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Union extremists will bring back the bad old days (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, December 22, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on Len McCluskey and the more extreme union leaders. It's here.

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Ken Clarke: wrong about everything (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, December 14, 2010

I have a piece about Ken Clarke in today's Express. It's here.

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All the time in the world

By Stephen Pollard, December 8, 2010

This comment has been left on Comment is Free today, under a piece about the NHS reforms:

My Father was a GP. He sure as hell
didn't earn millions, not even close. He did, however, work 24-hours a day,
seven days a week.

Blimey. I'm intrigued how he managed to eat or sleep, let alone father a child.

(I'm indebted to Leo McKinstry for pointing this out to me.)

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Green Paper that is no more than a criminals' charter (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, December 8, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on Ken Clarke's sentencing gree paper. It's here.

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Spurs - a Jewish sports club

By Stephen Pollard, December 6, 2010

As some of you may know, I'm a Spurs season ticket holder. We have, of course, a reputation for our Jewish fans. But according to today's Evening Standard, it's much more formal than that:

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Coalition reforms are too timid to tranform schools (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, November 26, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on the Schools White Paper (including a horrible grammatical howler). It's here.

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The Coexistence Trust: I was wrong

By Stephen Pollard, November 16, 2010

The Coexistence Trust have (politely) taken umbrage at my blog below.

Having read the transcript of the interview with Rokhsana Fiaz, the co-director, it's clear to me that they are right to be annoyed - she didn't say what I thought I heard her say. So first of all, I apologise (they haven't asked for an apology - this isn't some legal thing; I simply owe it to them and her). 

Here is what she said:

 

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Coexistence on whose terms?

By Stephen Pollard, November 8, 2010

I was listening to Sunday on Radio 4 on, erm, Sunday, when I was pulled up short by a remark from someone from the Coexistence Trust. Talking about extremism, in the context of Muslim terror, she said the trust works to combat extremism on both sides.

Eh? I'd be fascinated if she could supply us with details of the Jewish terrorists now threatening us and claiming to act in the name of the Torah. Maybe the Coexistence Trust knows something unknown to the rest of the world. Do share.

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Bizarre

By Stephen Pollard, November 8, 2010

This 'gala celebration' of Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday, to take place in March at the Royal Albert Hall, has possibly the most surreal line up on a London stage one could imagine:

Gerhard Schroder, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hugh Grant.

Bizarre doesn't even come close.

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William Hague is an enemy of Iran, and that's good enough for Israel (Daily Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, November 5, 2010

I have a piece in today's Te;egraph on William Hague's visit to Israel. It's here.

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Government must be made to foster small businesses (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, November 2, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on small businesses. It's here.

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Trade unions are back, and their aim is to create chaos (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, October 27, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on the FBU strike. It's here.

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At last Cameron's Tories learn to love Baroness Thatcher (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, October 14, 2010

I have a piece on Baroness Thatcher's 85th birthday in today's Express. It's here.

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Booker Prize: It's a funny old thing, Jewish humour ... (Daily Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, October 14, 2010

I have a piece in today's Teleraph on Jewish humour. It's here.

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The JC's blogs, comments and bans

By Stephen Pollard, October 8, 2010

A number of bloggers have asked in recent posts if I
could explain our policy in relation to moderation, and what – and what not –
we consider acceptable.

Let me try to give some context. We have two aims, which
are in a sense irreconcilable. The tension emerges when we try to reconcile
them.

First, we want to encourage as many people as possible to
set up their own blogs and to use the JC’s site as a forum for debate and
discussion – in fact for whatever purpose people want.

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Shadow Cabinet elections

By Stephen Pollard, October 7, 2010

I've been trying to find a bookie offering odds on today's results, but with no luck. The reason? I'm convinced that one of the top places will be won by a man whose name hasn't been mentioned at all in the predictions: Jim Murphy.
Leave aside that he is one of the most popular MPs on the Labour benches. Leave aside his abilities. As Scottish Secretary, he had one job: to save as many Scottish Labour MPs' skins as possible. And he was remarkably successful in that task.

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The great scandal of the age

By Stephen Pollard, September 22, 2010

The Guardian today highlights one of the great scandals of our time. An outrage so, well, outrageous, that the country would, if we Brits had any decency, be protesting in the streets.

It is, of course, "UK poetry's ethnic imbalance".

Yup. Someone called Lara Pawson has penned a piece in the paper which appears to be serious, even though it just has to be a skit. I mean it just has to be...

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Come on my son...

By Stephen Pollard, September 22, 2010

Here we go again. Major Miller is running tomorrow at Fontwell in the 4.10.

Fingers crossed.

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