Mills sent down – Lampl turns up

17 February 2009 17:28

Two stories with no connection really, apart from their capacity to raise an eyebrow. I wondered if David Mills, the estranged husband of Olympics minister Tessa Jowell would ever be… Continue reading


Local Tories

17 February 2009 15:54

The Conservatives new approach to localism – or subsidiarity – deserves a couple of cheers. It is at least a step in the right direction. Just as well since, allied… Continue reading


The Sporting White House

17 February 2009 15:10

I take my hat off to Katty Kay. Writing at the Daily Beast she comes up with a novel criticism of the Obama administration: it’s too fond of  sports metaphors.… Continue reading


In Praise of Stella Rimington

17 February 2009 14:04

A statement of the obvious perhaps, but a welcome one nonetheless given that it’s hard to see how Stella Rimington, as a former head of MI5, can sensibly be caricatured… Continue reading


Marie Antoinette is traduced again

17 February 2009 14:01

Like King Canute, Marie Antoinette is a much-misunderstood and, generally speaking, a much and unfairly maligned figure. Disappointingly, this time the guilty party is my old boss Iain Martin. For… Continue reading


Obama’s Momentum

17 February 2009 0:19

James fears that Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms may be in trouble if he can’t win enough Republican support to convince centrist voters. In other words, he’ll be too much beholden… Continue reading


Three Terms are Enough

16 February 2009 20:19

Brother Bright gives some of his reasons for hoping that Labour will prevail at the next election here. As a good man of the left, one would expect no less… Continue reading


Never Underestimate the Lib Dems

16 February 2009 19:43

I know we are not supposed to take ComRes polls too seriously but there’s one aspect of the Independent on Sunday poll at the weekend that I really rings true. It… Continue reading


Can The Government Dig Itself Out ? (2)

16 February 2009 18:52

From the response to the last post on this subject I get the impression that people around here don’t much care if the government can did itself out or not.… Continue reading


Republicans and Churchill

16 February 2009 18:40

As if determined to prove my point about the absurd excesses of the GOP’s love for Winston Churchill, consider this entertaining snippet culled from the pages of the Washington Post:… Continue reading


Reporting protest

16 February 2009 18:01

Anyone who has ever been on a protest march or felt the heady frission of student rebelliousness should check out Hugo Rifkind’s piece in the Times today. A really subtle… Continue reading


Watching the Watchers

16 February 2009 16:31

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Photojournalists stage an act of mass photography outside New Scotland Yard police station on February 16, 2009 in London. The event aims to highlight the… Continue reading


Obama and Churchill

16 February 2009 15:37

So Obama has said he doesn’t feel the need for his presidency to be reinforced by the presence of a British-government-owned bust of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office. As… Continue reading


Stanford’s Demise

16 February 2009 13:37

It’s an ill-wind that fails to blow in any silver-lined clouds and the current financial difficulties are no exception. It seems that Sir Allen Stanford, the Texan financier determined to… Continue reading


Gordon Brown Should Just Abandon Hope

16 February 2009 11:24

From Andrew Rawnsley’s (must-read) column yesterday: A member of the no contrition tendency in the cabinet says: "Gordon apologise? Bugger that. No way. People don’t want to see him wringing… Continue reading


Can the Government Dig Itself Out?

15 February 2009 12:35

If you just read one newspaper today you’d know things were getting pretty bad for Gordon Brown. Let’s take the Observer for example: not exactly a hostile paper to the… Continue reading


Smoking Gun: Katharine Goes to Hollywood

14 February 2009 22:46

It was great to hear Katharine Gun the GCHQ whistleblower on Saturday Live this morning talking about the morality of the leaker. I suppose the pretext was the banking crisis, but Katharine used the opportunity… Continue reading


Geert Wilders is Not a Hero

13 February 2009 20:18

Several readers take me to task for not substantiating the suggestion that Geert Wilders is, as I put it, a "boor and a bigot". This, apparently, is a "shoddy tactic"… Continue reading


Damian McBride weighs in over Brown’s ‘apology DVD’

13 February 2009 15:14

Funny what senior Downing St staff find time to do during the biggest economic crisis for 100 years. Here’s a charming text message I received from Damian McBride, former frontline… Continue reading


Antiguan Debacle

13 February 2009 15:07

Just in case you had any doubts that cricket is the worst-run sport in the world, further proof comes from today’s farce in Antigua. Even by cricket’s lofty standards this… Continue reading


Big Brother is Listening to You

13 February 2009 12:56

The sad thing is that you can no longer consider this sort of thing surprising: Security cameras have long been a fact of Scottish life, viewed with relief by many… Continue reading


The Wilders Tale

13 February 2009 12:42

Peter is quite right. Both in his own analysis of the Geert Wilders fiasco and in recommending Philip Johnston’s excellent piece in the Telegraph. It’s worth remembering, reiterating even, that… Continue reading


Cameroons vs Cameronians

13 February 2009 0:54

In his Prospect piece on "Red Toryism" (of which more later) Philip Blond refers to "Cameroonian conservatism" and he’s hardly alone in talking about "Cameroonianism" and the so-called "Cameroons" who… Continue reading


Death of a Gadfly Playwright

12 February 2009 22:24

Hugh Leonard has died. His Telegraph obituary reeks of boozy afternoons in Dublin’s finest hostelries: Indeed, Leonard relished quarrels. "An Irish literary movement," he used to say, "is when two… Continue reading

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The Limits of Presidential Power

12 February 2009 20:34

Writing in the FT yesterday Martin Wolf observed: It is extraordinary that a popular new president, confronting a once-in-80-years’ economic crisis, has let Congress shape the outcome. Commenter IanC agrees… Continue reading