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- Stephen Pollard
Jul 15, 2009
There's an excellent post at Conservative Home by Dan Hannan, on the election of Michał Kamiński as leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR):
When Michal made his first speech as an MEP, he hymned the praises
of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, to the unfeigned horror of the
EPP. He is, in short, the closest thing to a British Tory outside the
In a sense, Michal’s election was accidental. It had
originally been planned that he would take a parliamentary
Vice-Presidency while a Briton became the first leader of the European
Conservatives and Reformists (ECR). But my erstwhile colleague Edward
Macmillan-Scott decided to have a go at the Vice-Presidency himself,
which upset all the calculations (Edward lost the Conservative Whip in
- Candice Krieger
Jul 15, 2009
Now I am no expert on drug smuggling but I reckon I could have done a better job than this woman:
Oh, and just to be clear, I have no interest in drug smuggling.
- Danny Caro
Jul 14, 2009
Do not enter. That is the sign I was expecting to see after hearing some unfavourable reports about Lod – the venue for Team GB’s Open Cricket match against South Africa.
The drugs capital of Israel, as described by my driver Ami, who reminds me of Mr T, is somewhere one should try to avoid. Ami is no weakling. He regularly lifts heavy weights and is built like a brickhouse. He has given me plenty of sound advice since I arrived to cover the Maccabiah, so when he talks, I listen.
The fact that he was less than enthusiastic about taking me there said everything I needed to know.
The big news, of course, is that AP McCoy will be riding Major Miller tomorrow. He's running in the 3.40 at Uttoxeter.
Watching the Daily Politics on BBC2. The caption under Andrew Roberts reads:
Andrew has dined in the Whitehouse with...
We hand over our earnings, under threat of imprisonment, for this.
Hamas have discovered a dastardly plot:
Is Israel targeting the Palestinian population in Gaza by distributing libido-increasing chewing gum in the Strip? A Hamas police spokesman in the Gaza Strip Islam Shahwan claimed Monday that Israeli intelligence operatives are attempting to "destroy" the young generation by distributing such materials in the coastal enclave.
Remember that little story last week about President Obama giving a girl the once over at the G8? (Although the video showed - quelle surprise - that Sarkozy's letch was far more pronounced.)
James Delingpole saw the pics and drew a far more important conclusion: the President is losing his hair. Or, as he writes:
[I]s the president’s hair starting to come out in funny, tufty little
packages, almost, one might say, as if the onerous business of
transforming a once proud free nation into a liberal fascist tyranny
has started to trouble not just his mind but his scalp too.
- Jenni Frazer
Jul 13, 2009
I've just learned, with some consternation, that Prime Minister Gordon Brown was born in the same nursing home in Glasgow as me and my brother. (Brown's older, by the way.)
I didn't realise that the Orchard Park Nursing Home, now a hotel, was supposedly the Queen Charlotte's of Glasgow. How aspirant of my parents.
And there was I thinking that the blue plaque in the bar was reserved for us.
- Jessica Elgot
Jul 13, 2009
Ok, yes this is my second Harry Potter related post in my very short time at the JC, but I couldn't resist this.
The Telegraph reports that Daniel Radcliffe is following in the footsteps of his Jewish poetic forefathers like Allen Ginsberg and Isaac Rosenberg by pouring out his little teenage heart into poetry for cult mag 'Rubbish'.
But Radcliffe decided to keep his anonymity by using the distinctly kosher pen name Jacob Gershon, a combination of his middle name and the Jewish version of his mother's maiden name, Gresham.