One Nation Republicanism?

18 November 2008 16:32

David Frum is leaving National Review to set up a new online venture called which will launch once Obama takes the oath of office in January. Frum explains himself… Continue reading


The Roman Obama?

18 November 2008 13:21

Mary Beard, in good form today: I’m surprised that no-one seems to have spotted an obvious Roman parallel for the success of Barack Obama. Or have I missed it? In… Continue reading

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Hillary’s Return?

18 November 2008 13:07

Ewen MacAskill reports that Hillary is indeed going to be Obama's Secretary of State. His report in the Guardian is entirely unsourced however – which is interesting because MacAskill is… Continue reading


The Best Little Brisket in Texas

18 November 2008 2:37

One thing I'd like to do next summer (if, that is, we have a summer) is devote some time to doing some proper BBQ. No surprise, then, that I was… Continue reading


She’s Back! (Maybe)

17 November 2008 18:08

I don't know. You go away for an internet-free weekend and everything seems more or less normal. You return and discover that there's much talk that Hillary Clinton could be… Continue reading


The Game is the Game

17 November 2008 14:23

My friend James Forsyth asks a daring question: "Will Peter Mandelson end up a National Treasure?" A crazy notion, you may feel, but not an impossible one! Now, of course,… Continue reading

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Sign of the Times

17 November 2008 12:57

Spotted at Edinburgh airport recently. Just in case, like, you weren't sure how to use a staircase.

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Probable Hiatus

14 November 2008 16:13

Another mini-break: I'm heading north to visit my sister. I've said it before, but it deserves saying again that she's the person to contact if you need or even just… Continue reading


The Hillbilly Vote

14 November 2008 2:53

The day after the Presidential election Matt Yglesias spotted this map that shows the counties across the country which swung towards John McCain this year. As you can see, there… Continue reading


Bush Saves Saakashvili…

13 November 2008 20:38

Well, sort of. According to this report from Charles Bremner in the Times: With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr Sarkozy told Mr Putin that… Continue reading


Choice is for me, not for thee

13 November 2008 18:46

Gabriel Sherman's written a very entertaining piece on the furious competition between Washington's elite private schools to enroll the Obama daughters next term. Enjoyable as it is, you may find… Continue reading


Four Characters in Search of an Author

13 November 2008 16:09

In his latest Life&Letters column for the Spectator, my father has some fun imagining how different novelists might have treated the Curious Affair of Mandelson, Osbourne, Deripaska and Rothschild. For… Continue reading

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The African (Beauty) Queen

13 November 2008 15:39

Oh dear. I been had. Then again, pretty much everyone else was fooled too. Remember the amusement – the frightening hilarity, you may say – occasioned by Sarah Palin's apparent… Continue reading


MPs to Media: You’re On Notice

13 November 2008 15:12

This week's (latest) head-in-hands, what-the-hell-is-going-on? moment comes courtesy of the Intelligence and Security Committee at Westminster. The Independent reports that: Britain's security agencies and police would be given unprecedented and… Continue reading


Charm City Cricket

13 November 2008 14:05

Accounts of cricket in the United States are always endearing, generally on account of the enthusiasm of the converts to the greatest game and the manner in which the poor… Continue reading

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An American PMQs?

13 November 2008 0:28

Peter Suderman endorses the idea that life in Washington would be considerably improved if the American president were subjected to some kind of equivalent of Prime Ministers' Question in the… Continue reading


Quote of the Day

12 November 2008 18:23

David Davis, in an interview with the New Statesman: "I mean you know what it's like, you've worked here, making a speech in the House of Commons is a very… Continue reading


Obama! The Opera!

12 November 2008 17:20

A friend emailed me this today. Some internet sleuthing tracked the original source to this forum. L’Obama, ossia L’Avvento del Messia Opera in Tre Atti Personaggi: Barracco Obama, Il Messia,… Continue reading


Obama and Iran

12 November 2008 16:32

Jonathan Freedland warns Guardian readers today that Obama is not a dove but, rather, a "smarter hawk". Fine. Here's how he summarises Obama's approach to Iran: The new disposition on… Continue reading


On Federalism and Subsidiarity

12 November 2008 16:03

John Schwenkler makes the case for modesty and humility in politics. That's to say, he'd like the United States to embrace federalism once again. As lont-time readers may recall, this… Continue reading


Newspapers and the Credit Crunch

12 November 2008 13:42

Some numbers that terrify anyone with any skin in the newspaper game, particularly in Scotland: Sales of the Sunday Herald are down 15% this year. More worrying still, if not… Continue reading


War and Memory

11 November 2008 12:48

"Take a trip through the British countryside and note the number of war memorials and be struck by the number of names on each of them. Once, these hamlets and… Continue reading


The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

11 November 2008 11:00

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the… Continue reading


Big Jacqui’s Just Looking Out For You

10 November 2008 14:35

All Home Secretaries are ghastly, of course. But Jacqui Smith may be an even greater nuisance than previous holders of the office. That's tough competition when you recall that the… Continue reading

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Further Adventures in Brave New Scotland

9 November 2008 18:36

Can this really be true? Why yes my friends it can. A teenager from Ayrshire who was caught posing with a sword on the social networking site Bebo has been… Continue reading