Stephen Pollard's blog

Holding back a settlement (The Guardian)

By Stephen Pollard, March 19, 2010

I have a piece in today's Guardian about the East Jerusalem crisis. It's here.

I'm sure Guardian readers will post their usual restrained, thoughtful comments on it. 


Why NHS waste isn't only about red tape (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, March 18, 2010

I have a piece in today's Daily Express on NHS waste. You can read it here.


Ed Balls and Latin

By Stephen Pollard, March 15, 2010

Fabulous Boris Johnson column on Ed Spheroids' dismissal of the usefulness of Latin:


So much for anger

By Stephen Pollard, February 26, 2010

Remember all that guff last week about Israel and the UK government being at loggerheads? The Ambassador being summoned ('invited', to use the technical word) to the FCO, Brown's anger, relations being seriously damaged, blah blah blah...

This innvite has just dropped in my in-box:

Excellency Mr Ron

of the State of Israel,

delighted to invite you to the Embassy Housewarming

by our guest of honour:



By Stephen Pollard, February 24, 2010

From the Names Not Numbers website, promoting this weekend's event:

Opening remarks at the start of the weekend of ideas will be made by Lord Patten of Barnes.


2010: a great election to lose

By Stephen Pollard, February 23, 2010

Dominic Lawson has an infuriatingly good column in today's Indie
(infuriating because I was on the point of suggesting it to an editor)
on why the Conservatives should be praying to lose the election.


Personal presentation

By Stephen Pollard, February 23, 2010

Further to my post below on the UCL inquiry, in the 'Provost's Newsletter' in which the membership was announced, the Provost also had this boast:


UCL's shocking panel

By Stephen Pollard, February 23, 2010

So you want to set up an inquiry into how an (alleged) Islamist terrorist escaped notice at the your university. Who do you appoint to the panel?

If you're Malcolm Grant, Provost of UCL, and the subject matter is Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's time at UCL, the answer is: the past President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, an educationalist, an expert in software systems engineering, a former planning solicitor, the Director of Strategy and External Relations for the British Council and a specialist in Pigment Analysis and Ceramic Petrology.


Israeli hit on Dubai target

By Stephen Pollard, February 19, 2010

In case you missed this tweet from the Israeli Embassy:

You heard it here first: Israeli tennis player carries out hit on Dubai target.

As we report:

A Twitter message from the Israeli embassy in London claiming that
Israel scored ‘a hit in Dubai’ caused much consternation in Jerusalem.


Who is Ron Prosser?

By Stephen Pollard, February 18, 2010

According to BBC News, someone called Ron Prosser (as the channel's ticker tape puts it) has been into the FCO to speak about what's been happening in Dubai.

Who is he? Why is the FCO interested in his views? Surely they should be speaking to the Israeli Ambassador, Ron Prosor.


Boycott Labour's demands

By Stephen Pollard, February 18, 2010

Sam Coates flags up  Labour's demand of journalists who want to attends its election press conferences:

In addition to home address, home telephone number, work or mobile telephone number and e-mail address, which is already stretching it somewhat, they have just ask for:

» Passport Number (if you have one)

» National Insurance number
» Driving Licence number (if you have one)

» Your private and company vehicle registration numbers


Spin, actually - the menace of Richard Curtis (Spectator)

By Stephen Pollard, February 18, 2010

I have a piece in this week's Spectator on film maker Richard Curtis' political agenda. It's subscription only at the moment, but I think the link will appear here when it becomes free to read.


It is the Conservatives' big idea and it's a very good one (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, February 17, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on the Conservatives' new co-operative policy. It's here.


Danny Ayalon - idiot

By Stephen Pollard, February 16, 2010

I am fast reaching the conclusion that Danny Ayalon, the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, is the most stupid politician I have ever come across.

OK, let's be a bit more reasonable. So great is the competition for that accolade that I think some circumspection is necessary. So how about this: Danny Ayalon is one of the most stupid politicians I have ever come across.


A crook in a police uniform

By Stephen Pollard, February 9, 2010

The Daily Mail deserves huge credit for its reporting of Ali Dizaei. While other papers have been as fearful as his Met bosses of reporting his true nature, the Mail has for some years been on his case.

I'd urge you to read their account in today's paper of his career. I'm not sure what is more jaw dropping: what he actually did, or the way in which the most senior policemen in the country cowed before him. Astonishing stuff.


Palestinian reality check

By Stephen Pollard, February 8, 2010

There's a superb column by Barry Rubin in today's Jerusalem Post, which introduces a reality check into some of the praise heaped on Salam Fayyad after his speech at the Herzliya conference (which I was at). Do read the whole thing, but his key point is that whilst the fact of his presence, and his tone, might have been conciliatory, the content was anything but. 


Debating the debates

By Stephen Pollard, February 8, 2010

Max Arkinson has a clever proposal with regard to the ongoing negotiations on the party leaders' election debate:


Parallel universe

By Stephen Pollard, February 2, 2010

The most astonishingly wrong sentence I have read anywhere this year, from Mary Dejevsky in the Independent:

There is no sign that Iran harbours malign or expansionist intentions,
or even that a nuclear Iran would present a global threat.