The new kings of Western Swing?

2 June 2008 14:46

Via Cato, comes this report from The Times: They turn out in their hundreds in Stetsons and boots as hits such as the Crazy Foot Mambo and the Cowboy Strut… Continue reading


Good news for Gordon!

2 June 2008 14:27

At least one person thinks he can still win! This man is on much more comfortable ground discussing his work with overseas politicians, including his contributions to Blair's 2005 campaign,… Continue reading

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Brown Healthwatch

29 May 2008 16:04

Good god, this is insane. PR Week reports: Gordon Brown's latest comms offensive involves cold-calling members of the public who have written him letters, according to sources close to Downing… Continue reading


New Zealand Hookers

29 May 2008 1:32

Meanwhile, there's happier news from New Zealand. Actually, there quite often is. Despite its sleepy reputation, New Zealand is an interesting, even innovative place. Though this is more Will Wilkinson's… Continue reading


The Price of Petrol

28 May 2008 23:04

Americans who despair at $4 a gallon petrol prices at the pump might be cheered by taking a peek at mattters in Britain where petrol now costs roughly £6 a… Continue reading


Department of Pretty Words

28 May 2008 20:35

The Boston Globe: "Candidates Unite Against Darfur Genocide" Isn't it a bit late for that? "Today, we wish to make clear to the Sudanese government that on this moral issue… Continue reading

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Shadowing the GOP

28 May 2008 18:18

Ezra Klein asks if Jim Webb is "too good for the Vice-Presidency". And perhaps he is. Or rather, he'd be more useful to Democrats if he remained in the Senate,… Continue reading


On Sale Soon…

28 May 2008 16:31

Via Swampland, comes news of this exciting contest to design a new t-shirt for Hillary Clinton's campaign. Personally, I'd say it's tough to beat the impact of a slogan such… Continue reading

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Not actually an April Fool

28 May 2008 12:51

I waited until to check that it wasn't actually April 2nd today, before posting this. It's no great surprise to see a piece in the Telegraph begin: Politics is about… Continue reading


Photograph of the Day

27 May 2008 20:35

 If you asked me where this photograph – which has not been tinkered with to any significant degree – was taken, I suspect I'd have plumped for Texas or New… Continue reading


Tales from Labour Britain: Illegal Document Department

27 May 2008 18:57

Via Samizdata, this seems to be a quite appalling story. The Guardian reports that: A masters student researching terrorist tactics who was arrested and detained for six days after his… Continue reading


America’s Largest Cult

27 May 2008 16:47

I've been meaning to rave about and recommend Gene Healy's terrific book The Cult of the Presidency for some time. Now George Will saves me the trouble of doing so.… Continue reading


Webb 3.0

27 May 2008 16:34

Ezra Klein leaps into the great Jim Webb discussion to make the important point that we've little idea what a Webb presidency would actually be like. True enough and that's… Continue reading


The worst team in Europe?

27 May 2008 16:04

Are Paris Saint-Germain the worst football team in Europe? This obviously depends upon how one measures or defines "worst". PSG, despite another appalling season, would (thankfully) still be expected to… Continue reading


Webb-mania revisited

27 May 2008 13:26

Kathy G, guest-blogging for Matt Yglesias, lays out a lengthy case for why Barack Obama should not pick Jim Webb as his Vice-President here. I suspect that the points she… Continue reading


The Che Chronicles

23 May 2008 22:51

How many people really think of Che Guevara as a romantic, if occasionally headstrong, revolutionary? Outside Latin America, I mean. Perhaps it's a generational thing, but does anyone under the… Continue reading

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Photograph of the Day

23 May 2008 12:25

Little blogging until next week as I'm visiting my sister in Cumbria today before going to the cricket at Old Trafford on Saturday. But here's a photograph of the lower… Continue reading


Department of Fancy That!

23 May 2008 10:28

Like Philip Salter, I dinnae often agree with Gordon Brown. But fair's fair (especially the morning after a brutal by-election thumping), here's some of what the Prime Minister had to… Continue reading


The Frippery of a Rounded Education

23 May 2008 10:00

Chris Woodhead, the former head of the schools inspectorate in England and Wales, argues that many private schools are, to all intents and purposes, ripping off their clients. The Telegraph… Continue reading


Brown Toastwatch

23 May 2008 2:42

So, as expected, the Tories win the Crewe and Nantwich by-election. Handsomely. The remarkable thing is that it took so long and that the Tory brand remained so toxic that… Continue reading

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Libertarians and the Spiders from Mars

22 May 2008 23:15

Dave Weigel is going to be blogging from the Libertarian Party convention in Denver this weekend. Great copy all-but-guaranteed: We turned to the speaker schedule, and couldn't figure out if… Continue reading


The Kennedy Empire

22 May 2008 17:20

Remember: it's a Republic, not a Democracy. From the New York Daily News: Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate… Continue reading


Hillary of Harare

22 May 2008 13:03

In one sense there's little point in writing about Hillary Clinton anymore. She's lost. Still, if there is any truth to the notion, much-favoured by Washington reporters, that you can… Continue reading

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Further Tales from the Bold New Scotland

22 May 2008 12:45

It could have been worse, I suppose. There was a proposal that you'd soon need a special license to be permitted to purchase cigarettes in Scotland. Presumably this would be… Continue reading


Belgian BBQ in Memphis

21 May 2008 20:37

American breakfasts are pretty good, or at least as fine as can be expected from a meal that doesn't include black pudding. But there's no doubting that the United States'… Continue reading