Karl Rove and the Limits of the Presidency

30 April 2009 4:15

Karl Rove’s latest column is quite something. He writes that: Another emphasis in the Obama 100 days talking points is that the president is a decisive leader. However, Mr. Obama… Continue reading


The Unbearable Deliciousness of Minaret-Shaped Candy

30 April 2009 3:22

Like Mr Larison I wish Mr Salam had not cut this paragraph from this (excellent) piece on the popularity of the paranoid style: So despite the fact that Obama has… Continue reading


Obama and Cricket

30 April 2009 1:07

It’s true you know, Barack Obama does want to un-make the United States of America. First he takes a quick cricket lesson from Brian Lara, now he’s reading Joseph O’Neill’s… Continue reading


First Outing of the Coalition

29 April 2009 23:15

I thought the Cameron-Clegg show (or was it the Clegg-Cameron show?) provided us with an interesting new double-act today. Was this the dry-run for the coalition following the next election? The… Continue reading


Gurkhas: Parliament’s Shocking Display of Decency

29 April 2009 17:14

The shocking thing about the government’s defeat this afternoon is that it can be described as a shock at all. And parliamentarians wonder why they are viewed with, to put… Continue reading


The FT Turns On Thatcherism

29 April 2009 16:26

 A truly magnificent piece by Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times yetsterday. An extremely nuanced argument, which ends with the following paragraph: "One of Mrs Thatcher’s most famous phrases was:… Continue reading


Barack Obama and King Canute

29 April 2009 15:34

No-one would argue that Barack Obama is without ego. Then again, that’s also true of most politicians. Mark Steyn, however, objects that Obama "seems to see himself as Nelson Mandela… Continue reading


A Foreign Policy Film Festival

29 April 2009 14:58

Stephen Walt and Dan Drezner each list ten films they think merit inclusion in a Foreign Policy Film Festival since they shed some light, one way or another, upon international… Continue reading


Great GOP Victory! Arlen Specter Now Officially a Democrat!

28 April 2009 17:35

Well, you gotta hand it to them. The Republican party’s base finally got rid of Republican-In-Name-Only Arlen Specter. The Pennsylvania Senator has had enough and isn’t going to take it… Continue reading


The Great ID Card Con

28 April 2009 13:47

Identity Cards would be a Bad Idea even if there were any reason to suppose they would work. So I’m intrigued by the suggestion Pete mentions that this multi-billion pound… Continue reading


Republicans at 21% and Full Speed Ahead!

28 April 2009 13:29

Indefatigable commenter ConservativeCabbie argues: No doubt someone will report on the latest WaPo poll which shows Republican ID at 21% and use it as evidences of the GOP’s terminal decline.… Continue reading


Swine Flu and Decentralisation

28 April 2009 11:31

Actually, Tuesdays are now the best day for the NYT’s op-ed page since in addition to Ross there’s David Brooks. His column today is a good one, making the point… Continue reading


If Dick Cheney had won the Republican nomination last year…

28 April 2009 1:40

Ross Douthat’s debut column for the New York Times begins with a good joke, designed (one might think) to have the Upper West Side howling that all the talk of… Continue reading


The Swine Flu Shot

27 April 2009 22:48

After the jump, a series of American PSAs warning about Swine Flu, dating from 1976. The second of them features a soundtrack that sounds as though it more properly should… Continue reading


The Changing Face of Domestic Murder

27 April 2009 20:02

Consider this chart: As you can see, since 1976  there’s been a marked decline in the number of men murdered by their wives in the United States and a smaller,… Continue reading


Government Rules Out Recreating Workhouses, Debtors Prison Etc

27 April 2009 19:15

Sometimes it seems as though the British appetite for nostalgia can never be satisfied. On the other hand, it seems there are in fact limits to our willingness to recreate… Continue reading

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Janice Turner: Heroine of the People

25 April 2009 14:39

It’s not often you find a full-blown leftie on the pages of The Times (or any British newspaper come to that). But Janice Turner’s attack o the undeserving rich today… Continue reading


The Conservative Party’s Duty of Care to Christopher Galley

25 April 2009 14:13

For my views on the Galley case please go to my Index on Censorship blog post today.  My point is that whistleblowers almost always end up getting stuffed. They are… Continue reading


When Lost Blondes Get Mad…

25 April 2009 10:54

This is the set-up: “Penned up in the Mediterranean’s most infamous prison farm, beautiful young bodies subject to their cruel jailer’s every whim, these man-craving convict women joined forces with… Continue reading


Dolly Parton: Still Fab After All This Time

25 April 2009 1:24

A lovely piece on the Queen of the Smokey Mountains, Dolly Parton, by Jesse Green in this week’s edition of New York magazine. Here is the Backwoods Barbie in typically… Continue reading


St George’s Day: A Perfect Celebration of Inferiority

24 April 2009 23:04

The ersatz English pride expressed by the entirely bogus St George’s Day celebrations is deeply creepy. I hate it. Wandering through London this week and bumping into people wrapped in… Continue reading


Denying the Armenians

24 April 2009 20:20

So, as expected Barack Obama has reneged upon his campaign promise to call the Armenian genocide, er, genocide. Instead it’s "slaughter". Such are the prosaic demands of office. As Mike… Continue reading


The Gurkha Campaign

24 April 2009 16:04

No surprise, alas, that the government should still be trying to find ways to deny Gurkhas the right to live in this country. The most charitable interpretation of today’s announcement… Continue reading


Karl Rove Endorses Torture in Just 140 Characters

24 April 2009 2:46

This is where the Republican party is now. Karl Rove’s latest Tweet is this: Precautions taken 2 guarantee compliance w/ federal prohibition on torture. U might characterize diligence as overcautious.… Continue reading


Torture and Porn: Stuff You Know When You See It

24 April 2009 1:35

Not so long ago the American conservative movement denied that waterboarding and the other "enhanced interrogation techniques" used upon prisoners were anything remotely akin to torture. That line has shifted… Continue reading