Rating the Presidents

29 April 2008 14:15

Shamelessly plundering the idea from Norm, it’s time for an exciting new development here at Debatable Land HQ: Polling! Yes, indeed… And given that this is a Presidential election year… Continue reading


What Bush Hath Wrought

29 April 2008 13:54

Via Marc Ambinder, this graph is not, shall we say, good news for the Republican party’s long-term prospects. Sure, some of these young voters will likely drift to the right… Continue reading


Your Obesity Epidemic Explained

29 April 2008 12:27

This paragraph tells you most of what you need to know: The Scottish Government wants all primary schools to offer two hours of physical activity for all children each week… Continue reading


The Starboard Enterprise

29 April 2008 1:18

Understatement of the Day: Learning a valuable lesson from his predecessors, Friedman is an incrementalist. "I want to talk about what to do this year, not how to colonize the… Continue reading


When Colour Is Worth 10,000 Words

29 April 2008 0:50

Marty Peretz links to this Daily Mail account of an exhibition of photographs taken in wartime Paris which is, for obvious reasons, a matter of some debate in France. And… Continue reading


War Minus the Shooting is Not Actually War

28 April 2008 15:21

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the pundit seeking heft to support his argument must eventually turn to George Orwell. This is, for sure, often a wise decision since… Continue reading

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The Evolution of a Politician

27 April 2008 22:51

Mike Crowley highlights Hillary Clinton’s changing style: April, 1993: "We need a new politics of meaning. We need a new ethos of individual responsibility   and caring. We need a… Continue reading


Boris and Ken and George and Zippy. Plus Bungle of course.

26 April 2008 12:45

Saturday Entertainment: the London mayoral candidates’ Newsnight debate synched to, of all things, Rainbow. It all makes more sense now… Hat-tip: Iain Martin


Department of Common-Sense

25 April 2008 18:31

Sometimes the news isn’t terrible: A doctor caught with 14 ecstasy tablets at a music festival has been allowed to keep his licence to practise. A General Medical Council panel… Continue reading



24 April 2008 13:53

Actually, in the circumstances Gordon Brown may have done about as well as he could have at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday. But still, as this edited footage demonstrates, Brown was… Continue reading

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Argentina Shock: Good News!

24 April 2008 13:03

Argentina is one of my favourite countries, so it’s especially pleasing to note that, for once, there’s some happy news from that melancholy land. Cato’s Juan Carlos Hidalgo reports that… Continue reading


Waffling in Pennsylvania and in Print

24 April 2008 0:41

On the other hand, PJ O’Rourke isn’t the only one to have lost it. Consider, for instance, Maureen Dowd’s latest column: Is he [Obama]skittish around her [Clinton] because he knows… Continue reading

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Republican Party Busboy

24 April 2008 0:10

Um, whatever happened to PJ O’Rourke? Once upon a time he was funny, even deliciously so. Of course it’s harder for a humourist to shine when his side is in… Continue reading


Cry Heffer for England and St George…

23 April 2008 17:57

Happy St George’s day, English readers. To mark the occasion, the Telegraph offers us Simon Heffer, the would-be John Wilkes of our times, to declare the Union "as good as… Continue reading

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Public to Hillary and Barack: Put Us Out of Our Misery

23 April 2008 2:30

I’m actually watching the Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey game* (hurrah for NASN!) but this Marc Ambinder post on the Pennsylvania primary was enough to raise an eyebrow: High Turnout… Continue reading


Corker, Shumble, Whelper and Pigge would be proud…

23 April 2008 1:13

Congratulations to Joe Bavier, a Reuters correspondent in the Congo. You could work years in this trade and never get to tap out an intro like this: KINSHASA (Reuters) –… Continue reading


A Wordsworth Day

22 April 2008 20:13

In honour of the nicest day of the year so far: I wander’d lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o’er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a… Continue reading


H is for Hard Decisions (And Some Easy Ones)

22 April 2008 6:04

After  Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter,  Edrich,  Fry and Gower it is clearly time for Len Hutton’s lads to take the field. This, I submit, is a pretty strong ‘H’ XI.… Continue reading


Rupert Murdoch’s Curious NATO Vision

22 April 2008 2:55

From James Joyner: News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch says that NATO is in a “crisis of confidence” because Western Europe is “losing its faith in the values and institutions that… Continue reading


Italy: Screwed-up but not as screwed as you think

22 April 2008 2:07

Matt Yglesias writes: For such a nice country, Italy’s politics seem weirdly screwed up. There’s the famous instability of the governments, of course. And then there’s the fact that their… Continue reading


When Charlie Rose Met Sam Beckett

21 April 2008 16:36

Filmmaker Andrew Filippone Jr imagines a pseudo-Beckettian edition of The Charlie Rose Show:


Defending San Francisco!

21 April 2008 12:59

I see that heaps of folks are having fun with this sign, recently displayed at a pro-Tibet rally in San Francisco: It is possible of course, that our friend here… Continue reading


Coming of Age

18 April 2008 14:48

Er, I’m the subject of this week’s Normblog profile. It’s here.


G is for Gower

17 April 2008 1:01

Well, better late than never, here’s the long, even keenly, awaited G XI. No excuses for its late arrival, but comfort yourselves with the thought that you’ll have less time… Continue reading


To Hell in a Handcart, And Make it Snappy

16 April 2008 17:33

Neill Harvey-Smith reports from the trenches of the Health and Safety salient. It’s a desperate, dangerous place.