The Brideshead Fantasy: Union Division

24 January 2008 5:48

It mystifies me why so many Americans – even those blessedly untouched by any tedious Yankee Brideshead fetish – still seem to view the Oxford Union as a barometer of… Continue reading


Books you like; not merely books you use to show off…

24 January 2008 3:36

Norm wants to know your top ten favourite English-language novelists.  I ballsed my ballot up by forgetting to include William McIlvanney. No excuse for you not to do your bit… Continue reading

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Aged 10, I hated Don Bradman…

24 January 2008 3:29

Don’t get too excited. Blogging hiatus may not be entirely done with… Apart from anything else, finding more than 2,500 items on one’s RSS feed is enough to weary any… Continue reading


The View from My Window

8 January 2008 14:59

Currently lurking in the Scottish Borders; blogging hiatus likely to continue for a few more days. Trust y’all are flourishing and making the most of the New Year.


The Iowans Have It (Alas)

2 January 2008 5:17

No more than 10% of Iowans registered as either Republicans or Democrats are likely to turn out for Thursday’s caucuses. So The American Spectator’s Philip Klein is quite right to… Continue reading

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Americana: A Partial List

1 January 2008 8:16

Some things I will miss about America: Appalachia: music, people, landscapeThe WireAmerican libertarianism: not an entirely lost causeThanksgiving: America’s best, most civilised, holidayAmtrak sleeping cars and trans-America travel in general… Continue reading


Presidential Candidates Through the Lens of Wodehouse

1 January 2008 0:26

In my sourer moments I find myself persuaded that Bertie Wooster’s verdict on aunts also applies to politicians: "It is no use telling me that there are bad aunts and… Continue reading


Happy New Year

1 January 2008 0:01

I shall be seeing the New Year in at 30,000 feet en route to Edinburgh (pictured below) from Washington. I trust Aer Lingus will put on a decent spread… Meanwhile,… Continue reading

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Seeing out the old year with the Church of Scotland

31 December 2007 18:58

This being Hogmanay it’s appropriate to post a New Year’s address from the one and only Reverend I.M Jolly.  For anyone who grew up in 1980s Scotland, the late, great… Continue reading


The Glamour of the Skies…

31 December 2007 15:55

For the love of god… When will these clowns learn that the only way to ensure total security is to prevent people from getting on the plane in the first… Continue reading

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We have a winner!

31 December 2007 13:06

It’s a big ask, but someone has to write the worst article on the presidential election. Daniel Pipes steps up to demonstrate why the Republican party deserves to lose next… Continue reading


Her mother’s daughter, right enough

31 December 2007 11:46

The Clintons: a ghastliness that keeps on giving. Here’s Toby Harnden reporting from Iowa Speaking of Chelsea Clinton, it seems there’s no way she’s going to talk to journalists. "I’m… Continue reading


Merry Christmas Mitt…

31 December 2007 11:32

Of course, one is supposed to despair at this sort of negative campaigning even when, as in this case, it is directed against a candidate one loathes. But, really, I… Continue reading


Wodehouse Primary 2.0

31 December 2007 5:17

I have already mentioned my suspicion that few PG Wodehouse fans are likely to endorse Hillary Clinton. It is unhealthy for a Presidential candidate to remind one of Honoria Glossop… Continue reading


Caledonia calling…

30 December 2007 21:40

All good things come to an end. As some readers know, I’m leaving Washington DC this week (tomorrow in fact!) to return to Caledonia, stern and wild. Bittersweet reflections on… Continue reading


New blog alert!

30 December 2007 2:34

Hurrah! In addition to her blogging at Hit & Run the estimable Kerry Howley now has a blog of her own too. Which reminds me that I’ve been meaning to… Continue reading


End of year trivia

28 December 2007 20:24

That was the year that was 2007

28 December 2007 20:13

Most Depressing Political Argument of the Year: Whether the United States should be in the business of torturing people or not. Opera: Washington National Opera’s superb production of Janacek’s Jenufa… Continue reading

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John Edwards: nativist brute

28 December 2007 18:40

John Edwards on trade: After growing up in Carolina mill towns, John Edwards understands the devastating impact trade can have on workers and communities. That’s why he favours protectionist policies… Continue reading

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Taxi drivers prepare to flood America. Or, further evidence for Huckabee’s buffoonery.

28 December 2007 18:18

Via Andrew, here’s Huckabee on Benazir Bhutto’s murder: "We ought to have an immediate, very clear monitoring of our borders and particularly to make sure if there’s any unusual activity… Continue reading

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Hugh Massingberd: Hall of Fame Journalist

27 December 2007 6:37

Sad news. Hugh Massingberd, the man who did more to bring obituaries to life than anyone else, is dead. He qualifies as one of the great journalists of our age.… Continue reading

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Just here for the job: Question of the Day

26 December 2007 22:28

Part of Megan McArdle’s response to Kerry Howley’s excellent guest-worker article: But mostly, I worry about having a large number of people in the country who are, definitionally, not planning… Continue reading


Shakespeare: Fascist! Virgil: Fascist! Ovid: Un-Roman! Marlowe: Government Goon!

26 December 2007 21:28

I suppose one should probably read Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism before criticising it. On the other hand, why do the dreary work when Spencer Ackerman’s prepared to highlight the… Continue reading

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St Stephen’s Day Trivia

26 December 2007 16:53

Jane Austen fans should run on over to Norm’s place to tackle his Boxing Day quiz. This blog may yet have a few New Year teasers for you all.


Dick Cheney’s energy task force is transparent by comparison

26 December 2007 5:20

Interesting article by Elaine Sciolino in today’s New York Times on the brouhaha over the proposed expansion of Champagne’s AOC, increasing the number of communes legally permitted to grow grapes… Continue reading