Glenn Beck to Unveil Plan to Save the American Republic

28 August 2009 17:32

I really don’t know what to make of this. As politics it’s bizarre, as a kind of performance art it’s mesmerising. And popular. More people watch Glenn Beck than Mad… Continue reading


Is Using a Minotaur to Gore Detainees a Form of Torture?

28 August 2009 14:45

Well is it? This is one of the great moral issues of our time. Happily, (after the jump) there’s a panel of experts available to debate the matter. The awful… Continue reading


On Clausewitz and the Art of Cricket

28 August 2009 0:51

Earlier this summer, at the end of a conversation on other matters, the (excellent) American blogger Kevin Drum asked for more cricket-blogging. I’m happy to oblige! He said he finds… Continue reading


Kentucky Fried Chicken Disappoints Glaswegians

27 August 2009 18:52

  According to the Los Angeles Times, KFC are bringing new finger-lickin’ goodness to market. This is the "Double Down" a sandwich made from: two Original Recipe fillets, bacon, Swiss… Continue reading


Hannan & Powell, Round 2

27 August 2009 16:32

Danny Finkelstein says my Churchill analogy is "cute" but wrong. Churchill had his flaws but is primarily remembered for getting One Big Thing Right; Powell had his qualities but is… Continue reading


Obama, Likud & Self-Loathing Jews

27 August 2009 16:08

Occasionally you hear or see or read people complaining that Barack Obama’s administration is openly hostile towards Israel and Israeli interests. The purported evidence for this attitude has never persuaded… Continue reading


A Romney Pipe Dream

27 August 2009 14:49

Anyone who wants to see Mitt Romney fail now should hope he follows the advice given by Lisa Schiffren and Peter Roff and runs for the now open Senate seat… Continue reading


Daniel Hannan & Enoch Powell: Spectacular Media Stupidity Guaranteed

26 August 2009 20:21

If a politician expresses admiration for Winston Churchill do you immediately think that he’s a great fan of, among other considerations, casual indifference to the Bengal famine, the use of… Continue reading


Who will succeed Kennedy as Master of the Senate?

26 August 2009 19:13

Patty Murray, Herb Kohl, Johnny Isakson, Michael Enzi, Mike Crapo, Jeff Bingaman, Tom Carper, Daniel Inouy, Thad Cochrane, Blanche Lincoln… You need to be a pretty keen political junkie to… Continue reading


Ted Kennedy’s Finest Speech?

26 August 2009 14:42

Well, his address to the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City is probably Kennedy’s most famous speech. It may not have been his finest hour but it was… Continue reading


The End of an Old Song: Ted Kennedy 1932-2009

26 August 2009 11:54

  There was plenty to dislike* about Edward Kennedy and some of the opprobrium he attracted was deserved. Some of it was also an honour: Kennedy was worth disliking and,… Continue reading


America’s Worst Congressman

25 August 2009 20:26

The loathsome Peter King is at it again. Speaking to Politico, he’s up in arms that some people think torturing prisoners is wrong. King, channeling both the sense of outrage… Continue reading


Obama’s Summer Reading List

25 August 2009 17:58

Since we’re speaking of lists and, you know, it’s still August, Barack Obama’s summer reading list  is a mixture of the good (George Pelecanos) the middlebrow (David McCullough) and the… Continue reading


Movie List Mania!

25 August 2009 16:43

So, a big hello to Cappuccino Culture, the Spectator’s new culture blog where I see Pete has reposted the list he helped compile for the Spectator’s 50 Essential Films supplement.… Continue reading


Welcome to Guardian Country…

25 August 2009 14:32

From the Guardian’s Comment is Free today: 1. Cuba is an inspiring country for Americans like me to visit – and going there is an important act of civil disobedience… Continue reading


How Conservative is The Wire?

25 August 2009 13:27

Thanks to Brother Hoskin for mentioning Chris Grayling’s bizarre comparison of urban Britain with the Baltimore of The Wire. Bizarre not because there aren’t problems in Britain but because he’s… Continue reading


Special Relationship Fretting: Cui Bono?

25 August 2009 13:06

There’s no need for me to take pro-American lessons from anyone but that doesn’t mean I necessarily or secretly want to be American. That can’t be said of everyone on… Continue reading


Trotting Towards Victory

25 August 2009 11:56

Sorry for the light posting: a house full of friends and family explains that. Normal peace and quiet has returned this morning. Which means that, yes, as some readers have… Continue reading


Amazon & Wodehouse

25 August 2009 10:55

The thinking is, I suppose, that this book is about a valet and Wodehouse’s writing featured a gentleman’s gentleman too. Plus, he did make those unfortunate recordings while held prisoner… Continue reading


Lockerbie & Occam’s Razor

24 August 2009 13:06

So, I’ve got this correct, the initial reaction to Kenny MacAskill’s decision to free the Lockerbie bobmber was that this demonstrated nothing but the SNP’s provincialism. Small-toon politicians desperate to… Continue reading


The Great Libya Folly

22 August 2009 11:41

The Guardian has arranged a group of "leading thinkers" to give their views on the release of Abdelbasset al-Megrahi from prison on compassionate grounds. There is a quite a split in… Continue reading


Lockerbie and the Special Relationship

21 August 2009 12:30

One of the most tedious aspects of the UK-US relationship is the fretting that happens in Britain each and every time something happens that could possibly be construed as "damaging"… Continue reading


That Philip Hammond Email in Full

21 August 2009 8:11

There was some interesting discussion on the subject of interns after my post last night about the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury’s attitude to the use of free labour… Continue reading


Lockerbie Decision: The Backlash Begins

20 August 2009 17:44

I was wrong. I argued that people can disagree in good faith on the question as to whether Kenny MacAskill was correct to let Abdebaset Ali al-Megrahi return to Libya… Continue reading


Visions of Life Under a Tory Government

20 August 2009 17:42

A fascinating post on the Interns Anonymous website. This brilliant organisation is devoted to exposing the pernicious growth in the use of free labour. It shares many of the aims… Continue reading