I'd been meaning to blog about the Canadian elections but then realised that, dash it, despite Canada actually being an interesting place stocked with charming, affable people I really didn't… Continue reading
Here’s video of Jacqui Smith’s contemptible performance in the Commons last night. Basically, she says that if you don’t support giving the police carte blanche then you’re on the terrorists’… Continue reading
Peers reject the notion that it's fine to lock people up for six weeks without even telling them why and how does the Home Secretary respond? Well, yet again, by… Continue reading
At Culture11 today, I've a piece offering, however impertinently, some advice to the Republican party.That is to say, I suggest five lessons they could learn from the Conservatives' revival in… Continue reading
A classic theme from Ronald Reagan in 1984. And, of course, an ad designed to drive trades union members into an apopleptic fit.
Can anyone explain why Apple thinks it's fine* to charge one £800 for a new MacBook that arrives without a proper freakin' word processing programme? This seems to be a… Continue reading
Is this the most famous presidential ad of all? Perhaps! Anyway, we’re back in 1964 and LBJ wanrs that Barry Goldwater will end up incinerating your children. Tough stuff.
Like Norm, I am entirely unsurprised by this: The Phrase "it's not cricket" is reverberating again around state school classrooms. Good old-fashioned cricketing values have prompted an improvement in behaviour… Continue reading
Commenting on this post, a reader asks: What does this do to Gordon Brown's political future? He sure looks like a world leader as the rest of the world falls… Continue reading
Autumn. Mists and mellow fruitfulness and all that. The River Ettrick, as seen from the bridge at Selkirk.
The issue of whether the state can lock-you up indefinitely for up to 42 days without even the courtesy of telling you why is back. Happily, the House of Lords… Continue reading
This is going to upset a lot of people… Paul Krugman wins the Nobel Prize for Economics. I can't wait for the loopy-right to complain that even when the Nobel… Continue reading
Quote of the day comes from Chris Dillow: Everyone knows centrally planned economies are a stinkingly bad idea. The lesson of the collapse of many banks is that centrally planned… Continue reading
The big news, obviously, is the collapse of RBS as an independent entity, now that the government is going to pump in as much as £20bn and take 60% of… Continue reading
Michael Brendan Dougherty, splendid as always, brings it: At the end of the day, the arguments all seem to boil down to something similar: If it were more like me,… Continue reading
There would have been more – and better – blogging in these parts recently if I hadn't been helping to look after my niece, Florence, lately. She was, alas, suffering… Continue reading
I’ve been down on John McCain for quite a while (but, heck, so have a lot of people!) but despite the ugliness of his campaign he shows the better side… Continue reading
The most depressing thing I've read today (so far): Many large US cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Seattle apparently never thought to ban the… Continue reading
Sarah Palin on Barack Obama and Bill Ayers today: This pattern raises serious questions about Senator Obama's judgment. It raises serious questions about his truthfulness. But there is no question… Continue reading
Who won? Well, Obama of course. That's not just my impression. Or yours. It's also the view of the lads* at Election Debates where grizzled debating veterans from Australia, the… Continue reading
Will Wilkinson has some fun with Naomi Klein's latest nonsense. Naomi Klein says [the financial crisis discredits neoliberalism]. Or she wants it to. She thinks it discredits Milton Friedman in… Continue reading
Unionists of course. That. at any rate, is Alan Cochrane's argument in the Telegraph today. With his acknowledged acumen in this field, Mr Salmond has tried to put himself at… Continue reading
Via the estimable Chris Dillow, here's James Delingpole on Ian Hislop: I think he’s a bit like Jeremy Paxman — another of those handsomely remunerated, public-school-educated presenters who believes in… Continue reading
Frank Sinatra cuts an ad for Hubert Humphrey in 1968 and they don’t even ask him to sing? And what’s with the Mafia Don setting? Strange.
There's plenty one could say about National Review's blog The Corner. If nothing else it affords a grim panorama of the decline of the American conservative movement. Decline, at least,… Continue reading