A Manifesto I Can Sign!

9 June 2008 19:40

In broad terms I agree with Will Wilkinson here: Should you be a state-smashing radical or a milquetoast piecemealer? I don’t know. The debate over reformism versus radicalism is never-ending.… Continue reading

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Obama: Better than a Mere Messiah

9 June 2008 15:37

A friend in San Francisco sent me an article that, I suspect, has to be the best thing written about Barack Obama yet. Mark Morford, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist… Continue reading

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No Country for Young Men (or Women)

9 June 2008 15:16

Scotland on Sunday's splash yesterday highlighted a report to the UN written by from the country's Children's Commissioner which presents a ghastly, even dystopian vision of Scotland as being, it… Continue reading

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When a wink is better than a policy proposal.

9 June 2008 14:58

What accounts for John McCain's popularity? By which I mean, of course, his popularity amongst the press and television pundit class. After all, by some conventional measures, McCain is a… Continue reading


Adopting Mencken’s Definition of Democracy

8 June 2008 13:30

The government's proposals for incarcerating suspects for up to 42 days before being required, however inconveniently, to produce a charge are, naturally, appalling. How can you be so sure? Well,… Continue reading

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Annals of Punditry

7 June 2008 13:10

Euro 2008 starts today and happily we're spared the agony of watching Scotland play. The BBC are doing their best to persuade us that even a tournament "without England" might… Continue reading


Former PM Offers Sanity (Obviously it ain’t ACL Blair)

7 June 2008 12:30

I suspect that MPs are sufficiently craven – and willing to put the government's political prospects ahead of any petty concerns about principle or, god help us, justice – that… Continue reading


Question of the Day

6 June 2008 19:12

Is the Scottish Parliament building more of  "a poured-concrete Vogon love poem" than Boston's city hall?


The Trials of Guantanamo

6 June 2008 17:56

From a WaPo dispatch from the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed: Mohammed appeared to have equal disdain for the process, but he only briefly mentioned his "torturing" at the hands… Continue reading


O tempora, o mores!

6 June 2008 15:46

Guardianista logic: I like classics I think classics should be promoted Boris Johnson promotes the classics Boris Johnson is a toff Boris Johnson is therefore damaging the classics The classics… Continue reading


Department of Parochialism

6 June 2008 12:55

Headline of the Day: The Bronx is More Than Just Yankee Stadium Who knew? No surprise there. Except that the newspaper running this story in its travel section is… The… Continue reading


Bring Me the Head of…Michael Ballack

6 June 2008 12:05

Even I, a fan of robust tabloid journalism, have to wonder if this might be going just a little bit far… The Guardian reports: Poland's national football coach apologised yesterday… Continue reading


Democratic Mix

5 June 2008 20:00

Megan asks for suggestions for a tribute tape to the late and lamented Democratic primary race. A quick glance at my iPod suggests these tunes… "Waiting for the Great Leap… Continue reading


Question of the Day

5 June 2008 19:07

Courtesy of Charles Moore in The Spectator: On the Tube recently, I saw advertisements for mass meetings to hear ‘one of India’s most highly regarded living Saints’. Is there a… Continue reading


What do they know of cricket who only play it well?

5 June 2008 17:44

It is not, right now, saying much to observe that Kevin Pietersen is England's best batsman. His century against New Zealand today has not been the stuff of legends but… Continue reading


Not up to the job

5 June 2008 17:10

Even the Cabinet is demob happy… Adam Bouton reports: I was taken aback this week to hear that one senior member of the Cabinet is cheerfully telling colleagues that he… Continue reading


The Madness of Crowds

5 June 2008 15:53

Recalling the weirdness of the Ron Paul Revolution, Julian Sanchez risks a peek at Hillary's equally delusional supporters and sagely concludes that all this: should be at least a little… Continue reading


Blair’s Appealling Modesty…

5 June 2008 15:28

I'd have more respect for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation if it had a different, less egotistical, name. (And, if truth be told, if it were led by a different,… Continue reading

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Last Orders

5 June 2008 13:12

At long last: Hillary will quit on Saturday. I think Nick Garland's cartoon in the Telegraph a) sums it up well and b) is oddly affecting. UPDATE: In response to… Continue reading


The Rhetoric of War

4 June 2008 23:15

Breaking News: George W Bush is not Henry V. Shocking, I know. According to former General Ricardo Sanchez: Among the anecdotes in "Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story" is an… Continue reading


Transatlantic Currents: Press Division

4 June 2008 17:06

Dan Drezner thinks that the Clintons are probably right to suppose that the press has favoured Barack Obama this year. Still, he says, they probably shouldn't read the UK papers… Continue reading


America’s Che Guevara (Apparently)

4 June 2008 1:04

Lord knows I am suspicious of Obama and the cult he inspires (just as, in fairness, all other candidates inspire such adulation), but when the likes of National Review's Bill… Continue reading


Tales from the Security State

3 June 2008 21:46

Great. Travelling to the United States from western europe (and other countries that are part of the Visa Waiver Programme) just got made more complicated and more of a hassle… Continue reading

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Tobacco Futures

3 June 2008 21:15

The boys at The Daily Mash have the gory details… SMOKERS will have to hold a large piece of card over their face so they cannot look at the cigarette… Continue reading


The Great British Sausage

3 June 2008 19:34

The news that ASDA is selling sausages that are, alarmingly, just 34% pork for 2p each naturally brought this classic Yes, Minister moment to mind: [Hat-tip: The Corridor]