Something Must Be Done! This is Something!

16 June 2008 14:02

Chris Dillow has a splendid post filleting the Scottish government's plans to raise the age at which one may purchase alcohol at an off-license from 18 to 21. As he… Continue reading


K is for Kapil

15 June 2008 23:00

Apologies for the delay in publishing this latest installment in our marathon series. Still, here it is at last. So far we have has featured teams skippered by: Armstrong, Benaud,… Continue reading


The Dubya Has Landed

15 June 2008 17:10

Via Jim Manzi, it seems that thousands and thousands of people are being inconvenienced by George W Bush's arrival at Heathrow. Well, I don't particularly begrudge him his security (but… Continue reading


Tim Russert’s Shoes

15 June 2008 14:22

This isn't a criticism of Tim Russert, per se, rather an anecdote that, though trivial, is also rather revealing. From Mark Leibovich's nicely-judged piece in the New York Times: My… Continue reading


Asylum Galore! Or, Passport to the Kingsway

15 June 2008 14:04

Good grief. This is a terrific, amazing story. Congratulations to Rachel Stevenson and Harriet Grant. It's almost like an Ealing comedy except, of course, you know, serious. And, I think,… Continue reading


Great British Moustache Triumph!

15 June 2008 2:05

Who dares say the United States never listens to British concerns? An RAF fighter pilot has won his battle with the United States Air Force over the size of his… Continue reading


Transatlantic Differences

15 June 2008 0:37

The Atlantic has a very interesting, unintentionally hilarious Mark Bowden piece on Rupert Murdoch's plans for the Wall Street Journal. Apparently the newsroom is very troubled by the new proprietor's… Continue reading

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Sometimes Washington Really is a Small Town

14 June 2008 23:55

Like anyone else who's spent any time in Washington these past 20 years, I was stunned by the sad news of Tim Russert's death, aged just 58, on Friday. these… Continue reading

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The View from Beyond Westminster Bridge

14 June 2008 16:06

Since I wrote this, I'm hardly likely to disagree with the thrust of Matthew Parris's column in The Times today, am I? I distrust clichés such as “Westminster village”, but… Continue reading


These People Are In Your Government

13 June 2008 19:02

How can you tell if David Davis is right? Easy! As Mr Eugenides says, just look at these reactions:: JACQUI SMITH, HOME SECRETARY Faced with a crucial decision on the… Continue reading


David Davis: Principled Troubador or Egomaniac?

13 June 2008 4:41

Everyone agreed that David Davis's resignation yesterday was extraordinary political theatre and that it would be a rash man who predicted its consequences. Some pundits were prepared to acknowledge the… Continue reading


Zimbabwe’s Dr Benito Speaks!

12 June 2008 18:07

Many thanks to Isaac Chotiner for pointing out the latest example of what he rightly considers to be Scoop-turned-fact. One the one hand, Zimbabwe's opposition leaders are being detained, on… Continue reading

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The Fresh Winds of Principle

12 June 2008 14:00

David Davis, the shadow Home Secretary, resigns his seat to fight a by-election on the principles of liberty and justice. A startling move, by any measure. And one worthy of… Continue reading


Responsibility, Duty, Decency

12 June 2008 13:48

Mr Eugenides observes that for all the talk – much of it reasonable – that the Tories are soft on liberty and that we lbertarian-types should therefore vote for UKIP… Continue reading

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The Importance of Kicking Gordon

12 June 2008 13:21

Defeat for Gordon Brown on 42 Days yesterday would have been catastrophic. But, as I suggested, victory hasn't done him much good either. The Spectator samples press reaction: "Desperate Brown… Continue reading


America Under Siege!

12 June 2008 13:13

American icons are under threat! The Chrysler building has been sold – gasp! – to Arabs; now the Belgians have launched a bid to buy – double gasp! – Budweiser…… Continue reading

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The American-Americans

12 June 2008 12:44

Matt Yglesias posted an interesting map the other day: It's a map drawn from US Census bureau data on ethnicity and ancestry. According to the census, however, some 7% of… Continue reading


The DUP’s Calculation

11 June 2008 18:12

MPs are voting on 42 Days now. I only watched the last part of the debate and am biased in favour of the opposition but even so, the weakness of… Continue reading


PMQs: 42 Days Edition

11 June 2008 14:42

Here’s Cameron vs Brown at Prime Minister’s Questions today.


Brown’s Pointless Victory

11 June 2008 12:59

It's a measure of Gordon Brown's weakness that he's come so close to losing the vote on 42 Days. But, as Ben Brogan reports, he's done it: The DUP are… Continue reading

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Malachi Malagrowther Smiles

11 June 2008 8:27

Scottish banknotes are saved. Hurrah!

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Department of Why On Earth Would You Do That?

11 June 2008 1:20

Astonishingly, Barack Obama returns Scarlett Johansson's emails. Equally charmingly, Miss Johansson professes herself surprised by this: “You’d imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly traveling and constantly ‘on’… Continue reading


Snuff Moves

11 June 2008 0:57

My old friend Gerald Warner has, I'm glad to discover, a blog at the Telegraph entitled Is It Just Me? (sometimes, yes, Gerald, I'm afraid it is…). In his most… Continue reading

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42 Days: The View from Scotland

10 June 2008 17:39

A heartening, very interesting – and highly unusual – intervention by the Lord Advocate: Scotland's top prosecutor has said the case has not been made for extending the length of… Continue reading

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Department of Advertising

10 June 2008 15:09

Shamefully, I don't think I'd heard of Billy Beer until Mike Crowley posted this fantastic advertisement at The Stump. I mean, what better slogan could there be? Could an reader… Continue reading