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Doing the extremists’ dirty work (The Times)

By Stephen Pollard, December 7, 2009

I have a piece in today's Times, on the damaging consequences of Ed Balls to act over two schools which are run by a Hizb ut-Tahrir dominated organisation.

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You cannot be serious

By Stephen Pollard, December 1, 2009

Saturday's The Thick Of It  was about an inadvertent leadership bid by Nicola Murray.

This one, by Andy Burnham, is completely advertant. And even more ludicrous.

 

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A jolly house party for Mandy and Gaddafi

By Stephen Pollard, November 25, 2009

I'm not easily dumbstruck, especially by anything Peter Mandelson gets up to. But this?

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What I would have said

By Stephen Pollard, November 25, 2009

Oliver Kamm says what I would have said if I'd thought of it on the Chilcot inquiry, and in so doing says that John Rentoul says what Oliver would have said had he thought to say it.

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Press TV and antisemitism

By Stephen Pollard, November 24, 2009

It takes something to make the comment moderators at Comment is Free look like a model of taste and decency. That something is Press TV.

Here's how the TV station reports the helicopter crash in Israel this afternoon:

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How Iran treats journalists

By Stephen Pollard, November 24, 2009

If this wasn't so serious...

Have a look at this astonishing CNN report, on how the Iranian authorities imprisoned a Newsweek reporter for being a spy...because he gave a spoof interview to the Daily Show. (Here's his own account.)

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In The Slammer this week

By Stephen Pollard, November 23, 2009

A friend of mine in Phoenix sent me this:

The hot new publication in Phoenix is called  The Slammer - a 12-page weekly filled with the mugshots of everybody arrested
in Maricopa county that week, captioned with the names and pending charges.
There is some fine print to clarify that all of them are innocent until proven
guilty.

This appears to be it.

Genius.

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Andrew Dismore says he's not up to being an MP

By Stephen Pollard, November 23, 2009

Let's say straight away that it looks as if Andrew Dismore has stayed within the letter, and probably even the spirit, of the expenses rules.

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My brush with history

By Stephen Pollard, November 23, 2009

Michael Gove has a perceptive column about the contrast between Lord Palmerson and the relative pygmies in office today. But it's not his serious point which interests me; it's this:

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Keep Jews out of the Iraq inquiry

By Stephen Pollard, November 22, 2009

There's a jaw-dropping piece in the Independent on Sunday by ex-Ambassador to Libya Oliver Miles, who bemoans the fact that the latest Iraq war inquiry is not Judenfrei:

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I never showed Alistair Darling my new contract (The Times)

By Stephen Pollard, November 16, 2009

My Times column today is on the government's proposed new bankers' bonus law. You can read it here.

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The act of honour that saved us from a Brown win

By Stephen Pollard, November 9, 2009

This isn't quite as good as the 'if Lord Halifax had better teeth we'd have lost the war' counter-factual (and if you want the full version, buy my book!), but the FT's story of Mike Hancock and the email to Matt Hancock is pretty great:

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Brains trust

By Stephen Pollard, November 9, 2009

What's the collective noun for a gathering of seven babies?

(Miss Pollard is third from the right, looking slightly disdainful.)

 

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Tesco v the snobs

By Stephen Pollard, November 9, 2009

The excellent Paul Waugh has a spot-on post about the anger of Cambridge dons over the notion tbat their library might get a sponsor:

Gill Evans, emeritus professor of
medieval theology and intellectual history, said:

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Wretched attacks on Brown

By Stephen Pollard, November 9, 2009

As regular readers will know, I'm up there with the best - worst? - of them when it comes to our awful excuse of a PM. I wrote, when the received wisdom was that he was a political giant who would put the show-pony Blair in his place, that he was over-rated, a liar, and a man barely fit for the Cabinet.

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Those despicable Jews

By Stephen Pollard, November 9, 2009

This leaves me, as it did Daniel Finkelstein, lost for words:

 

 

 

 

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Boris the hero

By Stephen Pollard, November 3, 2009

This is impressive.

How many of Boris' fellow politicians would react similarly? How many people, at all?

As Paul Waugh rightly says:

But then she gives a quote that Boris could use on his election posters in 2012:"If you find yourself down a dark alleyway and in trouble I think Boris would be of more use than Ken."  

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Derek Conway and Press TV

By Stephen Pollard, November 3, 2009

I don't usually reprint private emails, but this one from Derek Conway MP is so revolting that I will make an exception:

Dear Mr.
Pollard

I sent an email on 31st October to the general editorial
inbox but as it has not generated a response your Arts Editor suggested I email you
directly.

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Bonkers eurosceptics

By Stephen Pollard, November 3, 2009

David Cameron promised a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. Quite right, too. The British people ought to have a say on such constitutional matters. 

But the treaty is clearly about to be ratified - long before he enters No 10. So ratification will come on Gordon Brown's watch, and Mr Cameron is entirely irrelevant to the process.

That means a referendum would be pointless, because if the vote was 'yes' nothing would change, and if the vote was 'no'...nothing would change. We will be bound by the treaty.

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