Thought crimes

By Stephen Pollard, May 8, 2007

I suppose I need to make clear at the top of this post that I regard the BNP as contemptible; that I consider its members to be despicable; that I despise its leaders as criminal (it's not that I regard its leaders as criminal, it is that they are criminals); and that, for all the 'explanations' offered for the behaviour of supposedly decent people in voting for them, I can think of no justification in any circumstance, ever, for voting for the BNP.

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The new Blair

By Stephen Pollard, May 7, 2007

There's a fascinating piece by Stryker McGuire in the current Newsweek on Angela Merkel - "the new Blair". Do read it all, but here's the kernel of it:

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Reid's disloyalty?

By Stephen Pollard, May 7, 2007

Paul Linford used to be a fine lobby correspondent and he now writes one of the most thoughtful political blogs. Ever the shrewdy, he has an interesting take on John Reid's departure:

As ever with Reid, there are quite a few theories, and they can be summarised thus.

1. He is genuine. He is coming up to 60, wants to take a break from government, and wants Gordon Brown to have the freedom to bring in his own people as he said yesterday.

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Bernard is my hero!

By Stephen Pollard, May 7, 2007

I'ev always thought Bernard Haitink one of the most purely musical of conductors. Now he is my hero, too. How I long to give those barbarians who cough and splutter their way through concerts a piece of my mind. Well, Bernard did just that:

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Is Giuliani nuts?

By Stephen Pollard, May 5, 2007

This Vanity Fair piece by Michael Wolff on Rudy Giuliani's...how can one put it?...foibles is a fabulously entertaining read.

(via Daniel Finkelstein.)

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Doreen Hitler on drums?

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2007

My fellow worker here in the Spectator tractor factory has a terrific post on unlikely named musicians: a couple of Stalins, a Lenine and a Mussolini.

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Royal loses it

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2007

This is the section of the Royal-Sarkozy debate when she got, as it were, hot under her collar and accused her opponent of immorality. It is also, the polls now seem to show, the moment when whatever chance she had of the presidency disappeared (watch the top clip first):

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