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By Stephen Pollard, September 19, 2010

Nigel Farndale is bang on the money with a piece about being addressed by one's first name. It's here.

I loved this:

[P]upils at a primary school in
Kent have been told to use their teachers’ first names. You have to wonder
how this idea came about. Were the teachers sitting around in the staff room
saying, “Do you know what our problem is? Our pupils show us far too much
respect”? 

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We could do with some tea party politics in Britain (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, September 17, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on the 'tea party' in the US. It's here.

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Avram is damned if he stays away . . . and damned if he doesn’t (Evening Standard)

By Stephen Pollard, September 16, 2010

I have a piece in today's Evening Standard on Avram Grant's decision to stay away from West Ham's game on Yom Kippur. It's here.

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New Orleans shows the way

By Stephen Pollard, September 12, 2010

There's a fascinating piece by Ian Birrell today on how New Orleans schools have been transformed in a bonfire of bureaucracy and the regulations and union domination which have for so long impeded education. It's here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/7996800/New-Orleans-Lessons-from-th...

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Murder is murder and that's why life should mean life (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, September 9, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on the proposal to change the murder laws. It's here.

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But we've seen the aliens!

By Stephen Pollard, September 8, 2010

There's a story I don't understand in today's Express:

AFTER
getting up close and personal with legions of alien females during his
time on the Starship Enterprise, William Shatner is adamant that we are
not alone.

In fact he’s insistent that the universe is absolutely stuffed with alien species.

 

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Legalising drugs will kill more people

By Stephen Pollard, September 6, 2010

I've just read a superb piece on drugs in yesterday's Observer, in which Antonio Maria Costa, the former executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the past eight years, simply rips apart the dangerously sloppy thinking from those who argue for the legalisation of hard (and soft) drugs.

I urge you to read it.

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Disingenuous

By Stephen Pollard, September 6, 2010

This morning, the Today programme interviewed the solicitor for those seeking a judicial review of the Met's handling of the Andy Coulson allegations.

When Justin Webb put it to her that this was just a bit of political mischief, she replied indignantly. No, no, no, not in the least. Yes, one of her clients was a former Labour minister. But another was Brian Paddick - "a former policeman and now a freelance journalist".

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In a parallel universe

By Stephen Pollard, September 6, 2010

This is possibly the most ridiculous opening to a news story I have ever read, by the usually superb Andy McSmith in today's Independent:

The former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik increased the pressure on
Andy Coulson yesterday by questioning his competence and calling for
him to stand down.

Pressure was increased by Lembit Opik offering his thoughts?

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The BBC 's leftie bias, by the DG

By Stephen Pollard, September 5, 2010

Peter Hitchens has written the column I'd have loved to write today about the BBC DG's admission of bias, a remark in Edinburgh last week which seems to have gone almost unnoticed.

Here's the key part:

[F]rom
the Director-General himself, Mark Thompson, we have the admission
that, when he joined the Corporation 30 years ago, there was a ‘massive
bias to the Left’.

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TfL's suggestion for beating the tube strike

By Stephen Pollard, September 3, 2010

Transport for London have sent a note to businesses in London to help them plan for the tube strike next week.

It's full of useful ideas. The capital's workforce must be particularly grateful for their suggestion that workers try "walking".

They seem to have forgotten to suggest breathing in and out a minimum number of times per minute.

Dear
Mr X

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Iran casts a giant shadow over the Washington peace talks (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, September 3, 2010

I have a piece in today's Telegraph on the peace talks in Washington. You can read it here.

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Iconoclast

By Stephen Pollard, September 1, 2010

I'm the Iconoclast tonight on Radio 4 at 8pm. I'll be putting the case for ending taxpayer-funded arts subsidies.

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Iconoclasts

By Stephen Pollard, August 25, 2010

A new series of Iconoclasts starts tonight on Radio 4. I'll be listening with interest, because I'm the protagonist in next week's programme. Here are the details.

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This case proves benefit fraud isn't taken seriously (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, August 25, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on benefit fraud. It's here.

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JC's circulation up 3.67 per cent

By Stephen Pollard, August 23, 2010

I sent this email to the JC's editorial team this morning. I'm sharing it with you because we are all hugely proud.

I am thrilled to be able to report that the JC's year-on-year ABC circulation figures (30/6/09-30/6/10) are up 3.67%. In June 2009,
circulation was 30,436; this June it reached 31,556 – an increase of
1,120.

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The Liberals have a history of splitting (Daily Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, August 23, 2010

I have a piece on the LibDems in today's Telegraph. It's here.

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Blair's donation

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I haven't blogged about the reaction to Tony Blair's donation of his book profits to the British Legion because, to be frank, it disgusts me. Much of the reaction seems to be unhinged.

The facts are simple. Mr Blair has, for no other discernible reason than altruism, decided to hand over millions of pounds which would rightfully be his, to a very worthwhile charity. The only appropriate reaction is praise. And yet his decision has been treated as - perversely, and without even the least piece of evidence - an admission of 'guilt' over Iraq, and has prompted obloquy. 

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Cameron's First 100 Days (Wall Street Journal Europe)

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I had a piece in yesterday's Wall Street Journal Europe, on the coalition's first 100 days. It's here.

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