Stephen Pollard



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...

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Punishing sensible drinkers is not the way to stop drunks (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, June 3, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on the proposal to have a unit price for alcohol. It's here.

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The left's selective outrage

By Stephen Pollard, June 2, 2010

Peter Hitchens (to whom Mazeltov on winning the George Orwell Prize) has a fantastic post on the left's selective outrage over Israel. It's here.

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Is Israel a Rogue State (Daily Mirror)

By Stephen Pollard, June 2, 2010

I have a piece in the Mirror today - a Yes/No with John Pilger on the question, Is Israel a Rogue State? It's here.

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Gaza analysis: These were not 'peace protesters'

By Stephen Pollard, May 31, 2010

It’s depressing, but not in the least bit surprising, that the ‘condemn first, ask questions later (if at all)’ attitude towards Israel is as universal as ever.

To judge from the media coverage of what happened last night, you’d think that the IDF had attacked a defenceless group of peace activists almost for the sake of it, shooting indiscriminately and behaving like barbarians.

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Hague is no friend of Israel

By Stephen Pollard, May 28, 2010

I have a column about William Hague in this week's paper. It's here.

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Hague is no friend of Israel

By Stephen Pollard, May 27, 2010

There's a lazy theory among some in our community that - to be blunt - the Conservatives are good for the Jews, and Labour less so. Specifically, that Labour's backbench army of anti-Israel zealots stands in contrast with the more generally pro-Israel stance of the Tories.

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Christian Aid's lies

By Stephen Pollard, May 26, 2010

My colleague Jenni Frazer exposes a truly outrageous libel by Christian Aid

Christian Aid truly are one of the most appalling NGOs in existence, an organisation which fosters hate and bases its obsessive anti-Israel propaganda on falsehoods.

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Sarah Palin, poet

By Stephen Pollard, May 26, 2010

This is wonderful:

What a piece of work
That Mr. Klein is!
For the piece
That he wrote, that is

Something else, you know
You would hope,
That the powers that
Be at a, quote, unquote,

"Reputable" organization
Like Time magazine
That they would hold
Their employee-e-e—

And I assume that
Mr. Klein gets paid
For the columns that
He writes—that they

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Pot calling black kettle, Andrew Gilligan

By Stephen Pollard, May 26, 2010

Very good points by Andrew Gilligan on Pauline Neville-Jones' interview with the Islam Channel.

But he ends with this:

...seven out of ten, Pauline: but do watch whose studio sofa you sit on.

Er, yes. But he should take his own advice. Andrew Gilligan has an interview programme on Press TV, the propaganda channel of the Iranian government.

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Michael Gove's first fight is against the enemy within (Daily Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, May 26, 2010

I have a piece in today's Telegraph on the obstacles Michael Gove will face reforming the education system. It's here.

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Hackney Conservatives - non people

By Stephen Pollard, May 17, 2010

I'm late to this party, but this story about Hackney Council is astonishing. Read the whole thing.

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Carole Cadwalladr: Norman Lamont was the only qualified Chancellor (er, I think that's what she's saying)

By Stephen Pollard, May 17, 2010

There's a good piece to be written on the absence of women in government. But Carole Cadwalladr's ridiculous piece in the Obsever isn't it.

Ms Cadwalladr's argument rests on her dislike - and that appears to be putting it mildly - of George Osborne:

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Give Gove a minister for school reform

By Stephen Pollard, May 12, 2010

I'll be writing at some length soon on the barriers to education reform for which Michael Gove needs to look out, based on my experience as an advocate of vouchers and what I learned writing David Blunkett's biography.

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Jeremy Vine show

By Stephen Pollard, May 11, 2010

I'll be on the Jeremy Vine programme on Radio 2 at 1.30, talking about Brown's legacy. I'm on with Jonathan Freedland who, as it happens, is writing his column (on Brown!) for this week's JC at this very minute.

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