Stephen Pollard

Despair is sometimes the only possible response

By Stephen Pollard, April 11, 2012

There are times when the only appropriate response to events is despair.

Yes, this week the European Court of Human Rights approved the extradition to the US of five terrorist suspects. But it's mystifying how anyone can take cheer.



By Stephen Pollard, April 6, 2012

There is one compelling reason to see this revival of David McVicar's 11-year-old production of Rigoletto.


Theatre of rudeness (Spectator)

By Stephen Pollard, March 23, 2012

I've just realised that my Spectator piece about BO - yes, indeed - is now out from behind the paywall. It's here.


Toulouse horror is the latest spawn of radical Islam

By Stephen Pollard, March 22, 2012

The familiar headlong rush with which the culprits of a terrorist attack are pronounced with certainty barely minutes after it happens has rarely been more decisively skewered than on Wednesday morning.

France woke up to the news that it was not, as the media had spent two days insisting, a crazed fascist who had murdered three North Africans and four Jews in two separate attacks.


Opera: Miss Fortune

By Stephen Pollard, March 15, 2012

I cannot recall a new opera being more comprehensively trashed by critics than Judith Weir's Miss Fortune.

It stands accused of almost every flaw an opera can have: a feeble plot, derivative music, a static production, badly drawn characters and a banal libretto.

Yet the reaction from the first-night audience was very warm, with full-throated bravos and cheers.


The Americans do not regard us as special any more (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, March 14, 2012

My latest Express column, on the Prime Minister's US visit. It's here.


Review: The Death of Klinghoffer

By Stephen Pollard, March 1, 2012

John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer trails controversy in its wake. The eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin has called it antisemitic.


President Fayyad could change the PA landscape

By Stephen Pollard, February 20, 2012

Ever since he became Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority in 2007, Salam Fayyad's popularity - both among Palestinians and with Western governments - has been built on one crucial factor. In an area where corruption had been endemic, and trustworthiness a seemingly mythical concept, Fayyad is incorruptible. He makes no empty promises. And he delivers concrete changes.


For once, Richard Dawkins is lost for words (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, February 15, 2012

I have a column in today's Telegraph on atheism. It's here.


Abu Qatada's threat to national security (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, February 7, 2012

My Express column on the outrageous decision to release Abu Qatada from prison is here.


Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte

By Stephen Pollard, February 2, 2012

There is only one reason to see this ninth revival of Jonathan Miller's production of Mozart's Così Fan Tutte. But it's compelling.

Sir Colin Davis' conducting is peerless. It's easy to take him for granted, so familiar a presence is he in London's musical life.


'Yet another farce from the hated Human Rights Act' (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, January 13, 2012

I have a piece in today's Express on the law suit brought against the government by Cait Reilly. It's here.


PA shares Israel's nuclear Iran fears

By Stephen Pollard, January 12, 2012

The Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad, has attacked the behaviour of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and said that he shares Western - and Israeli - concerns with the Iranians' nuclear project.

Speaking in his Ramallah headquarters, Prime Minister Fayyad said that the Palestinians were "greatly harmed" by the Iranian leader's conduct.