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


Sending the Lockerbie Bomber Home

20 August 2009 14:42

I could have done without Kenny MacAskill talking quite so much about our values "as a people", if only because, as Fraser writes, we actually often do insist that prisoners… Continue reading


Meet the New Political Editor of the Jewish Chronicle

20 August 2009 12:46

I was delighted, not to say honoured, when Stephen Pollard approached me to become the political editor of The Jewish Chronicle. It is a great publication with a long tradition of campaigning for the… Continue reading


Localism Is Barred From Your Local

20 August 2009 12:05

One of the things that’s happened as a consequence of devolution is that sometimes Westminster finds itself following Holyrood. It’s almost as if the latter has actually become a mini-laboratory… Continue reading


Ukraine’s Got Talent

20 August 2009 2:31

Perhaps you’ve already seen Kseniya Simonova’s performance on Ukraine’s Got Talent. But if you haven’t, watch how she recounts the horrors of Ukraine’s experiences during the Second World War. With… Continue reading


Revisionist Labour Market History: Ulster Division

19 August 2009 18:36

This Reuters piece on hostility towards immigrants in Northern Ireland contains the, well, oddest paragraph I’ve read today: Historically, it was economic migrants from the largely Catholic Republic of Ireland… Continue reading


Latest Lockerbie Conspiracy: Megrahi is an SNP Agent!

19 August 2009 16:17

Well, sort of. If one only paid attention to what Hillary Clinton or (some of) the relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing said, you might gain the false… Continue reading


You Can’t Believe Everything You Read in the Swedish Press Either…

19 August 2009 12:54

So, in addition to everything else the Israeli Defence Forces are organ-hunters, feasting on the livers and kidneys of murdered Palestinians? From Haaretz: A leading Swedish newspaper reported this week… Continue reading


Logic, School Choice, Milton Friedman… And Polly Toynbee

19 August 2009 1:07

Unsurprisingly, Brother Nelson has a useful primer on some of the latest skirmishing over the Tories plans to introduce (in England) Swedish-style education reform. I’m also pleased he highlighted this… Continue reading


Mike Huckabee’s Middle Eastern Hucksterism

19 August 2009 0:04

First there was Mitt Romney and his plan to redouble his efforts to appeal to the Republican party’s nationalist base; now Mike Huckabee is in Israel doing much the same… Continue reading


Remember Kim Hughes?

18 August 2009 14:38

It’s important to remember that the Ashes is still tied at one test apiece. It’s not as though this has been a disastrous summer for English cricket. It just feels… Continue reading


When Zombies Attack…

18 August 2009 12:05

I’m far from being a zombie aficionado, but isn’t this obvious? If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly… Continue reading


Peter Mandelson and the Lockerbie Bomber

18 August 2009 1:45

No, there’s no connection. Liberal Vision’s Angela Harbutt has some fun suggesting that the Prince of Darkness has been on manoeuvres again, this time plotting to spring the Lockerbie bomber… Continue reading


Monarchy is Better than a Republic

17 August 2009 23:20

If you wrote this about a monarch it might seem a trifle silly; writing it about a mere politician is simply embarrassing. So, take it away Peggy Noonan: I always… Continue reading


The End of the Affair: America & Obama Fall Out of Love?

17 August 2009 19:29

So, it’s August and Barack Obama’s approval rating is barely above 50% and only 40% of Americans think the country is heading in the right direction. The President’s legislative agenda… Continue reading


Oh No! The Muslims Are Coming!

17 August 2009 14:14

Sure as eggs is eggs, you can count on some folk being terribly exercised each time it is "revealed" that lots of boys named Mohammed, or some variation of the… Continue reading


England Trott Towards Disaster

16 August 2009 17:47

So, the selectors have spoken. And what a dreary story they have to tell. The selection of Jonathan Trott (and the retention of Ian Bell) for the final test of… Continue reading


The Importance of Penance

15 August 2009 20:07

Following this excellent column at the Daily Beast, Bruce Bartlett, a veteran Republican whose credentials are established by his work for Jack Kemp, Ronald Reagan and Goerge HW Bush, emails… Continue reading


Saturday Morning Country: Patsy Cline

15 August 2009 12:23

Dolly Parton is a lady and Emmylou Harris is a dame, but Patsy Cline was a broad. A rootin’ tootin’ bar-room broad as fond of cussin’ as she was of… Continue reading

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Stand up for Jim Fitzpatrick

14 August 2009 23:01

Jim Fitzpatrick, the Labour MP for Poplar and Canning Town has probably just lost his seat to George Galloway who plans to challenge him at the next election. But Fitzpatrick was right… Continue reading


Mencken’s Thought for the Day

14 August 2009 17:38

Writing the diary column* for this week’s edition of the magazine, I can’t believe I failed to quote from HL Mencken. The insufferable nonsense provoked by what passes for a… Continue reading


The Most Heart-Warming Article You’ll Read Today

14 August 2009 16:45

I’d never heard of xeroderma pigmentosum until Bronx Banter alerted me to Rick Reilly’s latest ESPN column. I generally consider Reilly an intolerable jackass but this column is very good.… Continue reading


Osbourne’s Positioning

14 August 2009 15:25

I like it when Fraser gets, you know, all kind and helpful: Mr Osborne’s positioning is perfect. He has chosen the right trajectory, and is expressing the Tory mission in… Continue reading


Let the Alan Duncan Incident Be a Warning to You, Mr Cameron

13 August 2009 21:11

The last time I was invited to Alan Duncan’s office in the House of Commons I took a film camera with me. I didn’t hide it and took a film… Continue reading


Freeing the Lockerbie Bomber?

13 August 2009 16:12

Back when I worked at Scotland on Sunday I was never the Lockerbie Guy. Nor was I even the Lockerbie Guy’s Assistant. For years every paper needed a Lockerbie specialist,… Continue reading