue reading


Megrahi Release Explained: He’s a Rangers Fan

31 August 2009 13:21

Roddy Forsyth deserves our congratulations for revealing this: One of the unforeseen consequences of Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi’s incarceration in Greenock Prison was that, by his own account, in whiling away… Continue reading


Torture: You Know It When You See It

31 August 2009 2:00

I watched Tunes of Glory again last night. It’s one of my favourite films*. During it, Basil Barrow, the newly-arrived Colonel of the battalion, played by John Mills, mentions his… Continue reading


Men of Harlech

30 August 2009 19:47

It’s a bank holiday weekend, so what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than by watching Zulu one more time? Granted, the movie is riddled with historical inaccuracies but… Continue reading



30 August 2009 12:15

Pete suggests there’s little more to say about the Sunday Times story on the UK government’s attitude towards the release of the Abdelbaset ali al-Megrahi. The suggestion given by the… Continue reading


Who Cares if Torture Works or Not?

29 August 2009 23:16

Ann Althouse argues that Critics of "harsh interrogation techniques" — they, of course, call it torture — bolster their moral arguments with the pragmatic argument that it doesn’t even work.… Continue reading


Saturday Afternoon Country: George Jones

29 August 2009 12:28

If we could choose to sound like anyone, Waylon once said, we’d want to sing like George Jones. And frankly, not too many people have ever bothered to disagree with… Continue reading


Glenn Beck to Unveil Plan to Save the American Republic

28 August 2009 17:32

I really don’t know what to make of this. As politics it’s bizarre, as a kind of performance art it’s mesmerising. And popular. More people watch Glenn Beck than Mad… Continue reading


Is Using a Minotaur to Gore Detainees a Form of Torture?

28 August 2009 14:45

Well is it? This is one of the great moral issues of our time. Happily, (after the jump) there’s a panel of experts available to debate the matter. The awful… Continue reading


On Clausewitz and the Art of Cricket

28 August 2009 0:51

Earlier this summer, at the end of a conversation on other matters, the (excellent) American blogger Kevin Drum asked for more cricket-blogging. I’m happy to oblige! He said he finds… Continue reading


Kentucky Fried Chicken Disappoints Glaswegians

27 August 2009 18:52

  According to the Los Angeles Times, KFC are bringing new finger-lickin’ goodness to market. This is the "Double Down" a sandwich made from: two Original Recipe fillets, bacon, Swiss… Continue reading


Hannan & Powell, Round 2

27 August 2009 16:32

Danny Finkelstein says my Churchill analogy is "cute" but wrong. Churchill had his flaws but is primarily remembered for getting One Big Thing Right; Powell had his qualities but is… Continue reading


Obama, Likud & Self-Loathing Jews

27 August 2009 16:08

Occasionally you hear or see or read people complaining that Barack Obama’s administration is openly hostile towards Israel and Israeli interests. The purported evidence for this attitude has never persuaded… Continue reading


A Romney Pipe Dream

27 August 2009 14:49

Anyone who wants to see Mitt Romney fail now should hope he follows the advice given by Lisa Schiffren and Peter Roff and runs for the now open Senate seat… Continue reading


Daniel Hannan & Enoch Powell: Spectacular Media Stupidity Guaranteed

26 August 2009 20:21

If a politician expresses admiration for Winston Churchill do you immediately think that he’s a great fan of, among other considerations, casual indifference to the Bengal famine, the use of… Continue reading