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S, not B

By Stephen Pollard, October 9, 2009

It's been pointed out to me that there was a typo on the Nobel press release. They put a b where an s was intended.

The peace prize was meant for Osama.

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Obama the post-modern Nobel winner

By Stephen Pollard, October 9, 2009

Just a quick question: can someone from the Nobel committee tell us what Obama has, er, actually done...

Iain Martin has the answer:

Think about it, it’s so post-modern: a leader can now win the peace
prize for saying that he hopes to bring about peace at some point in
the future. He doesn’t actually have to do it, he just has to have
aspirations. Brilliant.

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Kaminski is not an antisemite: he's a friend to Jews (Guardian)

By Stephen Pollard, October 9, 2009

I have a piece in today's Guardian, responding to Jonathan Freedland's attack on Michal Kaminski, and me for defending him:

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The Kindle is here!

By Stephen Pollard, October 7, 2009

At last, the day has arrived. From today, the Kindle is officially available to UK readers.

I've had a Kindle for just over a year, and it is the single best gadget I own - I'd even rank it above my iPhone. But Amazon did everything possible to stop me having it. I had to buy it in the US, register it to a US credit card, and go through a convoluted mechanism to purchase books.

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Oliver, think again!

By Stephen Pollard, October 6, 2009

It's a brave - foolhardy, often - fellow who takes on Oliver Kamm, but his response to my post (which in turn was responding to a post of his) cries out for an extension of our to-and-fro.

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Hague, Europe and the BBC

By Stephen Pollard, October 5, 2009

I'm watching William Hague's speech on BBC News. They have just cut away from it, so that we can have Emily Maitlis tell us that the Tories don't want to talk about Europe.

Yet as Ms Maitlis is telling us that  the Tories don't want to speak about Europe, William Hague is speaking specifically about Europe. But we can't hear him speak - about Europe - because they have cut to Emily Maitlis telling us that the Tories don't want to speak about Europe.

Genius, in its way.

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Oliver, check your facts!

By Stephen Pollard, October 5, 2009

My good friend Oliver Kamm writes a wonderful column every Monday, The Pedant.

It's strange, therefore, that Oliver's famed pedantry appears to have deserted him in a blog posting this weekend on Lisbon, the Tories and Europe.

Oliver writes:

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David Miliband's insult to Michal Kaminski is contemptible

By Stephen Pollard, October 1, 2009

David Miliband is not just some rent-a-quote Labour MP; he is the Foreign Secretary. So his speech today at the Labour conference, in which he denounced Michal Kaminski's "anti-semitic, neo-Nazi past" was a disgrace.

William Hague is right to issue the following statement:

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Keep that woman's words away from me

By Stephen Pollard, October 1, 2009

Readers of my old Spectator blog might recall that there were two figures I couldn't leave alone, both equally ridiculous. One of them was the Yazzmonster, who is otherwise known as Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. For my sins, I used some years ago to share a BBC microphone with her on Saturday mornings, and I have never properly recovered.

Reading her Independent column was always good blog-fodder, but I vowed when I started here to ignore it. With the odd exception, I haven't read a word of hers, and the effect on my blood pressure has been good.

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Eduction, eduction, eduction

By Stephen Pollard, October 1, 2009

Tory bear has a great spot. Yesterday's Labour Party Political Broadcast had this in it, which sort of says it all:

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BAE confusion

By Stephen Pollard, October 1, 2009

John Willman has just posted this on Facebook:

I hope Baroness Scotland will decide not to prosecute BAE - obviously there has been some confusion over commission payments, which is hardly worse than forgetting to pay the congestion charge!

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The impossible dream

By Stephen Pollard, September 30, 2009

Jim Pickard has a hilarious post about the song Lesley Garrett chose to sing at Labour's gala dinner yesterday: The Impossible Dream.

And the world will be better for this
That one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.

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Lord Mandelson: chump

By Stephen Pollard, September 30, 2009

Paul Waugh reports that

Lord Mandelson's reaction to The Sun's switch last night was enough
to make your mother blush. He used the c-word and it wasn't "choice" or
"cuts".

"C*nts!" is how the PrinceofDarkness/KindlyPussyCat responded, a senior source tells me.

I've just seen his response when being confronted with the story. First he asked what on earth 'the c-word' is. Then he said he called News International 'chumps'.

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Shmuley Boteach: Michael Jackson's grave robber

By Stephen Pollard, September 30, 2009

I'm afraid I'm never the first with the Michael Jackson news, so I've only just thought about our story that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is to publish transcripts of his 30 hours of conversations with the deceased pop star. Or, as the book sitle puts it:

The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul In Intimate Conversation

It's the 'intimate conversation' which gives the game away. These conversations were private. And a rabbi - a rabbi! - is making them public.

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Brown steals from the BNP

By Stephen Pollard, September 29, 2009

Dear oh dear. Last year the political giant who is Gordon Brown gave us 'British jobs for British workers'.

This year it's what is already being derided as 'Gulags for slags'. As Guido Fawkes reveals, it's another straight lift from the BNP.

 

 

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Goldstone's 'star witness'

By Stephen Pollard, September 29, 2009

Tom Gross has a devastating critique of the Goldstone report. Specifically, on Goldstone's 'star witness':

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Gordon Brown's conservatory

By Stephen Pollard, September 29, 2009

This little post of Daniel Finkelstein made me laugh out loud:

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Brown, Cameron, Marr and drugs

By Stephen Pollard, September 29, 2009

It's mildly amusing watching the media toffs express their sanctimonious outrage over the 'Marr Question' (for those of you out of the loop, Andrew Marr asked the PM on Sunday if he took pain killers).

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Polanski's arrest, and his defenders

By Stephen Pollard, September 29, 2009

I am completely at a loss to understand why so many otherwise decent, normal people appear to think that raping a thirteen year old child is fine.

Fine, that is, if you are film director.

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I am who I am

By Stephen Pollard, September 24, 2009

Dave Rich has a superb post at the CST blog on antisemites' obsession with names. Read the whole thing.

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