Stephen Pollard

In a parallel universe

By Stephen Pollard, September 6, 2010

This is possibly the most ridiculous opening to a news story I have ever read, by the usually superb Andy McSmith in today's Independent:

The former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik increased the pressure on
Andy Coulson yesterday by questioning his competence and calling for
him to stand down.

Pressure was increased by Lembit Opik offering his thoughts?


The BBC 's leftie bias, by the DG

By Stephen Pollard, September 5, 2010

Peter Hitchens has written the column I'd have loved to write today about the BBC DG's admission of bias, a remark in Edinburgh last week which seems to have gone almost unnoticed.

Here's the key part:

the Director-General himself, Mark Thompson, we have the admission
that, when he joined the Corporation 30 years ago, there was a ‘massive
bias to the Left’.


TfL's suggestion for beating the tube strike

By Stephen Pollard, September 3, 2010

Transport for London have sent a note to businesses in London to help them plan for the tube strike next week.

It's full of useful ideas. The capital's workforce must be particularly grateful for their suggestion that workers try "walking".

They seem to have forgotten to suggest breathing in and out a minimum number of times per minute.

Mr X


Iran casts a giant shadow over the Washington peace talks (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, September 3, 2010

I have a piece in today's Telegraph on the peace talks in Washington. You can read it here.



By Stephen Pollard, September 1, 2010

I'm the Iconoclast tonight on Radio 4 at 8pm. I'll be putting the case for ending taxpayer-funded arts subsidies.



By Stephen Pollard, August 25, 2010

A new series of Iconoclasts starts tonight on Radio 4. I'll be listening with interest, because I'm the protagonist in next week's programme. Here are the details.


This case proves benefit fraud isn't taken seriously (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, August 25, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on benefit fraud. It's here.


JC's circulation up 3.67 per cent

By Stephen Pollard, August 23, 2010

I sent this email to the JC's editorial team this morning. I'm sharing it with you because we are all hugely proud.

I am thrilled to be able to report that the JC's year-on-year ABC circulation figures (30/6/09-30/6/10) are up 3.67%. In June 2009,
circulation was 30,436; this June it reached 31,556 – an increase of


The Liberals have a history of splitting (Daily Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, August 23, 2010

I have a piece on the LibDems in today's Telegraph. It's here.


Blair's donation

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I haven't blogged about the reaction to Tony Blair's donation of his book profits to the British Legion because, to be frank, it disgusts me. Much of the reaction seems to be unhinged.

The facts are simple. Mr Blair has, for no other discernible reason than altruism, decided to hand over millions of pounds which would rightfully be his, to a very worthwhile charity. The only appropriate reaction is praise. And yet his decision has been treated as - perversely, and without even the least piece of evidence - an admission of 'guilt' over Iraq, and has prompted obloquy. 


Cameron's First 100 Days (Wall Street Journal Europe)

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I had a piece in yesterday's Wall Street Journal Europe, on the coalition's first 100 days. It's here.


My moral turpitude

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I think it's important that I mark my return to blogging by discussing one of the big issues of the moment.

So here's a post about Pret a Manger's policy on bags.

I've noticed in recent weeks that when you buy a sarnie from Pret, they no longer offer you a bag. You have to ask. No big deal. But since I've been back at work they seem to have become more trucculent, but I'd not been able to pin it down. Maybe, I thought, I was imagining it.


The BBC on Israel: fair and balanced...

By Stephen Pollard, August 17, 2010

Thanks for your good wishes over my op. As you can see: I'm back and, fingers crossed, all is well. (No, it wasn't anything serious - I have arthritis and they had a fiddle with my shoulder and collar bone.)

I'll start posting properly again tomorrow. But meanwhile - and it's not often I say this about a BBC report on Israel - I urge you to have a look on iPlayer at last night's Panorama on the Gaza flotilla raid. It was remarkably fair, with proper scrutiny and proper balance.  



Au revoir

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2010

There'll be no updates for a while as I'm having an op.

Back in a couple of weeks or so, I hope.


Christina Patterson's unrelenting bigotry

By Stephen Pollard, July 28, 2010

There's not much that shocks me when it comes to op-ed pieces. I read the Grauniad and it's water off a duck's back. I even read Fisk and just yawn. But today's piece by Christina Patterson in the Independent...bloody hell. I honestly can't recall ever reading before such pure, unrelenting unadulterated anti-Jewish bigotry in a national newspaper.


Humanitarian goods

By Stephen Pollard, July 27, 2010

This is my favourite quote from Cameron's Gaza remarks today:

Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both

What exactly are the
humanitarian goods that will flow from Gaza to
Israel and


Where the Big Society happens

By Stephen Pollard, July 22, 2010

One of the many pleasures of being editor of the JC is the opportunity to meet all sorts of people and visit all sorts of places one would never normally encounter.

I'll be honest with you. Important and often inspiring as it is to schlep up and down the country to do that, I'm not always full of beans when the day comes.


George Baker

By Stephen Pollard, July 21, 2010

The 6.45 at Leicester is a decidedly rubbish little race - worth £2914.20 to the winner, with horses which don't appear even to deserve the label 'modest ability'.

But it has one thing which sets it apart from any race ever run.

George Baker, the horse, is owned by George Baker, trained by George Baker and ridden by George Baker. And those three George Bakers are all different people. If such things matter to you, it's around 20/1 to win.


Moderate Islamists

By Stephen Pollard, July 20, 2010

There's an important post by Lucy Lips at Harry's Place on the so-called 'moderate Islamists'. One paragraph leaps out: