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


I am Michael Common*

5 January 2009 13:06

And so it continues. Not content with discovering "passive" smoking, the health boffins have now discovered something called "third-hand smoking"  – all the better, presumably, to drive the last remaining… Continue reading

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Chump of the Day

5 January 2009 12:32

The National Gallery of Scotland needs to raise £50m to prevent the sale of Titian's Diana and Actaeon from being sold. The painting, part of the Bridgewater Collection, has been… Continue reading


Good News* from Somalia

4 January 2009 22:58

For once. Also, for once, good news for a newspaper. Colin Freeman, the Sunday Telegraph's chief foreign correspondent has been freed 40 days after he and his photographer, Jose Cendon,… Continue reading

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Halls of Fame

4 January 2009 22:43

In general, I suppose I don't have too much against the idea of a cricket Hall of Fame though given that we've managed to get along fine without one for… Continue reading

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Further Adventures in Live-Blogging

4 January 2009 17:09

We were here for the primary debates last year. We covered Obama vs Clinton. We live-blogged the Presidential debates and we dared not miss Biden vs Palin. But all of… Continue reading


Mr Pennyfeather finds a new job

4 January 2009 14:48

You probably heard about the new school in Sheffield that won't call itself a school because that word has "negative connotations". Watercliffe Meadow will instead call itself a "place of… Continue reading


Obituary of the Day

4 January 2009 14:26

Some New Year cheer, courtesy of the Daily Telegraph's obituaries column. The deceased, in this instance, is Lady Anne Cavendish-Bentinck, one of Britain's largest landowners who, had she not been… Continue reading


Mr Webb Returns To Washington

4 January 2009 14:16

There were all manner of reasons for Barack Obama to pick someone other than Jim Webb as his running-mate (though there was a case to be made for Webb too).… Continue reading


Transatlantic Differences

3 January 2009 23:57

There are times when it's good to be away from the hurly-burly of American politics. Doubly so when the subject of gay marriage comes up. Here, for instance, is a… Continue reading


And so to 2009…

3 January 2009 23:26

Back then and not before time. Or, rather, back rather sooner from a holiday hiatus than was the case last year. Anyway, I hope you all had a splendid Christmas… Continue reading


The Continuing Hiatus

29 December 2008 3:04

If my RSS feed is anything to go by, American bloggers are much keener about blogging between Christmas and Hogmanay than are their British counterparts. Good for them, I dare… Continue reading


Merry Christmas

24 December 2008 14:23

So, here it is again. Well, here's wishing all friends and readers out there a most jolly Christmas. May it be all you dare hope it could be. Blogging to… Continue reading


Whither the Drug War?

22 December 2008 18:29

Mike Crowley asks whether Barack Obama will offer any "substantial" change to America's drug policy. There's an easy, short answer to that: No. At least, during the campaign Obama offered… Continue reading


The Kennedy Difference

22 December 2008 18:17

John Judis: I think it would have made most sense for Barack Obama to have appointed Caroline Kennedy a delegate to the United Nations in the manner of Shirley Temple… Continue reading


Today’s Question

21 December 2008 19:32

Why has the United States never produced a great darts player?


Why don’t you just cancel the bus service?

19 December 2008 20:13

It's good to see that not every sector of the economy is knee-capped by the "credit crunch". So hurrah for NHS Lothian who are advertising this exciting opportunity: Job Title:… Continue reading


Alternative Titles

19 December 2008 19:42

As mentioned in this post on the best newspaper corrections of the year, the Guardian acknowledged that Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude not, as the paper… Continue reading