What's Opera, Doc?

By Stephen Pollard, May 16, 2007

Tim Worstall, thank you. THANK YOU! I saw this, the greatest cartoon ever, when I was a kid, and have never seen it since. It is even better and cleverer than I remembered. It is sheer bloody genius.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in Wagner's What's Opera, Doc?

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So not antisemitic

By Stephen Pollard, May 16, 2007

Daniel Finkelstein puts Iain Dale straight for asserting that Borat is somehow antisemitic:

There has been a debate about this among Jews, with the US anti-defamation league attacking Sacha Baron Cohen. But I think (admittedly unscientifically, I haven't got a poll to hand) that the vast majority share my view. Borat is a vicious satire on anti-semitism.

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Turkey

By Stephen Pollard, May 16, 2007

I've been to Turkey a few times, the last a couple of years ago to speak at a government conference on EU entry. I didn't make myself the most popular person in the room when I pointed out at the start that, however critical I thought it was that the EU brings Turkey into the fold, it wasn't going to happen. France and Germany will simply not let it happen. End of story.

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Whodathunkit?

By Stephen Pollard, May 16, 2007

A truly bizarre story in the Telegraph:

Many families are experiencing inflation of more than twice the official rate published by the Government, according to figures produced for The Daily Telegraph by Capital Economics.

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Brogan's blog

By Stephen Pollard, May 15, 2007

Benedict Brogan of the Daily Mail has an excellent political blog, always full of insight. But for sheer fun, do have a read of his account of the Alan Johnson campaign launch:

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A mild spat, contd.

By Stephen Pollard, May 15, 2007

Call the dogs off.

The Lives of Others apart, I do agree with Clive's response to my post, not least about the preposterously over-hyped Quention Tarrantino. I found Pulp Fiction to be not just badly made as a piece of film craft, but really quite disgusting. And nothing he's made since has been other than embarrassing.

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Euston Manifesto

By Stephen Pollard, May 15, 2007

The Euston Manifesto, in case you haven't come across it before, was a statement signed last year by a group of sensible left wingers who believe, as their statement concluded:

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