Stephen Pollard



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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Brown unravels

By Stephen Pollard, April 28, 2010

Be in no doubt that Brown's 'bigot moment' isn't just some campaign gaffe. It's a huge, unimaginably bad mistake, for two reasons.

First,there's the obvious fact that he was revealing his contempt for what the vast majority of voters think, and that his attempts to appear 'on your side' are such a fraud.

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Clegg and the euro - he doesn't get it

By Stephen Pollard, April 28, 2010

Daniel Finkelstein spells out the illogic of Nick Clegg's position on the euro:

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Why the Tories are right on choice

By Stephen Pollard, April 27, 2010

Should you be interested...The Times has put a small video of me talking about my piece, just above it. It's here.

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Why I’ll vote Tory for the first time in my life (The Times)

By Stephen Pollard, April 27, 2010

I have a piece in today's Times on my political journey. It's here.

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Clegg and Israel explained

By Stephen Pollard, April 21, 2010

I think I've discovered why Nick Clegg loathes Israel so much:

"Every morning he was addicted to reading the Financial Times.”

(from The Times)

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The LibDems and lobbying

By Stephen Pollard, April 21, 2010

The Mail has an excellent piece highlighting leading LibDems' history as lobbyists:

Nothing has done so much to catapult the Liberal Democrats to their
current position in the polls as Nick Clegg's passionate support for
radically reformed politics.

The Lib Dem leader was utterly unequivocal in last week's
televised debate. 'What I've supported all my adult life,' he declared,
'is a complete clean-up from top to toe in politics'.

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Why can't we put Tesco in charge of the country (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, April 21, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on the astonishing success of Tesco and how public services could benefit. It's here.

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