Cheney’s Lingerie Legacy

8 September 2009 21:54

I confess I chuckled heartily when I saw the eyebrow-raising words "Cheney’s Lingerie Legacy" at Andrew Sullivan’s site.  Two more words popped up, unprompted but irresistably and immediately. No prizes… Continue reading


Labour Leadership Speculation is Back with a Vengeance

8 September 2009 18:27

Rachel Sylvester’s column today provides more than the usual share of insight and high-level gossip — what more do you want from a political columnist? The following paragraph is devastating… Continue reading


Who Has Alex Salmond Beaten?

8 September 2009 17:41

I can’t find the passage, but if memory serves there’s a moment in War and Peace when the assembled company is discussing Napoleon Bonaparte and marvelling at and quaking before… Continue reading


Complacency & Terrorism

8 September 2009 13:24

David Aaronovitch’s column in the Times today is a curious beast indeed. Some sub-editor has given it the headline Complacency has crept up on us (yet again) which seems curious… Continue reading


David Cameron Should Support an Independence Referendum

8 September 2009 0:12

And not, my English nationalist chums, so that he can bid good riddance to those troublesome, and endlessly grumbling, Scots. Rather lost amidst the Megrahi Fallout was the news that… Continue reading


Department of Unintended Consequences

7 September 2009 20:40

My thanks to the ever-vigilant Mr Eugenides for alerting me to this wee gem: Pubs [in Edinburgh]  are launching marathon cheap drink offers in a bid to beat new licensing… Continue reading


Lockerbie: Have Government Ministers Contradicted One Another?

7 September 2009 15:28

James says that the government is at odds with itself over the Megrahi Case. He cites these statements to support his argument that while either of these claims may be… Continue reading


The Keats of Cricket

7 September 2009 13:59

1st May 1930: Australian opening batsmen Bill Woodfull (1897 – 1965, left) and Archie Jackson (1909 – 1933) going out to bat against Worcester at Worcester. Photo: E. F. Corcoran/Topical… Continue reading


The Madness of Michael Moore

6 September 2009 23:25

Not, I suppose, terribly surprising that Michael Moore’s latest "documentary*" should receive an enthusiastic review from the Guardian, but even by Moore’s lofty standards this new venture sounds exceptionally stupid:… Continue reading


Lockerbie Fallout: A (Fake) American Backlash

6 September 2009 0:37

So, via Iain Dale, the News of the World has a story claiming that: Britain was facing the likelihood of an increased terror threat last night — after America’s CIA… Continue reading


Disappointment Deferred

5 September 2009 17:59

Scott Brown #6 of Scotland celebrates after scoring the opening goal, with team mates Kenny Miller and Darren Fletcher during the  2010 World Cup Qualifier match beteween Scotland and Macedonia… Continue reading


Saturday Afternoon Country: Iris DeMent

5 September 2009 13:04

Iris DeMent has only made four albums. And since the latest, 2004′s Lifeline, is a gospel record it’s fair to say that she ain’t on the trendy side of Nashville.… Continue reading


Now Reality Bites for Brown and Labour

4 September 2009 20:50

There was a fascinating piece from Martin Kettle in the Guardian today. The headline was slightly laboured but encapsulated the argument well: "An October revolt is plotted. Brown’s head is… Continue reading


Gordon Brown & The Smiths: Heaven Knows We’re All Miserable Now

3 September 2009 23:34

Here we go again, folks! It’s Plot Against Gordon time again. And so soon after the last one too! According to Martin Kettle, Labour’s conspirators are contemplating an October move… Continue reading


The Sun is Tasty, Venus is Very Green & Tom Cruise Was Japanese in a Former Life…

3 September 2009 22:32

I don’t know very much about Japan, but I hope we’ll hear more from Miyuki Hatoyama, the new Prime Minister’s wife. Japan’s new first lady is enlivening the nation’s grey-suited… Continue reading


A Nice Little War for Slow Learners: Is the Army Fit for Purpose?

3 September 2009 16:21

Most arguments about Afghanistan this summer quickly became another opporturnity to bash the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Defence. No surprise there and, of course, a good deal of… Continue reading


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