Question of the Day

31 July 2008 19:53

Courtesy of the BBC: It’s the stuff of science fiction, but could mirrors in space or sea water sprayed in the air be shortcuts to halt global warming? What do… Continue reading


Alea Iacta Est

31 July 2008 19:34

Yesterday I wondered if David Miliband was aiming to be Labour’s William Hague. Today it seems that he’s more likely to be the second coming of Michael Portillo. His bizarre… Continue reading

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Microtrends: Broad Church Division

31 July 2008 16:53

Good news for libertarian Wiccans: it’s now safe to vote for Bob Barr.


McCain tells America: you’ll like Obama and even if you don’t you’ll be fascnated by him…

31 July 2008 15:57

As Time’s Michael Scherer writes, McCain’s decision to portray Obama as nothing more than a flashy celebrity better known for being famous than for any great achievement is, well, strange.… Continue reading

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Evangelicals and McCain

31 July 2008 14:43

George W Bush wouldn’t have beaten Al gore or John Kerry without being able to rally evangelical Christians to the polls. Right now folk are concentrating on McCain’s foolish adverts… Continue reading


Miliband Day 2

31 July 2008 11:34

Since Camilla Cavendish makes some points in her Times column today that are similar to some I made about David Miliband’s leadership challenge yesterday, I obviously think she’s written a… Continue reading


Quizzing Obama

31 July 2008 0:15

Radley Balko, one of my favourite journalists, has a list of questions for Barack Obama that the candidate will never, obviously, be asked. These range over matters as varied as… Continue reading

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What is wrong with England?

30 July 2008 19:57

A dismal day at Edgbaston that took one back to the grim, hapless days of the late 1980s and almost the entire 1990s. Yes, England really were that bad. Batting… Continue reading

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Blogging Orwell

30 July 2008 19:24

This is really rather splendid: starting next month, George Orwell’s diaries will be published on the web, one day at a time, 70 years after they were written. Harry’s Place… Continue reading


Obama: Saviour of the World?

30 July 2008 14:49

I suppose it must irritate liberals that the press has picked up on the conservative claim – or meme – that Barack Obama is, even by the lofty standards of… Continue reading


Miliband’s Moment?

30 July 2008 14:25

No, I don’t think so. Do you? Really? On the other hand, Danny Finkelstein thinks that David Miliband’s piece in the Guardian this morning signals his determination to be a… Continue reading

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Cricketing Replay

30 July 2008 13:44

Regular readers may not be surprised that I’m sceptical of the benefits of the new referral system being trialled in the Sri Lanka-India series. This morning’s events at Edgbaston demonstrate… Continue reading


Brown’s Downfall

30 July 2008 10:28

Obviously, there’s lots to say about the Glasgow East by-election result. We’ll get there eventually. But in the meantime here, via Iain Dale, is an updated version of Gordon Brown… Continue reading


Greece is the place

30 July 2008 9:29

OK, so I’m back. I can confirm that anyone wishing a delightful week, free of the grimey concerns of everyday life, could do an awful lot worse than spend it… Continue reading

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Hague on Blair (and Brown)

24 July 2008 11:56

It’s possible I have posted this before, but William Hague’s riff on Tony Blair becoming “President of Europe” also bears another viewing:


Department of Appalling Self-Promotion

23 July 2008 9:17

Iain Dale wants you to vote for your favourite political blogs (written by Britons or furriners resident in the United Kingdom). Obviously this means you can vote for this one.… Continue reading


Facebook fun

23 July 2008 7:39

A wee reminder: Facebook now permits you to sign up as a “fan” of this blog. It’s not altogether clear what the point of this is but it seems certain… Continue reading

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Disaster in the Land of the Long White Cloud

22 July 2008 2:29

Yes, I know I have posted this before, But, dang it, I’m sailing around Corfu. And anyway, Left Arm Chinaman’s blu-tak recreation of England’s horror-show in New Zealand last winter… Continue reading


Lessons in Journalism

21 July 2008 16:39

This is how you do not interview Hollywood actresses. Newsweek meets Gillian Anderson: I’ve got to confess. I don’t know anything about “The X-Files.” OK. Why is it such a… Continue reading

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Gone sailing

21 July 2008 11:55

Blogging will be light this week. In fact, apart from a few things I’ve prepared to keep the place ticking over, it will be non-existent. I’m sailing around Corfu, courtesy… Continue reading


Onwards and upwards to the Ryder Cup!

21 July 2008 0:38

OK, one more golf comment… No-one anticipated Europe’s crushing victory at Oakland Hills in 2004 and precious few more thought that the 2006 edition of the Ryder Cup at the… Continue reading


Congratulations Padraig!

20 July 2008 18:30

So the old Claret Jug is staying in Ireland for another year. The list of people since 1945 who have retained the Open Championship is: Bobby Locke, Peter Thomson, Arnold… Continue reading

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Department of Regulation

20 July 2008 14:30

Matthew Yglesias, libertarian? Well, sort of. (He’s right of course.)

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Shark Attack

20 July 2008 11:51

American golf writers are a rum bunch. Here, for instance, is Damon Hack, late of the New York Times and currently berthed at Sports Illustrated: Norman could be on the… Continue reading


Headline of the Day

18 July 2008 19:54

From the Daily Telegraph: Could Helen Mirren’s bikini start a revolution? The usual rule is, as you know, that the answer to any question posed in a healine is almost… Continue reading