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Maximum Wage? Not so much these days.

7 March 2008 2:35

Which footballer offers his club the best value-for-money? Easy. It’s Lionel Messi. Why? According to this Portuguese calculation he’s not one of the 50 best-paid footballers in the world. Lucky… Continue reading

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We are most certainly amused

7 March 2008 1:35

If it weren’t for the redoubtable Mr Poulos I might have missed this, the best headline of the year. Congratulations to the Washington Post sub-editor who came up with it.

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Hillary is “a monster”? What, like Freddie Krueger?

7 March 2008 1:22

Samantha Power is currently in the UK, promoting her new book. Somehow I don’t think this is quite the sort of message the Obama campaign is likely to find especially… Continue reading

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Rational government?

6 March 2008 14:51

Like Robin Hanson, I meant to blog these words of wisdom from Will Wilkinson last week. I say, again and again, that it is an embarrassing non-sequitur to argue that… Continue reading

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Hillary Clintons Duty to Quit

5 March 2008 20:25

The general view seems to be that Clinton needs to gain an edge in either the cumulative popular vote or, less probably, the pledged-delegate count if she is to have… Continue reading

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Clinton and Katyn

5 March 2008 18:59

It’s an election,  of course, so no card must be left un-played. Nonetheless, there’s something a little unseemly about trying to exploit war crimes and massacres for personal, political gain.… Continue reading

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The Limbaugh Effect

5 March 2008 17:13

Did Rush Limbaugh win Texas for Clinton? Dave Weigel crunches the numbers and finds that he quite possibly did. Hilarious.

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Brown Opens Barnett’s Box?

5 March 2008 16:34

Grrrr. According to the Telegraph Gordon Brown has announced a review of the Barnett Formula. Fair enough. It was, after all, designed as a temporary measure, updating the 19th century… Continue reading

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The morning after

5 March 2008 15:48

So a good night for Hillary Clinton last night but a better one for John McCain. Here’s what Obama had to say this morning: "I hope people start asking is… Continue reading

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Live-blogging Ohio, Texas and, er, Hamilton…

4 March 2008 21:18

The internet is all about niche, right? It’s clear to me that there’s an as yet unfilled opening for a blog that combines analysis of the latest shenanigans between Barack… Continue reading

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Obama on trade: still not as grim as Clinton?

4 March 2008 18:23

More on trade. Jagdish Bhagwati says that Obama’s better  – or, rather "a less disturbing prospect" – on trade than Clinton. He gives five reasons: First, Mrs Clinton, in an… Continue reading

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Oiks Welcome!

4 March 2008 15:22

Comments are good. It’s always nice to hear – and learn – from readers. So it was lovely to receive this comment from, appropriately, "Monoglot", on this post about Marion… Continue reading

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Joke of the Day

4 March 2008 14:42

This could be the most risible thing one’s seen yet from this risible government: The Labour Party has accused the BBC of bias towards the Tories. An official complaint has… Continue reading

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If you ain’t got family, what you got?

4 March 2008 6:10

Another sad tale of a writer essentially making up a memoir: In “Love and Consequences,” a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as… Continue reading

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We already have the NHS, do we need a DHS too?

4 March 2008 0:22

Earlier this year Con Coughlin argued in The Spectator: Clearly there is a need for the government to get a firm grip on all the various security challenges that might… Continue reading

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Photo of the Day

3 March 2008 23:07

Selkirk on the attack during Saturday’s tough 8-0 victory at Falkirk in the Scottish Cup. The club’s reward is a sixth round tie away to Haddington. (Away again!) (Photo credit:… Continue reading

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Bushism of the Day

3 March 2008 22:08

George W Bush’s malapropisms aren’t really terribly interesting anymore. (And, to be fair to the President, he’s a much better speaker now than he was eight years ago.) Still, this… Continue reading

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The Terrible Exchange Rate Gap…

3 March 2008 21:55

Larry Kudlow, who normally sees brilliance in every aspect of the Bush administration’s record, now sees only disaster. Here he is at The Corner: If Sen. John McCain wants to… Continue reading

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Doh is not a real word…

3 March 2008 20:02

But… The makers of Scrabble are going after the Indian boys responsible for the wondrous Scrabulous. What stupidity. Don’t they realise that Scrabulous has introduced the Facebook generation to the… Continue reading

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More Canadian Bacon

3 March 2008 18:41

The Canadians say the Clinton campaign has also told them that her abysmal campaign rhetoric should not be taken too literally. One hopes that is the case. This leads Noam… Continue reading

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The Democrats’ War on Canada

3 March 2008 18:22

Megan McArdle suggested last year that one way to choose a candidate was to look at their economic advisers and pick the candidate with the smartest team. That being so,… Continue reading

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This is your government boasting…

3 March 2008 13:26

Charles Moore in The Spectator: One of the running jokes in Private Eye used to be a list of benefits from some public service or other which included, inexplicably, ‘grapefruit… Continue reading

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I, Criminal

3 March 2008 13:11

Mr Eugenides has the details about how the Scottish government’s advertising campaigns presume that we’re all criminals. Depressing stuff. Mind you, when I saw this poster I assumed it was… Continue reading

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Will the real Dave Cameron please stand up?

2 March 2008 13:07

The British political and media classes are, naturally enough, obsessed with and fascinated by the American presidential election process. That leads to the temptation (always yielded to) of trying to… Continue reading

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The A Team

2 March 2008 11:40

It’s late on a fiercely cold evening with the rain lashing and the wind howling down the Yarrow valley. Obviously, then, it’s time for an exciting new Debatable Land series!… Continue reading

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