Bill Deedes: off-stone for good now

17 August 2007 21:32

Few journalists merit memorials; Bill Deedes, who died today aged 94, is an exception to that general rule. Most famously, he was the inspiration for Evelyn Waugh’s William Boot in… Continue reading


Why don’t we just abolish the income tax?

17 August 2007 19:12

Whew! In a bold statement of intent, the Tories said today they "will consider" cutting taxes. Wear them medals with pride, boys. You’ve earned them. Predictably Labour are calling proposals… Continue reading

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Bleak House, being the matter of the interminable case of Blair vs Brown?

17 August 2007 10:02

Tony Blair has engaged the same lawyer – Robert Barnett – that negotiated Bill and Hillary Clinton’s respective books deals. Blair is reported to be wanting as much as £8m… Continue reading

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High Noon in the War Against Cliche

17 August 2007 7:47

Three cheers for Peter Suderman who is properly exasperated by this quotation from a WaPo piece: "It’s just like the Wild West," said Frank O’Donnell of the group Clean Air… Continue reading


Rick Santorum’s Wilderness Years

17 August 2007 7:22

Ever wondered what happened to Rick Santorum after he lost his Senate race in Pennsylvania last year? Fret not, Michael Brendan Dougherty has done the yeoman work of listening to… Continue reading


BASEBALL/POLITICS: You Must Not Read the Sports Pages Too Often

17 August 2007 6:32

Via Kevin Drum, I see that, in one of his regular plangent calls for a better press corps, Brad DeLong has highlighted an extraordinary suggestion from one of his readers.… Continue reading

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Beckham begins earning his salary (on the pitch)

17 August 2007 3:51

If you thought David Beckham would be a one day story and then quickly ignored in the US you might want to consider that notice of his first goal for… Continue reading


Biden’s son to serve in Iraq

16 August 2007 23:58

From the AP: The son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is preparing for deployment to Iraq next year. Capt. Beau Biden, a Judge Advocate General in the Delaware National… Continue reading

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Dumb Britain

16 August 2007 19:26

The Assault on Reason continues: A-Level results are out today in the UK and, amazingly, our kids is learning even betterer – more than one in four papers is now… Continue reading


Elvis: Still the King

16 August 2007 18:40

This Tim Luckhurst piece for (who else?) The Guardian may be the dumbest thing even this professional contrarian has ever written. Apparently Elvis made "dull music for duller people" and… Continue reading

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Let’s re-engage with John Edwards foreign policy vision

16 August 2007 14:14

PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH, STRENGTH THROUGH JOY, JOY THROUGH WAR Apparently policing the world really is like cleaning up Gotham: "In this decade, for the first time in human history, half… Continue reading


Resisting the exercise bullies

15 August 2007 20:22

John Daly, Man of the People, Hero: [Tiger] Woods, who won the USPGA on Sunday, said his opponents could have combated Tulsa’s heat better with a fitness regime like his.… Continue reading

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Bring me your huddled, undocumented masses…

15 August 2007 20:09

On the other hand, via K-Lo at the Corner, Giuliani did have some redeeming features: America is an immigrant nation with a long and proud tradition of inclusion and diversity.… Continue reading

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White House does best to undermine public confidence in own strategy

15 August 2007 18:53

I’m quite prepared to believe there has been some military progress in Iraq and that it might be possible for the US to move some troops from some areas to… Continue reading


We can’t turn them away (but we will unless you do something about it)

15 August 2007 18:31

If you’re a British resident or citizen (subject, surely?) might I suggest you add your name to the petition calling upon Her Majesty’s Government to provide refuge in the United… Continue reading


Stop press: Labour numpty* stumbles upon truth!

15 August 2007 18:06

So, as expected Jack McConnell has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party. A friend emails me the best, most accurate (albeit unintentionally so) reaction to this news: "Let’s… Continue reading

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Barack Obama, narcissist?

15 August 2007 16:17

By which I mean only this: is Barack Obama more of a narcissist than the average egotist running for the Presidency? Ryan Lizza’s interesting GQ piece on Obama prompted Daniel… Continue reading


Comedy Republican Watch

15 August 2007 15:21

Every political party has its share of clowns; still, it will be worth keeping an eye out for Idaho Republican Bill Sali. Here’s what the Congressman had to say recently,… Continue reading


Salmond makes his move: l’audace, encore de l’audace, toujours de l’audace

15 August 2007 8:11

UPDATE: Welcome, Ross’s readers. Feel free to have a poke around. Should you be so interested, other stuff I’ve written about Scottish politics and the like can easily be found… Continue reading


Cheney’s anti-war argument…

14 August 2007 16:18

Cheney makes the anti-war case rather convincingly (in the light of recent events). Of course he’s speaking in 1994, explaining why the first Bush administration declined to press for regime… Continue reading


Not everyone gets a prize…

14 August 2007 8:38

A by-god-he’s-right post from Julian Sanchez: A little while back, I heard a band that introduced me to a new and particularly tragic category of artistic badness: They were exactly… Continue reading

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The Days When the Composers Took on England’s Finest.. And Other Halcyon Times of Yore

14 August 2007 7:33

Americans or, for that matter, anyone unfortunate enough to know little about – and worse, care nothing – for cricket may be advised to pass by this post. You’ve had… Continue reading


Late night sillyness: Sniping at neighbours edition.

14 August 2007 6:53

Norm alerts me to the concept of the googlenope (similar to the googlewhack, just less common). So I’m delighted that (until now I suppose), the phrase "Happiness in Galashiels" has… Continue reading

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For Gerson is an honourable man, yes?

14 August 2007 6:33

I must say I haven’t enjoyed a hatchet job as much as this one in, well, far too long. It is deliciously, extravagantly spiteful. I have no idea  – and… Continue reading


NHS advice for Cameron…

14 August 2007 5:25

He wrote this nearly a month ago but it’s still pertinent. So, in a bid to encourage my old friend Neill Harvey-Smith to post more frequently, take a gander at… Continue reading