Stephen Pollard

"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.


The worst of the worst

By Stephen Pollard, June 16, 2010

Damn that Oliver Kamm! I was about to enter Daniel Finkelstein's competition for the worst Labour minister with Glenda Jackson when he got there first.


Our knowledge of these two teams is limited

By Stephen Pollard, June 16, 2010

Fantastic piece by Tom English on the abysmal level of World Cup punditry by the BBC and ITV 'experts'. Do read it.

(Via Alex Massie, whose own post is also well worth reading.)


Boom boom

By Stephen Pollard, June 16, 2010

JC columnist Martin Samuel has - of course - the best joke of the World Cup so far, in today's Mail:

Good news from the England camp. Robert Green has now faced 900 shots
in training and has not conceded a single goal. Fabio Capello is so
pleased he says that from tomorrow he is going to let him and Emile
Heskey train with the rest of the squad


It;'s not me!

By Stephen Pollard, June 15, 2010

To those reporters who have rung me for comment on the Saville report: I'm not the Stephen Pollard who represents the soldiers who appeared as witnesses.

Two who called me said how surprised they were that I had two jobs, one editing the JC and opining in various places and another as a high profile solicitor. Not half as surprised as me.



It's all Neil Warnock's fault

By Stephen Pollard, June 14, 2010

Forget all the analysis you've read about Rob Green's fumble. I know the real reason we screwed up on Saturday: it's all Neil Warnock's fault. The man admits it himself:

When Gerrard scored we were still finishing our dinner. And being
superstitious I felt we shouldn't move from the table. We went for the
comfort of the sofa and armchairs, though, and the rest is history.


The end of Israel? (The Spectator)

By Stephen Pollard, June 10, 2010

My Spectator piece from last week is now free from its paywall. You can read it here.


Dianne Abbott's personal charm

By Stephen Pollard, June 10, 2010

Iain Dale has a delicious anecdote about Dianne Abbott - truly one of the most unpleasant people I have encountered in my twenty years in and around Westmnister.

Wayne David found himself last week in a lift in Portcullis House with Diane Abbott. There was a short silence until...


Israel, human decency, common humanity

By Stephen Pollard, June 9, 2010

Brilliant post by Eve Garrard ripping apart that canard that Israel lacks decency, the latest theme of the chatterati. It's here.


Stupid, stupid, stupid

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2010

Neil D at Harry's Place says that this piece by Melanie McDonagh contains the

most stupid comment on [the] immigration debate. Ever.

I think he's too kind.

It's possibly the most stupid comment. Ever:


Israel and the West (The Spectator)

By Stephen Pollard, June 3, 2010

I have a piece in today's Spectator on why the West views Israel with such hostility. I'm afraid it's subscription only, however, so you'll have to buy the mag if you want to read it.