Reserving Judgement

22 April 2009 23:59

It is so very tempting to storm in after a Budget and make sweeping assessments. Journalists are paid to do just that but they risk being blinded by ideology or… Continue reading


Nazi Cows Invade Devon!

22 April 2009 23:55

I can’t decide if this is a) headline of the day or b) just a desperate bid for traffic: Nazi ‘super cows’ shipped to Devon farm


Are the SNP even more deluded than Labour? Why, yes, they are!

22 April 2009 20:42

Scottish public spending has essentially doubled (albeit in absolute terms) since Labour came to power. (To what end, you ask? To very little end, I reply.) Now the British government… Continue reading


The American Justification for War

22 April 2009 19:53

Linking to this post, Daniel Larison makes an excellent point: Even though this claim about fighting on behalf of innocent Muslims is dubious (not least because several of our wars,… Continue reading


Geoffrey Robinson in The Times

22 April 2009 11:20

I was delighted to see Geoffrey Robinson’s letter in The Times today where he clarifies that my departure from the New Statesman had nothing to do with my sometimes critical… Continue reading


Let’s Pray For No Rabbits

22 April 2009 11:07

James has predicted that there will be a good news element to the Budget that no one has yet predicted. I do hope there is good news, but I also… Continue reading


Humbling Free Expression Awards

22 April 2009 8:15

I am always blown away by the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards. But for some reason, last night’s event seemd to throw up an even more astonishing roster… Continue reading


A Ray of Hope and the Budget for Jobs

19 April 2009 12:30

Three pieces of essential reading today.  Ian Kirby’s allegations in the News of the World placing  Labour General Secretary Ray Collins in meetings about the Reg Rag website;  Jonathan Oliver… Continue reading


The Last Word on the Katwala-Cohen Row… I Hope

18 April 2009 18:02

Shiraz Maher, the former HIzb-ut-Tahrir member turned thoughtful opponent of Islamist ideology has made his position clear on Harry’s Place. I commend this article to anyone who wants to understand why large… Continue reading


Worse Still

16 April 2009 22:33

Just to clarify. I didn’t intend to suggest in my last post that Damian McBride’s smear tactics would have been excusable if they had worked. Sorry if I gave that… Continue reading


Bombing Iran? Counter-productive and unlikely to even work.

16 April 2009 17:32

Of all the many reasons to be wary of bombing Iran, one of the best is also one of the simplest: it won’t work. Or, rather, whatever advantage there may… Continue reading


It Doesn’t Get Any Worse

15 April 2009 21:07

The revelations over the weekend about Damian McBride’s pitiful smear campaign have probably delivered the fatal blow to Labour’s chances of winning the next election. The only possible excuse for… Continue reading


Glenn Beck and the Useful Idiots at Fox News

15 April 2009 17:01

David Frum is, once again, spot on. Writing about the ludicrous – and loopy – Glenn Beck and his fantasies of armed resistance against the Obama administration’s "fascism", Frum points… Continue reading


Fixing the County Championship

15 April 2009 15:47

The cricket season has begun which is, as usual, a cause for celebration and an occasion to lament the guarantee that the first month of the new innings will be… Continue reading


In praise of Andrew Sullivan

15 April 2009 1:05

My father is fond of telling a story that, though possibly apocryphal is, in the old newspaper terminology, too good to check. Apparently Georges Simenon was in Edinburgh and, as… Continue reading


Exams good enough for the rich are good enough for the poor too

14 April 2009 17:00

Here’s an interesting – and, for once, encouraging – development. Motherwell College (soon to be moving to a new campus on the site of the old Ravenscraig steel mill) is… Continue reading


The Wages of Torture and their Repercussions

14 April 2009 2:30

The Daily Beast has a scoop that (if true!) is going to make life rather awkward for rather a lot of people: Spanish prosecutors have decided to press forward with… Continue reading


Damn those ugly sociopathic nerds and their squalid ejaculations!

14 April 2009 1:44

Imagine that, until now, the only books you’d been able to read were those that had been carefully selected by your parents and that, not surprisingly, these were books of… Continue reading


Hold that Vegetable Garden Exclusive!

12 April 2009 18:48

Commenting on this post about the Damian McBride Affair, Shippers makes an excellent point: things are just as bad, if not worse, on the other side of the Atlantic. Consider… Continue reading


If politics were more like the internet… that would be a good thing

12 April 2009 18:35

If it weren’t such fun despising Derek Draper one might have to pity the poor man. James has already highlighted one part of his latest post, but here’s another noteworthy,… Continue reading

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Department of Meaning

12 April 2009 14:27

How can someone at the BBC write this without bursting into laughter? Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged to ensure every young person has done 50 hours of voluntary work… Continue reading


How much does Damian McBride’s disgrace actually matter?

12 April 2009 13:05

The first thing to say about the downfall of Damian McBride is, of course, how entertaining it is. Gordon Brown’s machine has deserved this kind of comeuppance for years. These… Continue reading


And So it Came To Pass…

12 April 2009 9:07

It’s Easter Sunday and I have better things to do than think about sleazy emails. I’m unlikely to be able to post again about this again today, but I have… Continue reading


Could It Get Any Worse?

11 April 2009 20:04

The tawdry tale of Damian McBride’s "juvenile and inappropriate" emails about Conservative politicians is pretty grim as it is. But it is just possible to imagine how the situation might… Continue reading


Tribalism: The Curse of Labour

11 April 2009 9:32

The official line from Number 10 is that Damian McBride’s emails were "juvenile and inappropriate" and that all staff will be reminded of the "appropriate" use of resources. Presumably they… Continue reading