Rudy cares?

By Stephen Pollard, June 12, 2007

Last month I posted an interesting piece on Rudy Giuliani's state of mind. Here, on the other hand, is a more positive view.

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WWGD about the tired and emotional...?

By Stephen Pollard, June 11, 2007

The consistently intersting Ben Brogan has a post about Brown, foreign travel, and Sarkozy. Well worth reading. But make sure you also have a look at this video of Sarkozy's press conference. Hilarious.

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Podhoretz, Israel, the US and antisemitism

By Stephen Pollard, June 11, 2007

The Jerusalem Post has a marvellous interview with Norman Podhoretz (my intellectual hero). It's all the more interesting for being conducted by his daughter. Here's an extended extract, on the US and antisemitism:

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Fatuous gestures

By Stephen Pollard, June 10, 2007

Purlease,,, Gesture politics at its most empty. What a load of *%$@! I will make sure to turn on every light in my house between 9 and 10pm on Thursday week.

Mind you, this extract from the piece reminded me of a lovely story:

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London's Mayor

By Stephen Pollard, June 9, 2007

This is what the Guardian describes as Ken Livingstone being "in fine form":

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The sheer horror of it, my dear

By Stephen Pollard, June 9, 2007

I confess to being unaware of Paris Hilton's oeuvre. But I was struck by this sentence in an account of her return to prison, and the reasons why she had been let out in the first place:

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And your point is?

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2007

I'll be returning to this at greater length, but a friend sat her British citizenship test this week. The questions were truly weird. Among the things she was asked was:When do children get pocket money: daily, weekly or monthly?

Eh? What on earth is that about? And is there even any right answer?

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Random plug

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2007

A site I very much enjoy is Pooter Geek. It's difficult to pin it down, which is half the fun. The author has a lovely way with words, and is well worth reading.

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Explanation and apology

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2007

A couple of people have emailed to say that my mentions of Neil Clark are boring and unworthy of me. I should, they say, have bigger fish to fry.

And the thing is, they're right. But...

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Keeping the oiks out

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2007

Tim Worstall has an original explanation of Polly Toynbee's support for Harriet Harperson, rather than Hilary Benn:

[N]iece of a Countess supported by g-g grandaughter of an Earl.

Hilary Benn is, of course, merely the second son of a Viscount.

Further, the Harman connection is to a title from 1677, the Toynbee one to a title from 1322, revived in 1660.

The Viscountcy dates only from 1942.

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