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


Is it ‘cos he is black?

9 November 2008 17:43

Like Clive Davis, I don't much mind that Peter Hitchens has some fun with the more extravagant claims being made for an Obama presidency. But then there's this: I was… Continue reading


The Verona Daily Mail

9 November 2008 10:20

Condensed Shakespeare: nation's tabloids report modern repeat of story of Romeo & Juliet under headline: KNIFE CRIME TOFF IN PAEDO SUICIDE PACT


Steampunk Newspapers?

8 November 2008 19:38

The future? If only… [Thanks, Megan]


Department of Bumper-Stickers

7 November 2008 19:15

With regard to the previous post, indefatigable commenter NDM has this to say: John Galt's The Member and The Radical, available in a handy combined edition from Canongate, are also… Continue reading


Tales from the House of Commons

7 November 2008 15:43

It's time for a new occasional series! I've been reading a collection of parliamentary sketches written by the Irish nationalist MP T.P O'Connor that chronicle the course of the Second… Continue reading


Glenrothes By-Election Stunner!

7 November 2008 0:10

It's all very well and good getting excited about the American elections. But let's face it, they were but the appetiser before today's Westminster by-election in Glenrothes. The Kingdom of… Continue reading


Bloggers & Ministers

6 November 2008 17:01

I'm glad Trixy reminded me about the startlingly daft speech Hazel Blears, the Communities Minister (whatever that means), gave to the Hansard Society the other day. Though the irrepressible Mrs… Continue reading


Obama’s Test

6 November 2008 14:12

Hope has a short half-life. Right now most of the world is simply happy to see an end to the Bush years. Even so, there's no denying that Obama generates… Continue reading


You mean Africa is, like, a continent?

6 November 2008 3:49

You betcha! According to Fox News’ Carl Cameron Sarah Palin wasn’t aware of this. Nor, he says, could she name the countries that signed NAFTA. Clue: there are only three.… Continue reading



5 November 2008 19:15

There's a rather odd notion in some circles that black people voting for Barack Obama on the grounds that he is black is itself somewhat racist. Here's Iain Dale for… Continue reading


When lunatics write…

5 November 2008 18:07

I'd wondered how Melanie Philips – Britain's pop-eyed, vein-bulging answer to Andy McCarthy and Stanley Kurtz – might react to the election of Barack Obama. Happily, she doesn't disappoint: Those… Continue reading



5 November 2008 14:01

Are you interested in technology and technology policy and politics? If so then you should zip on over to Julian Sanchez's new blog, Law & Disorder at Ars Technica. Goodness… Continue reading


Election Night Liveblog

4 November 2008 22:58

Live-blog and chat

4 November 2008 20:51

So this is where it all ends campers. That being the case it's only seemly to see out this marathon campaign with another live blog and chat extravaganza. That being… Continue reading


Jon Snow Tries to Get Me To Hope for a McCain Miracle

4 November 2008 19:54

Channel 4 News' anchor, Jon Snow, has just been talking about how electing Barack Obama means "America has come of constitutional age". Yes, really. Apparently none of those previous elections… Continue reading


As Goes Guam, So Goes the Nation

4 November 2008 17:50

The results from Guam are in and seem to indicate good times for two parties. That's to say the Democrats have turned things around in the Pacific, winning nearly 62%… Continue reading

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Election Open Thread

4 November 2008 16:19

So, readers, how has your election day been so far? What are you seeing out there? Cool stuff? Depressing revelations? Reassuring experiences? You can email me here. Also, I'm pondering… Continue reading


A View From Britain

4 November 2008 16:14

My friend Fraser Nelson waits until the last-minute before hopping aboard the Obama express and does so largely because he thinks Obama is likely to do some good in terms… Continue reading