Stephen Pollard

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.


UK's Iran sanctions are a game-changer, says Israel

By Stephen Pollard, January 12, 2012

It's rare to find consensus on anything among Israeli politicians, soldiers and analysts.


From Castro to Chavez: with great power comes truly great paranoia (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, December 30, 2011

My Telegraph column today on Hugo Chavez's idea that the US has tried to assassinate him with cancer:


Opera: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg

By Stephen Pollard, December 22, 2011

For the ROH's Christmas treat, a six hour midsummer opera. Perverse you might think, until you hear Antonio Pappano's wondrous conducting of perhaps the most beautiful of all opera scores.

He brings an Italianate delicacy, never remotely ponderous, and is easily the best thing about this otherwise pleasant but hardly compelling revival.

The main problem is Wolfgang Koch's Sachs.