Barack Obama, Isolationist!

15 July 2008 15:29

Really? Says who? Says Jamie Kirchick in a piece at Standpoint. Kirchick hangs this dubious thesis upon a single shoogly nail: If the Democrats learned a lesson from their last… Continue reading


Bureaucracy Creep

15 July 2008 13:50

Apparently the US government’s “terrorist watch-list” now runs to more than a million names. How useful can it be then? Let’s see, shall we? The Justice Department’s former top criminal… Continue reading


Wodehouse on TV?

15 July 2008 13:30

In response to this post, a reader asks how did I like the Fry and Laurie TV adaptations? Well, only up to a point is my answer. They are, probably,… Continue reading


Vive La France!

14 July 2008 13:59

This one’s for my French friends and readers. Here’s Yves Montand singing Les Feuilles Mortes. Wonderful stuff.


Outrage Up to 11!

14 July 2008 4:29

Jesus, people, would you get a grip? Apparently there is bipartisan outrage over this week’s very amusing New Yorker cover: Obviously the New Yorker, that bastion of shoddy journalism and… Continue reading


A Wodehouse Reader

14 July 2008 1:32

A correspondent has a confession and a question: “I have, shamefully, never read Wodehouse and want to read all the Bertie and Jeeves stories. But where does one start?” There… Continue reading


Blogging Beckett

13 July 2008 20:14

Noah Millman, one of my favourite bloggers, on Brian Dennehy appearing in Krapp’s Last Tape: It’s a marvelously devastating bit of theater, as Beckett should be.Krapp’s Last Tape is –… Continue reading

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13 July 2008 12:40

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New Labour Gets Ruthless

13 July 2008 1:21

Labour’s latest approach to crime: Plans to ‘shock’ knife carriers Not quite what it seems admittedly, even though wouldn’t surprise you if these clowns did suggest we start electrocuting teenagers,… Continue reading


Jack Russell

11 July 2008 23:31

That’s the wicket-keeper not the misanthropic terrier. In the light of my defence of Ian Bell, a reader asks if I could write something about Gloucestershire’s Jack Russell. Certainly! Jack… Continue reading


Win One for the Zither!

11 July 2008 21:11

Via Isaac Chotiner, I see The Times’ movie critics have compiled a list of the “Top 20″ movie endings of all time. Isaac is more enamoured than I am of… Continue reading


Ian Bell

11 July 2008 19:52

What is it about Ian Bell? By which I mean, why does the poor fellow arouse such animosity? No other player in the current England team sees his failures magnified… Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Crowds

11 July 2008 14:55

So what are the best (and worst) things since sliced bread? Danny Finkelstein reveals all and, frankly, it’s tough to argue with the findings. Pleased too, to see the TV… Continue reading


The Two Scotlands

11 July 2008 13:51

This post by my old friend Fraser Nelson is the best thing I’ve read so far about the Glasgow East by-election: It is tragic comic to see Labour taking such… Continue reading


Older? Wiser? Not so much…

10 July 2008 13:20

Good grief. Just to be clear, if you’re the Prime Minister and some hack puts it to you, idiotically, that “Some women say you remind them of Heathcliff”… you do… Continue reading

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David Davis and Obama

9 July 2008 22:48

Matt Yglesias writes: the reality is that as long as Obama thinks he’s going to be wielding executive authority, he’s going to be useless as a check on out-of-control executive… Continue reading


Department of Free Markets Being Better than Black Markets

9 July 2008 11:52

A BBC Scotland documentary on organ sales is on TV tonight. The reporter discovers, shockingly, that: There is a black market in kidneys here in the UK. I secretly filmed… Continue reading

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Cameron’s Spiffing New Party?

9 July 2008 11:46

Reihan: If [David] Cameron embraced an agenda like the one outlined in Grand New Party, he would likely be accused of being a libertarian radical hellbent on destroying the most… Continue reading


Hello Readers!

8 July 2008 2:46

I don’t know who you are and I have, bless, no idea how you ended up here but for some strange reason I am happy that this blog is where… Continue reading

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What we have lost…

8 July 2008 2:02

One’s not supposed to say this, but by god it’s boring since Hillary was beaten… (Ditto, though in a minor key, Romney’s defeat. He was at least, like Hillary, properly… Continue reading


Department of Correction

8 July 2008 0:59

I may have been too harsh recently. I scoffed at the idea of a lettuce “bolting” and made merry with the New York Times leader writer who suggested that, now… Continue reading


Why do Americans love guns?

8 July 2008 0:58

I am puzzled. Puzzled that is, by the British attitude towards America’s gun culture. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s (in my view) common sense ruling that the 2nd… Continue reading


Annals of Leader Writing

7 July 2008 15:59

Newspapers are comfortable places to work. True, you find yourself working with a disturbing number of misfits and socially inadequate neurotics. But there are compensations. For instance, there are few… Continue reading



7 July 2008 12:26

Apparently Facebook has a new “blog network” facility. To what end, I know not. That’s not the point, surely? Anyway it’s obvious that good things must come of this somehow,… Continue reading

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Your American Right

6 July 2008 12:55

Words fail me: re: Civics  [Kathryn Jean Lopez] A totally crazy Saturday-morning thought: Wouldn’t George W. Bush make an awesome high-school government teacher? Wouldn’t it be something if his post-presidential… Continue reading