The Kennedy Empire

22 May 2008 17:20

Remember: it's a Republic, not a Democracy. From the New York Daily News: Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate… Continue reading


Hillary of Harare

22 May 2008 13:03

In one sense there's little point in writing about Hillary Clinton anymore. She's lost. Still, if there is any truth to the notion, much-favoured by Washington reporters, that you can… Continue reading

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Further Tales from the Bold New Scotland

22 May 2008 12:45

It could have been worse, I suppose. There was a proposal that you'd soon need a special license to be permitted to purchase cigarettes in Scotland. Presumably this would be… Continue reading


Belgian BBQ in Memphis

21 May 2008 20:37

American breakfasts are pretty good, or at least as fine as can be expected from a meal that doesn't include black pudding. But there's no doubting that the United States'… Continue reading


Graph of the Day

21 May 2008 13:37

Courtesy of Danny Finkelstein: The red line shows Labour's approval rating since 2005, the blue John Major's 1992-97 ministry. Nuff said. (The bulge was the brief Brown Summer in which,… Continue reading


Giant Carnivorous Mice!

21 May 2008 0:41

Seriously: For tens of thousands of years, the birds of Gough Island lived unmolested, without predators on a remote outcrop in the south Atlantic. Today, the British-owned island, described as… Continue reading

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Line of the Day

20 May 2008 4:06

Jim Henley looks forward to the Libertarian Party convention this weekend. After a (very) brief trawl through the candidates he writes: That leaves Bob Barr, who could become the first… Continue reading


If Hillary had skipped Iowa?

20 May 2008 3:27

The Los Angeles Times’ Don Frederick claims Barack Obama has "disrespected" Kentucky by declining to campaign in the Bluegrass State. Does this mean he disrespected Guam too? More interestingly –… Continue reading


J is for Jardine (Who else?)

20 May 2008 2:40

Apologies for the (unconscionable?) delay in posting this latest installment. I know this has disappointed some of you. What can I say? Well, the truth is that Firefox ate this… Continue reading


Thoughts on a Test Match

20 May 2008 0:18

So, to no-one’s great surprise, the first test between England and New Zealand ended in a draw. Commendations are due Daniel Vettori for his bowling and Jacob Oram for the… Continue reading

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What Brown Hath Wrought

19 May 2008 21:19

That’s the latest Guardian/ICM poll. This is Labour’s lowest level of support since the poll began in 1984. There’s no obvious way out for Labour. Sure, they could ditch Gordon… Continue reading

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Country Polling

19 May 2008 17:23

More polling! This time it’s Setting the Woods on Fire who wants you to list your ten favourite country music artists. My off-the-top-of-my-head list, then, is: 1. Gram Parsons2. Waylon… Continue reading


Are You Watching Mr McCain?

19 May 2008 12:57

Blimey. Barack Obama addresses a crowd of 75,000 people in Oregon yesterday. Caveat: Remember all those stories about Howard Dean and the enthusiastic crowds he drew in the summer of… Continue reading

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Newspaper Days

19 May 2008 12:35

As I always say, Scoop isn’t really fiction. From John Gaskell’s obituary in the Telegraph today: Plagued by ill-health, Gaskell reduced his commitments to working half a week   so… Continue reading


Big Apple Cricket

19 May 2008 12:09

Looks as though I’m going to have to get Joseph O’Neill’s new novel Netherland. The NYT explains: The idea of publishing a novel in the United States about cricket gave… Continue reading


Adam Smith’s Hoose

16 May 2008 12:16

So, Panmure House, Adam Smith’s former Edinburgh home, has been sold. The ASI reports: Councillors in Edinburgh have approved the sale… to Heriot-Watt University. They chose the £800,000 bid over… Continue reading


Picture of the Day

14 May 2008 20:31

Skipper Neil Darling and his Selkirk team-mates celebrate after Monday night’s Border League final victory over Jed-Forest, bringing the title back to Philiphaugh for the first time in 55 years.… Continue reading


A Bluegrass Lament for Obama?

14 May 2008 20:10

Matt Zeitlin says the idea that Obama "needs" to win Appalachia is "just wrong". And, of course, he has a point when he writes that "It’s just true that Obama… Continue reading

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Obama’s Hillbilly Problem

14 May 2008 16:26

Via Ross, this map demonstrates the extent to which Obama has been crushed in Appalachia. The Redneck Arc shows the counties in which Hillary Clinton won more than 65% of… Continue reading


Mr Pooter Goes to Washington

14 May 2008 1:28

Say what you like about this United States Senate resolution, but it probably did less damage than most bills that make their way through Washington. IN THE SENATE OF THE… Continue reading


The Wendy (and Gordon) Farces Never Close…

14 May 2008 1:05

I wasn’t quite sure what to say about this. This being the Scottish Labour party’s latest attempt to finesse their position on the matter of an independence referendum. Happily, J… Continue reading


Where’s Blair?

13 May 2008 13:08

Of course he’s off saving the world or, as Robert Harris puts it today, "He is already on to the next big thing in his career, with the premiership (in… Continue reading


The Most Under-Rated US Presidents

12 May 2008 19:29

If the race to be considered the Most Over-Rated President in American history was won at a canter by Ronald Wilson Reagan, there was a much keener contest to earn… Continue reading

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The Most Over-Rated US Presidents

12 May 2008 19:27

Here’s the core finding of our quest to discover the Most Over-Rated and Most Under-Rated Presidents in US history: history has pegged Herbert Hoover absolutely right. Hoover was the only… Continue reading


Hillary: Situation excellent, I shall attack

12 May 2008 16:55

The question itching le tout Washington is simple: why won’t Hillary Clinton do the decent thing and quit? Well, my friend Mike Crowley has a grand piece in the latest… Continue reading

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