Meanwhile, in Scotland…

11 January 2009 16:43

Sometimes Scottish politics is far too exciting for its own good… An SNP pledge to give children free access to swimming pools is not being delivered, according to Labour. Scottish… Continue reading

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Tales from a Convert

10 January 2009 14:58

A friend of mine, once armed with impeccable progressive credentials, recently came out s a Conservative – much to the bemusement of his family and many of his friends. With… Continue reading


Et Tu Grover?

9 January 2009 16:08

Granted, no-one in their right mind would choose Michelle Malkin as a political standard-bearer. Or gate-keeper for that matter. Nonetheless, there is the awkward fact that she's extremely popular amongst… Continue reading


Karl Rove and the SNP

9 January 2009 14:45

I doubt many Nationalists would welcome the comparison but facts are stubborn things and the fact is that the SNP and Mr Rove have quite a bit in common. Just… Continue reading


The Cult of the Presidency

9 January 2009 14:13

Peggy Noonan is perhaps my favourite American political columnist. She’s on good form today, not least because she takes some time to make a point this blog has long favoured:… Continue reading


The Way We Were

9 January 2009 7:29

Mickey Kaus digs up an NYT article ($ needed for full access) from 1981 comparing the manufacturing of Ford Escorts at plants in Germany and at Halewood on Merseyside. It… Continue reading


How many types of libertarian can there be?

8 January 2009 19:03

Many, many, many. If the GOP increasingly suffers from a suffocating orthodoxy, the libertarian movement (if that's not an oxymoron) is amusingly/alarmingly/pedictably/irrelevently heterodox. As Brian Doherty explains: Joining the former,… Continue reading


The Limits of Reaganism

8 January 2009 16:14

At a recent debate, every single one of the candidates hoping to be the nest chairman of the Republican National Committee named Ronald Reagan as their favourite Republican president. In… Continue reading


The Envy of the World

8 January 2009 14:03

Further proof that the British economy remains better placed than any other to weather this turbulent, tempest-ridden economic sea: the Bank of England cuts interest rates to 1.5%, the lowest… Continue reading


Celtic Tiger De-clawed

8 January 2009 13:29

Tough times on the Emerald Isle: Dell is closing it's largest non-US manufacturing plant. This is not good news. Established in Ireland in 1990, Dell employed more than 4,500 staff… Continue reading


Earth vs Moon

7 January 2009 23:11

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were defenders. What's this, you ask? Just a map of the pair's wanderings on the moon, superimposed onto a football (soccer) pitch. As best one… Continue reading

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There Probably Isn’t A God But That’s No Reason To Make A Song And Dance About It…

7 January 2009 17:29

Rod Dreher asks: Why are the New Atheists so preachy Well that's easy: because, on the subject of religion they are crashing bores. More so, in fact, than their religious… Continue reading


Lessons on Taking a Compliment

7 January 2009 14:40

Yeah, even by writers' standards, John O'Hara could be touchy. Here's Alan Jacobs: Anyway, when Pal Joey was a big hit on Broadway in 1940 a couple of friends ran… Continue reading


Just Like Old Times

7 January 2009 14:36

English cricket in shambolic farce. It's like Scottish football, except more important.


Clintonian Revisionism

6 January 2009 18:51

In a post that otherwise makes good points, Matt Yglesias writes: The absence of giant blow-ups between the United States and our main NATO allies ought to count as a… Continue reading


Back on the “Special Relationship” Merry-go-round

6 January 2009 18:27

Sure as eggs is eggs, the arrival of a new American president heralds fresh fretting in the British press over the precise state of the so-called "Special Relationship". Today's text… Continue reading


Celebrity Big Brother

6 January 2009 17:15

Mr Eugenides keeps up with the latest news from the ghastliness so you don't have to.


The Scottish Tory Dilemma

6 January 2009 16:44

Someone needs to tell Tom Harris MP that the "Unionist" in the "Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party" referred to the Union with Ireland, not that between Scotland and England. Equally,… Continue reading


Harry Reid’s Miracle Cure

6 January 2009 15:03

There's something rather charming about the way the United States Senate names its bills. Granted, there's something laughable about it too, but let's focus on the entertainment for now. Here,… Continue reading

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Kids These Days…

6 January 2009 13:39

Coming to a Christmas cinema screen near you next year. It is a dream that has been shared by lovers across the centuries – the chance to elope to exotic… Continue reading


The Toughest Quiz You’ll Tackle All Year

6 January 2009 1:16

Lost amidst my Christmas hiatus was the annual brain-hurting attempt at the King William's College (Isle of Man) end of year quiz, thoughtfully published, as always, by those nice people… Continue reading


But Sometimes Change is Real

5 January 2009 17:55

Matt Yglesias correctly suggests that these photos are the Obamas attempt to reduce the "National Cuteness Deficit." But there's something else too: besides being charming, it's striking how these photographs… Continue reading


The Further Adventures of Lance Armstrong

5 January 2009 17:03

When he finally gets off his bike (again), does Armstrong see a future in politics? Looks like it. Interviewed by the Daily Beast he puts it like this: If you… Continue reading


This Britain

5 January 2009 16:06

Since coming to power in 1997 Labour has created 3,605 new ways for you to break the law. That's an average of 320 new offences a year or, to put… Continue reading


The Kennedy Interest

5 January 2009 14:01

The conventional wisdom seems to be that Caroline Kennedy is, as Nick Confessore puts it, "too big to fail" in her quest to succeed Hillary Clinton as the junior Senator… Continue reading