The Lives of Others really is as good as the hype

By Stephen Pollard, May 15, 2007

Clive, Clive...I'm mystified by your post on The Lives of Others. I've always thought of you as a man of discernment and taste. So I don't understand how you could you write this: "[T]he characterisation is one-dimensional, the pacing is ponderous in the extreme and the storyline is full of unexplained holes."

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The cult of Scientology

By Stephen Pollard, May 15, 2007

One of my journalistic heroes is John Sweeney. A one-man justice machine, he is one of the few people in (to define it broadly) public life who is entirely a force for good, righting some terrible injustices. His most recent triumph was the case of Angela and Ian Gray (the couple wrongly convicted of poisoning their child with salt), which he wrote about in this Sunday Times piece.

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Hezbollah's hidden armoury

By Stephen Pollard, May 14, 2007

There was an important story in Le Figaro last week which seems to have been ignored by the British press:

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Hidden benefits

By Stephen Pollard, May 14, 2007

It seems that among the consequences of the liberation of Iraq from Saddam is that the UK is now a no-hoper in the Eurovision Song Contest.

If it means that the BBC no longer bothers to waste an entire Saturday night televising this pointlessly stupid piece of rubbish, then no one will be able to say that the war was entirely without benefit.

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I've said it - it's out there

By Stephen Pollard, May 11, 2007

There's an excellent interview with Sir Simon Rattle here. Well worth a read.

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Blair's legacy is social democracy

By Stephen Pollard, May 11, 2007

The National Review has a rather good series of short posts on Blair's legacy. This is what I had to say:

Blair is misunderstood even in his own county, let alone in the U.S. He has been a traditional tax and spend social democrat — no more, no less — but with the political genius to make that ideology popular with the mass middle classes who decide elections.

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