Stephen Pollard

Crime down, prison population up

By Stephen Pollard, July 19, 2010

I've just seen this pithy little post from Douglas Carswell:

Crime is apparently down to a 30 year low. 

Do you suppose it has anything to do with the prison population being at a 25 year high?



Grade inflation doesn't exist? Explain this

By Stephen Pollard, July 19, 2010

Yesterday's Sunday Times reported that:

Universities have been ripping up prospectuses and raising A-level grades to
avoid being overwhelmed by applicants for entry in 2011.

Leeds, Sheffield, Reading and Cardiff are among those telling candidates for
some courses that their prospectuses are now wrong and that students will be
required to get higher grades.


The great Heskey...

By Stephen Pollard, July 16, 2010

Genius from the Sun:


A great career in perspective:

Emile Heskey: Caps 62, Goals 7

Rene Higuita: Caps 68 Goals 8

Jose Luis Chilavert: Caps 74, Goals 8

One thing...the other two are goalkeepers


Ken Clarke is not the first Tory to surrender to the criminal class (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, July 15, 2010

I have a piece in the Telegraph today on penal policy and the Conservatives. It's here.


Major Miller is back

By Stephen Pollard, July 13, 2010

The day has - almost - finally come. 356 days after his last run, Major Miller is lining up again tomorrow night, in the 9.10 at Worcester.

According to his trainer, he is looking and working better than ever before in his 9 years. We've been very patient with him; Nicky's advice has been that it'll be worth it.

I'm advised that I should back him tomorrow but that he will strip much better for the outing. 


David Mitchell - puerile and pathetic

By Stephen Pollard, July 12, 2010

Oh dear; another one bites the dust.

I love Peep Show. And That Mitchell and Webb Look is usually very funny. So I wish I hadn't read David Mitchell's dreadful rubbish yesterday in the Observer, in which he demonstrated that, far from being thoughtful and intelligent, he is a caricature mindless lefty. The start of his piece is simply drivel:


Blogging diplomats and genocidal Ayatollahs

By Stephen Pollard, July 12, 2010

If you're so minded, you can hear my discussion with Rosemary Hollis on Frances Guy here.



Listen in...

By Stephen Pollard, July 9, 2010

I'll be on The World Tonight on Radio 4 at 10pm talking about Frances Guy, the British Ambassador to Lebanon, and her "favourite politician", the suicide bomb loving Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.


Bungle right again?

By Stephen Pollard, July 5, 2010

Astonishingly, Bungle is right again today:

UK refuses to fuel Israeli planes.


Reasons Not to Ringfence the Dfid Budget: No 94

By Stephen Pollard, July 5, 2010

From @IainDale:

Amount spent by India on its space programme: £633 million

Amount of UK development aid to India over next three years: £825 million 


Fiona Banner - self-styled 'artist'

By Stephen Pollard, July 5, 2010

Peter Hitchens had an on the money item in his column yesterday, on the fake profundity of Fiona Banner's display at the 'Tat Gallery':


"The Guardian's executive editor (sustainability) on living our values in trying times"

By Stephen Pollard, July 5, 2010

I didn't realise the Grauniad has such a sense of hunour. I mean, this is a satire, of all those earnest, po-faced, pompous greenies, surely?



Criminal damage is fine if the victims are linked to Israel

By Stephen Pollard, July 2, 2010

Melanie Phillips is rightly outraged by the grotesque decision of a Hove jury to acquit seven activists who caused £180,000 damage to an arms factory. The reason: because they were anti-Israel protesters.

As she points out, it's the judge's direction which is deeply worrying:


Shock, horror: Bungle is right

By Stephen Pollard, July 1, 2010

You know what they say about a stopped clock: that it's right twice a day.

Something similar is going on with Bungle.

I was reading his blog - oh, the things I do so you don't have to - when I came across his response to Philip Hollobone's proposed Private Members' Bill to ban the wearing of the burqa. Ignore most of the guff. His final point is what counts: 


We reserve the right to kill your citizens

By Stephen Pollard, June 30, 2010

There's a must-read interview with Tony Blair in the Jerusalem Post (which I was alerted to by Melanie Phillips). I'd suggest you read the whole thing, but his comments on Hamas and the increasing cry for Israel to negotiate with them are particularly good. Such as:


Samuel on England's brains

By Stephen Pollard, June 30, 2010

By far the best analysis of England's failure I've read is by Martin Samuel (I should write 'JC columnist Martin Samuel') in today's Mail. It's here.


Move home to find work - this man will make it easier (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, June 29, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on IDS' plans to allow people in council houses to move for work. It's here (please forgive the awful typos and subbing errors which seem to have crept into it).


By name, by deed

By Stephen Pollard, June 25, 2010

From Greater Manchester Police comes news of the world's most perfectly named brothers:


Walk away whistling

By Stephen Pollard, June 23, 2010

The always thought-provoking Tim Worstall asks this question, to which we all know the answer:

Absolutely every commentator even vaguely left of centre says that
the fiscal contraction (ie, the combination of spending cuts and tax
rises) is going to devastate the economy. We’re going to get a double
dip recession, unemployment will go over 4 million etc.