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Euro-loving road-hump fetishists

By Stephen Pollard, April 19, 2010

Almost as good a line as 'cheese eating surrender monkeys'. Boris Johnson sums up what's wrong with the LibDems:

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Read. Between. The Lies.

By Stephen Pollard, April 16, 2010

John Rentoul has a lovely post for We Happy Few. It's here.

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90 mins into 1

By Stephen Pollard, April 16, 2010

There's a very funny precis of the debate from John Crace, at the Guardian site.

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UJS takes leave of its senses

By Stephen Pollard, April 16, 2010

Douglas Murray has a truly astonishing tale to tell.

A while ago, he was asked by the UJS to speak on a panel at the NUS conference in Gateshead. Tireless fighter for democracy that he is, he agreed to schlap up and do it.

Then he got a phone call:

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News-free newspaper

By Stephen Pollard, April 16, 2010

For anyone bored by debate analysis, get today's Indie. Not a single mention, anywhere in the 72 pages being sold in central London this morning, of last night's debate. Surreal. When is their last edition? 8.30pm?

UPDATE Turns out it IS a first edition Indie. But that's
what's on sale at Chancery Lane tube and Holborn WH Smiths. Circulation department, up
your game!

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Standing up for Israel

By Stephen Pollard, April 15, 2010

Fantastic post from my colleague Marcus Dysch on the inimitable Ron Prosor. Go read it.

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Cameron's shoddy populism

By Stephen Pollard, April 12, 2010

A pretty shoddy piece of populism from David Cameron, speaking in Loughborough as I write.

He's just had a pop at the 3 Labour MPs who've been granted legal aid to fight their case against the crimes with which they have been charged. 

Nothing wrong there: it would have been mad of him not to point out that they are three Labour MPs. 

But then he went on to say that there would be a review of legal aid under a Conservative government. And while he couldn't pre-judge its conclusions:

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Crocodile tears from Denis MacShane

By Stephen Pollard, April 12, 2010

Denis MacShane pens a paean of praise on Comment is Free to Lech Kaczynski, the Polish President killed in Sunday's plane crash, as

a true son of Poland who sought always to uphold the honour and stature of the Polish nation...a Polish patriot...(who) reached out to Poland's Jewish community and worked with Poland's Chief Rabbi, Michael Schudrich.

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Tories refuse to sit with extremists, not in the news anywhere

By Stephen Pollard, April 12, 2010

Dan Hannan makes a good point on the reporting of the Hungarian elections:

Are they going soft at The Guardian?
Their feature on tomorrow’s Hungarian election makes all the usual
noises, focusing on the rise of the nasty Jobbik party (”xenophobic”,
“national tragedy”, “far Right on the rise across Europe” etc). Fair
enough.

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How important does all this mean?

By Stephen Pollard, April 12, 2010

John Prescott and Sarah Palin: a marriage made in heaven.

This:

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Amnesty now has zero credibility

By Stephen Pollard, April 12, 2010

Gita Sahgal, whose departure from Amnesty International marks the end of the organisation as a credible player in human rights, ends her statement with this cutting question:

if it lies to itself, can it demand the truth of others?

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Voter power

By Stephen Pollard, April 9, 2010

Here's another reason why Finchley is a wonderful place to live.

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The LibDem problem

By Stephen Pollard, April 7, 2010

It's day two and already the LibDem problem is driving me round the bend.

To be specific: the presence in every discussion, required by law, of a token LibDem to say something pointless.

They've just had Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Hunt on BBC1 talking about NIC. And alongside them, Ed Davey, who has nothing whatsover to contribute; although to be fair to the LibDems, that's more about Mr Davey's worth than the LibDems' per se.

I can't take another month of this.

 

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King's Fund - er, oops, we didn't mean it!

By Stephen Pollard, April 5, 2010

Laura Kuenssberg tweets:

King's Fund release statement saying they did not mean to suggest there was anything dishonest about Tory cancer fund plans

Let me translate:

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Personal, it is

By Stephen Pollard, March 28, 2010

This from today's Observer. A quote from a 'senior Labour insider':

The intention is not to make it personal, but to make it about policy. When people are asked if they would like this man running their economy, the reactions are very strongly negative.

The Obs doesn't seem to have spotted the contradiction of a pledge 'not to make it personal' followed by asking "if they would like this man running their economy".

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Israel and Britain: when friends fall out (Daily Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, March 24, 2010

I have a piece in today's Telegraph on Israel's relations with the UK and US. It's here.

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Vince Cable's little exaggeration

By Stephen Pollard, March 22, 2010

This story about Vincent Cable, the most over-rated politician in the land, is very funny.

Yesterday, the Observer splashed on 

Treasury calls in Cable for talks on a hung parliament

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BA strikers jeered

By Stephen Pollard, March 22, 2010

I was at Gatwick yesterday (long story - I had to get to Brighton and there were no trains from London) and saw two sets of Unite pickets. Both were being jeered by passers by.

I'd be surprised if this isn't the overwhelming majority view of what must be the most unjustified and self-wounding strike for years. Even when Bob Crow calls a train strike, he usually has the good sense to at least pretend it's about passenger safety. The BA strike is simply because the poor dears who work in 'cabin crew' don't want to have to work a bit harder.

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Guardian readers appear not to be able to read

By Stephen Pollard, March 19, 2010

Hardly a surprise that my Guardian article has led to the usual stuff on the comments section.

But what's always so frustrating with this type of thing - but again, not a surprise - is that the angriest commenters rarely read what the piece
says or, perhaps still more important, what it does not.

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