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Eh?

By Stephen Pollard, August 3, 2007

I know Sven has been signing some odd players, but what are Bojinov seals, and why are they moving to Man City?

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Wrong but right

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2007

The Economist makes a fair point in dismissing my piece on the religious divide within the EU: Um, how to break this to Mr Pollard...? His entire thesis is based on a misunderstanding. Few people have realised the profound importance of footnote 18, because it is without importance.

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Our enemy's enemy isn't our friend

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2007

Melanie Phillips has a superb post on the idiocy of using Saudi Arabia as an ally against Iran:

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Gould's rare skill

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2007

I've only just caught up with today's news. For me, the most interesting story by far is the Mirror's scoop of a Philip Gould memo.

Daniel Finkelstein's take on it is spot on:

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Why Europe may soon split along religious lines (The Spectator)

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2007

I have a piece in today's magazine about the EU draft reform treaty - on an aspect which has been ignored. Here's an extract:

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Underrated artists

By Stephen Pollard, August 1, 2007

One of my commenters, Carroll Powell, makes a very good suggestion. It's all very well having a go at overrated artists, but it's a lot more use flagging up underrated ones.

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Bergman the Nazi

By Stephen Pollard, August 1, 2007

I'm grateful to Peter Cuthbertson for pointing this out to me:

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Harmless fun...not.

By Stephen Pollard, August 1, 2007

This clip of Channel Four News' Sue Turton having her bottom pinched has become infamous.

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Proper therapy

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2007

This man sounds like my kind of therapist:

Neurosis,” he said, was “just a high-class word for whining.”

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Hmmm

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2007

I'm not sure whether to write the opera ain't over till the fat lady sings, or just curl up and hide.

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Not what it says on the tin

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2007

Sorry about the absence yesterday.

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I Tory sono gia stanchi di Cameron, anche se stavolta non poteva vincere

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

Apologies for my absence yesterday. We moved four weeks ago, and the combination of decorators, builders, locksmiths et al all got too much!

Anyway, my latest Il Foglio column was in yesterday's paper. It's about Mr Cameron and his woes.

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Customer service award

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

I'm a fan of TripAdvisor, which is made up of 'real' people's reviews, and which I've found to be an invaluable source for reasonable hotels. It's not infallible, though, and I think I might well become addicted to its blog. As they put it:

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Not Boris

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

Oh dear, I think I'll be in a minority of about one when I write this here.

I realise that Boris is the Spectator's candidate for Mayor, and that he's an all round funny fellow and all that. But...

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Hurrah for Evan Davis!

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

It's not often I write this, but the Guardian has it spot on (well, almost) today:

There is a new ingredient in my morning mix and it comes in the form of rookie Today programme presenter Evan Davis, better known as BBC economics editor, who has been doing rather a fine job on the flagship Radio 4 news programme.

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Private equity, public good

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

In today's Wall Street Journal, my CNE colleague, Wilfried Prewo, puts the private equity issue in its proper place:

Private Equity has raised our wealth in four major ways.

First, private equity funds are not charities...Their job is to make money for their investors. Their short time frame puts them under pressure to raise a company's valuation, or net worth, fast.

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President Cheney

By Stephen Pollard, July 24, 2007

Via Comment Central, here's the incomparable Daily Show's report on Dick Cheney's accomplishments in his two hours as President:

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Our duty to Iraqis

By Stephen Pollard, July 24, 2007

I get a fair number of emails asking me to post this and endorse that. Many are useful; some are awful. But this one from Dan Hardie, asking me to reproduce a post, struck a chord:

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