Returning to Brideshead

27 June 2008 2:14

Back to Brideshead! Last month I took a fairly relaxed view of the forthcoming Miramax travesty. The only real question would seem to be whether it is enjoyably or enragingly… Continue reading

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Robert Mugabe is Right

26 June 2008 23:32

About some things anyway: “The demons in number 10, Downing Street, must be exorcised by someone,”


Department of Firearms

26 June 2008 15:22

Good news from Washington: a common-sense interpretation of the Second Amendment prevails at the Supreme Court: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Americans have a right to own guns… Continue reading


Department of Fatigue

25 June 2008 20:37

An email from a friend in Washington who's active in Democratic politics: Honestly, I haven't been paying attention to the Presidential race at all. I'm sick of it and the… Continue reading


The View from Montparnasse

25 June 2008 19:57

In Paris, Byron York ponders the foreigners' view of the American presidential race:“But why wouldn’t you vote for Obama?” I’m having lunch with an Obama supporter at La Coupole, the… Continue reading


Beyond The Lunatic Fringe

25 June 2008 12:46

So, yes, there's been a mini-hiatus around these parts. Cricket and an unexpected trip to Edinburgh for a first meeting with my godson were largely to blame. Plus, you know,… Continue reading


Appeasement Watch: Harare Edition

20 June 2008 15:38

Michael Ledeen despairs over Condi Rice's condemnation of Robert Mugabe: This is Darfur all over again. And Iran all over again.  And Syria all over again.  Stern language, with the… Continue reading


Labour Party in “meltdown”

20 June 2008 13:48

Danny Finklestein reports: Politely talking to one Labour member,  while in the presence of a member of the Shadow Cabinet, I asked him gently to what he thought we owed… Continue reading


Department of Employment: Jobs Scots won’t do?

18 June 2008 14:31

Looming crisis in the countryside requires immediate action: Efforts are being made to reverse a decline in sheep shearers in Scotland. The workforce is ageing, with fewer young people entering… Continue reading

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Tom Waits is Magnificent

17 June 2008 20:23

Ben Smith is right: more press conferences should be like this…


McCain lobbies for place in Brown cabinet…

17 June 2008 16:00

Meanwhile, in America habeas corpus is also in the news, prompting an excellent column from George Will today: McCain, co-author of the McCain-Feingold law that abridges the right of free… Continue reading

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DD for You and Me

17 June 2008 15:52

David Davis's new website is up and running (sort of) and you can follow him on Twitter here.


Polly’s Britian

17 June 2008 6:45

A faithful correspondent emails: "I know it rightly pains you to contemplate the existence of Polly Toynbee, but is she actually saying that the worst thing about New Labour was… Continue reading

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How America is just like China…

17 June 2008 5:14

James Fallows has a very interesting post about what it's like to be a foreigner in China, in which he writes: I think I now can explain why, despite the… Continue reading


Cricket Notes: West Indies

17 June 2008 1:18

The ICC (that's the International Cricket Council) and the authorities in England keep banging on about how they want to ensure that test cricket remains the pinnacle of the game.… Continue reading


Ich bin ein hamburger

16 June 2008 21:10

Do you have what it takes to become a German citizen? I do. (Like Daniel Larison, I scored 5/7.)

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A Wartime Christmas

16 June 2008 20:51

All the London papers' obituary pages reward close attention, but the Daily Telegraph remains peerless in tracking the lives and, obviously, deaths, of WW2 servicemen. These accounts of remarkable derring-do… Continue reading


Something Must Be Done! This is Something!

16 June 2008 14:02

Chris Dillow has a splendid post filleting the Scottish government's plans to raise the age at which one may purchase alcohol at an off-license from 18 to 21. As he… Continue reading


K is for Kapil

15 June 2008 23:00

Apologies for the delay in publishing this latest installment in our marathon series. Still, here it is at last. So far we have has featured teams skippered by: Armstrong, Benaud,… Continue reading


The Dubya Has Landed

15 June 2008 17:10

Via Jim Manzi, it seems that thousands and thousands of people are being inconvenienced by George W Bush's arrival at Heathrow. Well, I don't particularly begrudge him his security (but… Continue reading


Tim Russert’s Shoes

15 June 2008 14:22

This isn't a criticism of Tim Russert, per se, rather an anecdote that, though trivial, is also rather revealing. From Mark Leibovich's nicely-judged piece in the New York Times: My… Continue reading


Asylum Galore! Or, Passport to the Kingsway

15 June 2008 14:04

Good grief. This is a terrific, amazing story. Congratulations to Rachel Stevenson and Harriet Grant. It's almost like an Ealing comedy except, of course, you know, serious. And, I think,… Continue reading


Great British Moustache Triumph!

15 June 2008 2:05

Who dares say the United States never listens to British concerns? An RAF fighter pilot has won his battle with the United States Air Force over the size of his… Continue reading


Transatlantic Differences

15 June 2008 0:37

The Atlantic has a very interesting, unintentionally hilarious Mark Bowden piece on Rupert Murdoch's plans for the Wall Street Journal. Apparently the newsroom is very troubled by the new proprietor's… Continue reading

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Sometimes Washington Really is a Small Town

14 June 2008 23:55

Like anyone else who's spent any time in Washington these past 20 years, I was stunned by the sad news of Tim Russert's death, aged just 58, on Friday. these… Continue reading

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