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My moral turpitude

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I think it's important that I mark my return to blogging by discussing one of the big issues of the moment.

So here's a post about Pret a Manger's policy on bags.

I've noticed in recent weeks that when you buy a sarnie from Pret, they no longer offer you a bag. You have to ask. No big deal. But since I've been back at work they seem to have become more trucculent, but I'd not been able to pin it down. Maybe, I thought, I was imagining it.


The BBC on Israel: fair and balanced...

By Stephen Pollard, August 17, 2010

Thanks for your good wishes over my op. As you can see: I'm back and, fingers crossed, all is well. (No, it wasn't anything serious - I have arthritis and they had a fiddle with my shoulder and collar bone.)

I'll start posting properly again tomorrow. But meanwhile - and it's not often I say this about a BBC report on Israel - I urge you to have a look on iPlayer at last night's Panorama on the Gaza flotilla raid. It was remarkably fair, with proper scrutiny and proper balance.  



Au revoir

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2010

There'll be no updates for a while as I'm having an op.

Back in a couple of weeks or so, I hope.


Christina Patterson's unrelenting bigotry

By Stephen Pollard, July 28, 2010

There's not much that shocks me when it comes to op-ed pieces. I read the Grauniad and it's water off a duck's back. I even read Fisk and just yawn. But today's piece by Christina Patterson in the Independent...bloody hell. I honestly can't recall ever reading before such pure, unrelenting unadulterated anti-Jewish bigotry in a national newspaper.


Humanitarian goods

By Stephen Pollard, July 27, 2010

This is my favourite quote from Cameron's Gaza remarks today:

Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both

What exactly are the
humanitarian goods that will flow from Gaza to
Israel and


George Baker

By Stephen Pollard, July 21, 2010

The 6.45 at Leicester is a decidedly rubbish little race - worth £2914.20 to the winner, with horses which don't appear even to deserve the label 'modest ability'.

But it has one thing which sets it apart from any race ever run.

George Baker, the horse, is owned by George Baker, trained by George Baker and ridden by George Baker. And those three George Bakers are all different people. If such things matter to you, it's around 20/1 to win.


Moderate Islamists

By Stephen Pollard, July 20, 2010

There's an important post by Lucy Lips at Harry's Place on the so-called 'moderate Islamists'. One paragraph leaps out:


Crime down, prison population up

By Stephen Pollard, July 19, 2010

I've just seen this pithy little post from Douglas Carswell:

Crime is apparently down to a 30 year low. 

Do you suppose it has anything to do with the prison population being at a 25 year high?



Grade inflation doesn't exist? Explain this

By Stephen Pollard, July 19, 2010

Yesterday's Sunday Times reported that:

Universities have been ripping up prospectuses and raising A-level grades to
avoid being overwhelmed by applicants for entry in 2011.

Leeds, Sheffield, Reading and Cardiff are among those telling candidates for
some courses that their prospectuses are now wrong and that students will be
required to get higher grades.


The great Heskey...

By Stephen Pollard, July 16, 2010

Genius from the Sun:


A great career in perspective:

Emile Heskey: Caps 62, Goals 7

Rene Higuita: Caps 68 Goals 8

Jose Luis Chilavert: Caps 74, Goals 8

One thing...the other two are goalkeepers


Ken Clarke is not the first Tory to surrender to the criminal class (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, July 15, 2010

I have a piece in the Telegraph today on penal policy and the Conservatives. It's here.


Major Miller is back

By Stephen Pollard, July 13, 2010

The day has - almost - finally come. 356 days after his last run, Major Miller is lining up again tomorrow night, in the 9.10 at Worcester.

According to his trainer, he is looking and working better than ever before in his 9 years. We've been very patient with him; Nicky's advice has been that it'll be worth it.

I'm advised that I should back him tomorrow but that he will strip much better for the outing. 


David Mitchell - puerile and pathetic

By Stephen Pollard, July 12, 2010

Oh dear; another one bites the dust.

I love Peep Show. And That Mitchell and Webb Look is usually very funny. So I wish I hadn't read David Mitchell's dreadful rubbish yesterday in the Observer, in which he demonstrated that, far from being thoughtful and intelligent, he is a caricature mindless lefty. The start of his piece is simply drivel:


Blogging diplomats and genocidal Ayatollahs

By Stephen Pollard, July 12, 2010

If you're so minded, you can hear my discussion with Rosemary Hollis on Frances Guy here.



Listen in...

By Stephen Pollard, July 9, 2010

I'll be on The World Tonight on Radio 4 at 10pm talking about Frances Guy, the British Ambassador to Lebanon, and her "favourite politician", the suicide bomb loving Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.


Bungle right again?

By Stephen Pollard, July 5, 2010

Astonishingly, Bungle is right again today:

UK refuses to fuel Israeli planes.


Reasons Not to Ringfence the Dfid Budget: No 94

By Stephen Pollard, July 5, 2010

From @IainDale:

Amount spent by India on its space programme: £633 million

Amount of UK development aid to India over next three years: £825 million 


Fiona Banner - self-styled 'artist'

By Stephen Pollard, July 5, 2010

Peter Hitchens had an on the money item in his column yesterday, on the fake profundity of Fiona Banner's display at the 'Tat Gallery':


"The Guardian's executive editor (sustainability) on living our values in trying times"

By Stephen Pollard, July 5, 2010

I didn't realise the Grauniad has such a sense of hunour. I mean, this is a satire, of all those earnest, po-faced, pompous greenies, surely?