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More New Age nonsense

By Stephen Pollard, August 13, 2007

I'm not sure I've ever seen a sillier, or misleading, supposedly serious piece in the Observer than this by their astrologer, Neil Spencer.

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The Guardian mindset

By Stephen Pollard, August 13, 2007

This is an interesting insight into the mindset at Comment is Free. The editors are happy to publish a piece such as Neil Clark's. But according to Dr. Denis MacEoin, they rejected this entirely factual and mainstream piece by him on antisemitism, dismissing it as exaggerated.

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Lies, guesses, speculation and missing Madeleine (The Times)

By Stephen Pollard, August 13, 2007

I have a piece in today's Times on the coverage of the Madeleine McCann case. Here's an extract:

Yesterday’s papers were full of more supposed information about Madeleine’s disappearance. That her friends had nothing to do with it. That her friends had something to do with it. That she was murdered. That she was abducted. That Robert Murat is involved. That he isn’t. That she had an accident.

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Missing out on the fun

By Stephen Pollard, August 12, 2007

Friday night means different things to different people. Last Friday I was at Sadler's Wells to see Paco Pena. Usually it's a Friday night meal with friends and family.

It seems I'm missing out, though. And poor Steve McFadden (East Enders' Phil Mitchell) has had his traditional Friday night ruined by his filming schedule:

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Ouch. I mean...ouch

By Stephen Pollard, August 10, 2007

As hatchet jobs go, this piece about Bush's forner speechwriter, Mike Gerson, by a former colleague, is Premiership quality:

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I left my heart in Frankfurt Airport

By Stephen Pollard, August 9, 2007

Corporate songs; doncha luv 'em?

I'm not sure what's the most surreal thing about this: the soft-rock screaming song, or the Spielberg-like video about...Frankfurt Airport.

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Stifle the yawn

By Stephen Pollard, August 8, 2007

It's time for another dose of the insomnia cure. I'll be on Anita Anand's programme on Five Live tonight from 11pm to 1am.

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Comments

By Stephen Pollard, August 7, 2007

I'm so sorry that the comments system is totally screwed. I've had many today emailed in about the banks post, but none are up - if you're one of the commenters, I'm really sorry, and I am trying to get this fixed.

And yes, I know it's also the case that people have found it impossible to get the comments section up on their screen. Again, apologies.

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Our debt to Iraqis

By Stephen Pollard, August 7, 2007

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the campaign to repay our debt to those Iraqis who have been helping the forces of democracy.

Here's an update from Dan Hardie, who has been coordinating the campaign. He asks that you post any reply you might have had from your MP in the comments section of his post.

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Show me a bank with backbone (The Times)

By Stephen Pollard, August 7, 2007

I have a piece in today's Times on the bank charges rumpus. Here's an extract:

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Where's Eddie Fisher when you need him?

By Stephen Pollard, August 6, 2007

What I can't work out is why a comedy actress is in charge of dealing with the foot and mouth outbreak.

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Jane Fonda to Dr Strangelove

By Stephen Pollard, August 6, 2007

A pretty good line from Mitt Romney about Barack Obama:

In one week he went from saying he's going to sit down for tea with our enemies to he's going to bomb our allies. He went from Jane Fonda to Dr Strangelove in one week.

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Fish and...

By Stephen Pollard, August 6, 2007

Chippy? Moi?

I bow to Pooter Geek on this one.

And I'm happy to be proved wrong about Boris (although I suspect I shouldn't hold my breath). I certainly was about Ken.

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Ottolenghi's blog

By Stephen Pollard, August 6, 2007

There's a new blog I'd like to point you towards.

Mu friend Emanuele Ottolenghi, director of the Transatlantic Institure in Brussels, has a blog on (mainly) Middle Eastern issues. You can be sure that his take on things is always worth reading. This latest post is typical:

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Politician/conductor?

By Stephen Pollard, August 3, 2007

There I was, thinking that the frontrunner for the Republican nomination was only a former NYC Mayor. It turns out that he's also one of the greatest conductors who ever lived. According to Virgin Records in LA...

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Moron or paedo?

By Stephen Pollard, August 3, 2007

Now that Chris Langham has been convicted, I can write what I've wanted to write since his arrest. What is it with these people who, when they've been found with depraved dowloaded images of children, start pleading all sorts of excuses in supposed defence of their behaviour? Research, abuse as a child, blah blah blah.

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Not hard. Just arseholes.

By Stephen Pollard, August 3, 2007

The always wonderful Simon Barnes has another terrific column today on the England cricket team's pathetic behaviour:

The taunting of an opponent by leaving sweets on the pitch is pathetic. It destroys a spectator’s pleasure in the game. It certainly made me switch my allegiance to India. I thought England deserved what they got. And I don’t think I was alone in that.

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