How to be a pundit

27 August 2007 14:12

Memo to New York Times/Guardian* columnists: it would be a public service were you to follow the great Myles na Gopaleen’s example: Not the least of my duties is keeping… Continue reading


World peace might be too complicated…

26 August 2007 22:28

This is just fantastic. [Hat-tip: Ross]


Of course it’s our fault…

24 August 2007 22:39

Oh please. Marty Peretz thinks Labour MPs should spend less time talking about Palestine and more time contemplating Zimbabwe: The Brits bear responsibility.  Zimbabwe was once Rhodesia, a crown colony,… Continue reading

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How Sarko seduced France

24 August 2007 21:55

I’m rather looking forward to reading Yasmina Reza’s account of her year on the campaign trail with Nicolas Sarkozy, Dawn, Evening or Night. It looks as though it could be… Continue reading

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You watchin’ me?

24 August 2007 17:55

In the spirit of Not Reading Books, it’s time to move on to Not Watching Movies. Megan kicks matters off by confessing that, despite loving Marlon Brando, she’s never actually… Continue reading


Department of Modern Life

22 August 2007 19:36

Clive Davis returns from holiday: As we came in to land, we put our watches back to March to take account of the weather. Then we faced the interminable midnight… Continue reading


The Atlantic blogosphere expands

20 August 2007 21:06

Y’all read her anyway (you do, don’t you?), but just in case you’re still searching for her here you could perhaps use a gentle reminder that the wondrous Megan McArdle… Continue reading


Monday Trivia!

20 August 2007 20:44

Yeah, so it’s been a long time since I posted any trivia questions. Rather than wait for the weekend, here’s something to distract your attention on a Monday afternoon. As… Continue reading


The herring question: fishing for Britain’s future

20 August 2007 16:11

Following on from this post on Des Browne’s interview with The Scotsman today, the Secretary of State for Scotland (who is also the Secretary of State for Defence, though you… Continue reading

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Secretary of State for Scotland delivers message to Scotland: sod off

20 August 2007 15:25

Interesting, though unsurprising, interview in today’s Scotsman. Des Browne, the Secretary of State for Scotland, tells the paper’s political editor Hamish Macdonell that there’s no need for any talk about… Continue reading


Today’s menace to society: smoking in cars

20 August 2007 14:53

Will Saletan has a reasonable column today pointing out just how absurd the War on Smoking has become. Saletan hits some of the right notes, observing, for instance, that alcohol… Continue reading

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I will roll my eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help…

20 August 2007 1:02

Jesus Wept Department. A viewer’s question during this morning’s ABC Democratic candidates’ forum: My question is to understand each candidate’s view of a personal God. Do they believe that through… Continue reading


Dept of What a Country!

19 August 2007 20:19

Via Tyler Cowen, your fun fact for the day: Where do most tigers live? In the United States it turns out.  There are 4,000 tigers residing in captivity in Texas… Continue reading


Tattoos would be cheaper…

19 August 2007 20:15

Hmmm. Just how would this work, Rudy? EVERY foreigner in America, including British visitors, would be required to carry an ID card bearing photograph and fingerprints under plans drawn up… Continue reading


Quote for the day

19 August 2007 1:08

Via Samizdata, this from Barry Goldwater: I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake… Continue reading


Bill Deedes: off-stone for good now

17 August 2007 21:32

Few journalists merit memorials; Bill Deedes, who died today aged 94, is an exception to that general rule. Most famously, he was the inspiration for Evelyn Waugh’s William Boot in… Continue reading


Why don’t we just abolish the income tax?

17 August 2007 19:12

Whew! In a bold statement of intent, the Tories said today they "will consider" cutting taxes. Wear them medals with pride, boys. You’ve earned them. Predictably Labour are calling proposals… Continue reading

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Bleak House, being the matter of the interminable case of Blair vs Brown?

17 August 2007 10:02

Tony Blair has engaged the same lawyer – Robert Barnett – that negotiated Bill and Hillary Clinton’s respective books deals. Blair is reported to be wanting as much as £8m… Continue reading

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High Noon in the War Against Cliche

17 August 2007 7:47

Three cheers for Peter Suderman who is properly exasperated by this quotation from a WaPo piece: "It’s just like the Wild West," said Frank O’Donnell of the group Clean Air… Continue reading


Rick Santorum’s Wilderness Years

17 August 2007 7:22

Ever wondered what happened to Rick Santorum after he lost his Senate race in Pennsylvania last year? Fret not, Michael Brendan Dougherty has done the yeoman work of listening to… Continue reading


BASEBALL/POLITICS: You Must Not Read the Sports Pages Too Often

17 August 2007 6:32

Via Kevin Drum, I see that, in one of his regular plangent calls for a better press corps, Brad DeLong has highlighted an extraordinary suggestion from one of his readers.… Continue reading

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Beckham begins earning his salary (on the pitch)

17 August 2007 3:51

If you thought David Beckham would be a one day story and then quickly ignored in the US you might want to consider that notice of his first goal for… Continue reading


Biden’s son to serve in Iraq

16 August 2007 23:58

From the AP: The son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is preparing for deployment to Iraq next year. Capt. Beau Biden, a Judge Advocate General in the Delaware National… Continue reading

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Dumb Britain

16 August 2007 19:26

The Assault on Reason continues: A-Level results are out today in the UK and, amazingly, our kids is learning even betterer – more than one in four papers is now… Continue reading


Elvis: Still the King

16 August 2007 18:40

This Tim Luckhurst piece for (who else?) The Guardian may be the dumbest thing even this professional contrarian has ever written. Apparently Elvis made "dull music for duller people" and… Continue reading

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