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Fisking the FT

By Stephen Pollard, October 28, 2009

Iain Martin's FT Watch at the WSJE is a hoot.

I wasn't aware anyone actually read the FT any more. Clearly, I was wrong: Iain Martin does.

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South West Norfolk Conservatives are idiots

By Stephen Pollard, October 28, 2009

I find this jaw dropping:

The Conservative parliamentary candidate Elizabeth Truss has been told that
she will face a de-selection vote amid concerns over her affair with a Tory
MP.

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Al Quaida - AND ITS ALLIES

By Stephen Pollard, October 27, 2009

Those of you who regularly enjoy reading what the absurd Mehdi Hasan has to say in the New Statesman will enjoy this Harry's Place post:

Hasan’s response to being caught trying to trick his readers is worthy
of a dissembling toddler caught with a jam-smeared hand in the biscuit
tin.

Do read the whole thing. Hugely enjoyable.

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The end of the world is (almost) nigh

By Stephen Pollard, October 27, 2009

I'll only be sure in just over 3 years, but I'm pretty sure that there should be a new item in John Rentoul and Oliver Kamm's series, Questions To Which The Answer Is No (from today's Daily Mail):

Will the world end on December 21, 2012?

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Hmmm,

By Stephen Pollard, October 26, 2009

...other than that, he really liked my column.

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Our money, but not our information

By Stephen Pollard, October 20, 2009

Further to my post below on the Children's Commissioner, I must tell you that eliciting the total annual budget from the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish commissioners' offices was an interesting experience.

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The Children’s Commission: small fry, but a big waste of money (The Times)

By Stephen Pollard, October 20, 2009

I have a piece in The Times on the appointment of the new Children's Commissioner, which you can read here.

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Griffin: the Galloway question

By Stephen Pollard, October 19, 2009

I have a very basic question for those who oppose the appearance of Nick Griffin on Question Time. What about George Galloway?

Here's my point. It's a perfectably respectable position (albeit, in my mind, wrong) to argue that there are some people who, even if they have been democratically elected, espouse views which are so beyond the parameters of civilised discussion that they ought not to be accorded the privilege of access to the BBC (or any other broadcaster). Nick Griffin would clearly fall into that category.

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Fan of Auschwitz

By Stephen Pollard, October 15, 2009

I share my esteemed colleague Miriam Shaviv's take on Auschwitz's entry into the world of social networking:

I can already imagine the news feed:

Miriam Shaviv is friends with Auschwitz

Miriam Shaviv is a fan of Auschwitz

Miriam Shaviv has poked Auschwitz

Auschwitz has poked Miriam Shaviv

Really, I could do without it.

 

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Hitler's gnome

By Stephen Pollard, October 15, 2009

You will be relieved to learn that, should you wish to have this Hitler saluting gnome in your garden in Germany, it is legal.

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No irony intended

By Stephen Pollard, October 14, 2009

You have to see this. Really, you do.

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Bigoted hypocrite

By Stephen Pollard, October 14, 2009

Here's my new game - spot the hypocrite (clue: she's known as the Yazzmonster).

On Monday, she spewed out this bigoted rant about the three party conferences:

Other lowlights to report – all three parties were lavishly entertained by the
over-influential Friends of Israel... 

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Question Time and the BNP

By Stephen Pollard, October 14, 2009

That's better.

I was about to sound off at the ridiculous choice of Bonnie Greer to appear on Question Time with Nick Griffin. She seems to me one of those ubiquitous but entirely pointless talking heads who mouths liberal platitudes and does nothing to convince anyone. And, given the circumstances, the fact that she wasn't born in the UK is a serious own goal. If the only ethnic minority on the programme is an immigrant, it surely plays straight into Griffin's hands.

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Liars and thieves

By Stephen Pollard, October 13, 2009

 

The brutal fact is that Ms Smith has been proved to be a liar and a thief.

The double standards are breathtaking.

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Yazzmonster in bigoted rant shock!

By Stephen Pollard, October 12, 2009

I knew it. Once I started sounding off about the Yazzmonster, I'd never stop. 

So I'm afraid she's here again...

And, guess what? She's ranting about the party conferences that the Jews are using their wiles and splashing all that cash we have:

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Fair trade will not beat poverty. Free trade will (The Times)

By Stephen Pollard, October 12, 2009

I have a piece in The Times on the government's £12 million grant to the Fairtrade Foundation:

In the past three years, the amount spent by British consumers on fair trade
goods has leapt from £286 million in 2006 to £712 million last year. Clearly
there is an ever-growing appetite — as there is for online gambling, which
shot up last year to a total spend of £876 million.

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The Guardian's explanation - piffle

By Stephen Pollard, October 9, 2009

The Guardian's omission of the Israelis gets more bizarre.

They have told us that it was down to:

technical issue during the data transfer from the site, which meant that many of
the names of the joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize were accidentally
omitted, although the country of origin of the winners was not.

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Keep the Jews out!

By Stephen Pollard, October 9, 2009

Fantastic spot by Lucy Lips:

The
Guardian
has helpfully printed a list of “everyone who has ever won the
nobel peace prize”.

The source is, apparently, Nobelprize.org.
They do have a full list of all winners.

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The facts and prejudice.

By Stephen Pollard, October 9, 2009

UPDATE: James Macintyre assures me that he did not receive any emails from me, so I'm happy to accept that they were the cyber equivalent of being 'lost in the post'. And he has removed the references to me as being a Tory. Fair dues: I accept his word and the point of this post is thus wrong.

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Sorry to bang on about Kaminski, but this is instructive.

Ona couple of blogs today I've been described as a Tory, as if that somehow undemines my arguments because I am parti pris in Kaminski's favour.

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