Stephen Pollard



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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LibDems exposed

By Stephen Pollard, May 11, 2010

If you've been wondering why I've written so much about the LibDems on this blog, now you know. Anyone who's ever worked professionally with them knows that they are a bunch of unprincipled, hypocritical liars who claim the moral high ground as they behave with the morals of - as David Blunkett put it this morning on the Today programme - a harlot.

Saying one thing and doing another is their stock in trade; and saying one thing to one group and something opposite to another is par for their course.

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Election 2010: Stephen Pollard's Analysis

By Stephen Pollard, May 7, 2010

The old joke is that when Mao Tse Tung was asked what had been the consequences of the French Revolution, he replied that it was too soon to tell.

Here we are, on Friday afternoon, and we still have no firm idea of the consequences of the results. All three party leaders have spoken, and the ball seems to be firmly in David Cameron’s court (or perhaps I should say Nick Clegg’s) but, as last night itself showed, nothing in this election is predictable.

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The great British public

By Stephen Pollard, May 6, 2010

My occasional JC colleague, Keren David, has just posted
this on Facebook:

Overheard on the bus: 'So..I just went to vote. My God it was so complicated. There was one piece of paper where you had to pick three people..what's that all about?..Pick one from each party? No..that doesn't make sense. Then on the other piece of paper there were two people just put down as Independent. I mean, what the hell? How are you meant to know which party they come from?'

 

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Michael Crick and the "imbecile"

By Stephen Pollard, May 6, 2010

For anyone who wasn't watching Newsnight last night:

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It was Mandy wot lost it (The Spectator)

By Stephen Pollard, May 6, 2010

I have a piece in this week's Spectator about Lord Mandelson. I'm afraid it's behind a paywall so I can't link to it. But you can get the gist of it from the title - "It was Mandy wot lost it".

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You can keep your parties

By Stephen Pollard, May 6, 2010

Election night is where I reveal my inner misanthrope.

I can't say I've been invited to that many parties - two, truth be told - but they are both quite glamorous and ritzy affairs. But do you want to know where I'll be? Sitting on my sofa, remote in hand, flicking between the channels and lapping it up. Thing is, I loathe election night parties, where you are inevitably assailed by someone at the very moment a result you want to hear is coming in, and where all sorts of people whose views of what's unfolding are of no interest whatsoever are all that you get to hear.

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Whistling in the wind

By Stephen Pollard, May 5, 2010

Jonathan Freedland warns the Grauniad's 3 Conservative voters that they shouldn't be.

Preaching to the converted, methinks.

 

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More BBC 'sod the licence payer' incompetence

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2010

Ben Brogan writes what I was about to write on the BBC's almighty Proms cock-up. A typical example of the sort of 'progress' that takes something that works fine, and makes it bloody awful.

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Maestro Clegg

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2010

The wonderful pianist Stephen Hough - who one doesn't usually associate with political analysis - has a penetrating observation:

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Steer clear of Patten

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2010

According to Ben Brogan:

a plan is being hatched to replace Lady Ashton, the Labour peer
currently serving as British commissioner, with Lord Patten of Barnes.

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Sood for PM!

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2010

Manish Sood: what's not to love? He's just told Sky that he was part of the Labour Party "before I was born".

Clearly he's quite special.

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Cameron doesn't need Clegg

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2010

The estimable Paul Waugh has an important post on how David Cameron could head a minority government and still accomplish most of the Conservatives' agenda. Here's his conclusion:

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The FT's Tory endorsement

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2010

Not often I'll say this, but...Guido Fawkes says everything I was thinking:

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The politics writer who doesn't understand elections

By Stephen Pollard, April 29, 2010

The hilariously awful Mehdi Hasan of the New Statesman has a go at me today and in doing so reveals much about his mindset:

 

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