Hillary Surrenders on Ulster

11 April 2008 0:16

Damnit. I’d enjoyed working up a good lather of indignation and righteous fury over Hillary Clinton’s claim, repeated ad nauseam, to have played an "instrumental" role in the Northern Irish… Continue reading


Stuff Readers Like

10 April 2008 17:13

Further to this post on the media and What Readers Want, it’s always useful to have a gander at the New York Times’s most emailed stories. For sure, this is… Continue reading

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Italy Update

10 April 2008 13:31

I’ve missed Silvio Berlusconi and suspect you have too. Sure, I wouldn’t want him running my country but it seems important that he be able to remain on the international… Continue reading

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Things That Are Not True

10 April 2008 13:17

From our old friends at National Review: Or, as Bill Bennett puts it: Colombia is the Israel of Latin America. Your nominations please for other unlikely Israels in unlikely corners… Continue reading


Read All About It: Readers Resist Porridge

10 April 2008 0:16

Glenn Greenwald, elitist scourge of the modern media’s cosy elitism, has been on a tear lately. He complains that the media focuses too much on trivial froth and not enough… Continue reading


How can all be lost? Wisden has arrived.

9 April 2008 2:03

One of the great annual treats is upon us: yes, the 2008 edition of Wisden arrived this morning. As always, the obituaries provide some of the best reading. To wit,… Continue reading

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Has Blair Kinda/Sorta Endorsed John McCain?

9 April 2008 1:01

Danny Finkelstein thinks so. Noting that Blair had said that modern politics is more a matter of Open vs Closed than Left vs Right: And then I asked which politicians… Continue reading

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Labour’s Toast: Or Why Gordon Brown Will Never Win An Election

8 April 2008 13:57

A delicious column by Rachel Sylvester in today’s Telegraph. Some choice highlights: There is a "sulphurous mood" on the Labour benches. Disillusioned Left-wingers, who campaigned for Mr Brown to become… Continue reading


Sarko’s NATO Problem

7 April 2008 21:05

Here’s The Economist reporting developments in France: THE Gaullist backlash against Nicolas Sarkozy’s new Atlanticism has begun in earnest, and its new poster boy is Dominique de Villepin… Not only… Continue reading

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A Democratic Plan Colombia

7 April 2008 19:17

Hillary Clinton on the proposed US-Colombia trade deal: I am disappointed that President Bush has decided to send the Colombia Free Trade Agreement to Congress. As I have said consistently… Continue reading

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Good Day in Paris

7 April 2008 16:24

The BBC: Paris protests mar Olympic relay This, naturally, is entirely incorrect. The problem would have been if there hadn’t been any protestors. Still, the BBC, which is sending more… Continue reading


Hillary’s Mugabe Problem

7 April 2008 5:58

Jon Chait is in good form in The New Republic this week, arguing that Hillary Clinton ought to drop out now since, barring cataclysm, she can’t win the Democratic party’s… Continue reading


Death by Blogging?

7 April 2008 4:25

This article in the New York Times is, I suppose, unintentionally hilarious. No-one should be surprised if it prompts calls for regulation. Growing numbers of home-office laborers and entrepreneurs, armed… Continue reading


CB Fry’s XI

7 April 2008 0:51

After Armstrong, Benaud, Constantine, Dexter and Edrich it must be time for a bit of Fry. 1. Roy Fredericks (WI) 2. Jack Fingleton (AUS)3. CB Fry (ENG) (Capt)4. Tip Foster… Continue reading


The Outrage is What Isn’t Seen as Outrageous

6 April 2008 14:49

Terrific Nick Cohen column today, decrying the feebleness of a new ITV political satire show that oh-so courageously portrays Gordon Brown as some sort of Scottish miser. The truth, of… Continue reading

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The View from My Window

6 April 2008 12:35

April 6th, 2008, 12 noon. Scottish Borders. Bloody April, eh? UPDATE: April 6th, 2008, 5.30pm…

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Video of the Day

2 April 2008 23:03

"It would give me the greatest of pleasure watching non-compliant tax-payers going to jail. That’s the kind of person I am." Bertie Ahern, then Minister of Finance, 1993.


The Thinking Voter’s Clown?

2 April 2008 20:09

Another splendid Sarah Lyall dispatch from London, this time on the nonsense of Boris vs Ken in the London mayoral election. It’s a fine, entertaining, breezy read but the best… Continue reading


Storm in a Taoiseach…

2 April 2008 19:20

We knew everything we needed to know about Bertie Ahern from the moment his mentor Charlie Haughey declared that of all the young thrusters in Fianna Fail, Ahern was "the… Continue reading

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The People Are Sovereign: Be Afraid

2 April 2008 17:48

A universal franchise is, of course, a Good Thing. Yet, via Kieran Healy, comes news of this Pew finding: There is little evidence that the recent news about Obama’s affiliation… Continue reading


Department of Timing

2 April 2008 14:06

The Scotsman today: Page 1: Mystery of Severed Head Found on Arbroath Beach Page 18: The Awe Inspiring Beauty of Scotland’s Beaches

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Nightmare in Hamilton

1 April 2008 20:50

Attention cricket fans: this is the best video you will have seen in ages. Left Arm Chinaman reconstructs the miserable first test between England and New Zealand… using blu-tack. Genius.… Continue reading


Sell-By Dates Can Kill Too

1 April 2008 18:03

Intro of the Day: NIKOLSKOE, Russia (Reuters) – Fourteen members of a Russian doomsday cult on Tuesday abandoned the remote underground bunker where they had been hiding for nearly half… Continue reading


Hillary as the Italian Stallion?

1 April 2008 17:33

Oh god. Here she goes again. ABC’s Jake Tapper reports that: In a speech in Philadelphia today, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, will compare herself to Philly icon Rocky Balboa. "Well,… Continue reading


Department of the Wrong End of the Stick

1 April 2008 4:23

Setting aside the issue of whether or not a House of Lords committee can accurately be considered "influential"… Record levels of immigration have had "little or no impact" on the… Continue reading