Reporting protest

16 February 2009 18:01

Anyone who has ever been on a protest march or felt the heady frission of student rebelliousness should check out Hugo Rifkind’s piece in the Times today. A really subtle… Continue reading


Watching the Watchers

16 February 2009 16:31

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Photojournalists stage an act of mass photography outside New Scotland Yard police station on February 16, 2009 in London. The event aims to highlight the… Continue reading


Obama and Churchill

16 February 2009 15:37

So Obama has said he doesn’t feel the need for his presidency to be reinforced by the presence of a British-government-owned bust of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office. As… Continue reading


Stanford’s Demise

16 February 2009 13:37

It’s an ill-wind that fails to blow in any silver-lined clouds and the current financial difficulties are no exception. It seems that Sir Allen Stanford, the Texan financier determined to… Continue reading


Gordon Brown Should Just Abandon Hope

16 February 2009 11:24

From Andrew Rawnsley’s (must-read) column yesterday: A member of the no contrition tendency in the cabinet says: "Gordon apologise? Bugger that. No way. People don’t want to see him wringing… Continue reading


Can the Government Dig Itself Out?

15 February 2009 12:35

If you just read one newspaper today you’d know things were getting pretty bad for Gordon Brown. Let’s take the Observer for example: not exactly a hostile paper to the… Continue reading


Smoking Gun: Katharine Goes to Hollywood

14 February 2009 22:46

It was great to hear Katharine Gun the GCHQ whistleblower on Saturday Live this morning talking about the morality of the leaker. I suppose the pretext was the banking crisis, but Katharine used the opportunity… Continue reading


Geert Wilders is Not a Hero

13 February 2009 20:18

Several readers take me to task for not substantiating the suggestion that Geert Wilders is, as I put it, a "boor and a bigot". This, apparently, is a "shoddy tactic"… Continue reading


Damian McBride weighs in over Brown’s ‘apology DVD’

13 February 2009 15:14

Funny what senior Downing St staff find time to do during the biggest economic crisis for 100 years. Here’s a charming text message I received from Damian McBride, former frontline… Continue reading


Antiguan Debacle

13 February 2009 15:07

Just in case you had any doubts that cricket is the worst-run sport in the world, further proof comes from today’s farce in Antigua. Even by cricket’s lofty standards this… Continue reading


Big Brother is Listening to You

13 February 2009 12:56

The sad thing is that you can no longer consider this sort of thing surprising: Security cameras have long been a fact of Scottish life, viewed with relief by many… Continue reading


The Wilders Tale

13 February 2009 12:42

Peter is quite right. Both in his own analysis of the Geert Wilders fiasco and in recommending Philip Johnston’s excellent piece in the Telegraph. It’s worth remembering, reiterating even, that… Continue reading


Cameroons vs Cameronians

13 February 2009 0:54

In his Prospect piece on "Red Toryism" (of which more later) Philip Blond refers to "Cameroonian conservatism" and he’s hardly alone in talking about "Cameroonianism" and the so-called "Cameroons" who… Continue reading


Death of a Gadfly Playwright

12 February 2009 22:24

Hugh Leonard has died. His Telegraph obituary reeks of boozy afternoons in Dublin’s finest hostelries: Indeed, Leonard relished quarrels. "An Irish literary movement," he used to say, "is when two… Continue reading

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The Limits of Presidential Power

12 February 2009 20:34

Writing in the FT yesterday Martin Wolf observed: It is extraordinary that a popular new president, confronting a once-in-80-years’ economic crisis, has let Congress shape the outcome. Commenter IanC agrees… Continue reading


Turning Mexico into a narco-state proves we’re winning!

12 February 2009 20:09

An update on this morning’s post on the Drug War. From the Wall Street Journal’s story on the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy’s report calling for a fresh… Continue reading

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Do the Downing St denials mean that Brown won’t apologise?

12 February 2009 17:37

I am finding the Downing St reaction to the story about officials asking for copies of Obama’s TV apologies rather mystifying. From their perspective, what’s so wrong with asking for… Continue reading


Notes from a Parallel Universe

12 February 2009 16:59

Courtesy of Joe Klein: Karl Rove: House Republicans had the wisdom to continue to talk to the Obama White House. This made them look gracious, even as the president edged… Continue reading


Solving the Ian Bell Question

12 February 2009 16:45

Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only person who ever defends Ian Bell. Not that this will do him much good since it seems probable that he’ll be dropped for… Continue reading


Downing Street denial

12 February 2009 15:28

Downing Street is categorically denying the Obama DVD story. Hmmm! I’ll check with my sources and get back to you.


Nicolas and Carla

12 February 2009 14:45

This account of how Nicolas Sarkozy wooed Carla Bruni is both amusing and gruesome. For instance: “My reputation is no worse than yours,” he told her. “I know you well… Continue reading


Drug War: Epic Fail

12 February 2009 14:28

Lots happening on the Drug War front. First, the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, headed by former Presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, issues a report confirming that… Continue reading


Ask the artists

12 February 2009 12:33

Sadly I had to miss the Channel 4 political awards last night. But it was worth it to be at a reception at No 11 to celebrate young British artists… Continue reading


Government by the Phone Book

12 February 2009 1:09

I confess I find this entertaining and reassuring in equal measure. A new Rasmussen Report in the United States finds that: Forty-four percent (44%) [of] voters also think a group… Continue reading


McNulty survives the Newsnight ambush

11 February 2009 23:57

A great edition of Newsnight tonight, featuring an ambush of employment minister Tony McNulty in an empty, echoing Birmingham factory. McNulty had been characteristically honest by saying that things are… Continue reading