Stephen Pollard

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.


At last, someone tells it straight on the euro crisis (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, December 20, 2011

My take on Boris Johnson's comments, in today's Express


Mr Cameron, you have done Britain a great service (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, December 10, 2011

My take on the Brussels summit, in today's Express


No Two Ways to Fix Britain's Budget (Wall Street Journal Europe)

By Stephen Pollard, November 29, 2011

My take on George Osborne's statement in today's Wall Street Journal Europe: George Osborne wants a 3% spending cut. Labour wanted 2.2%. The difference is hardly Keynes vs. Hayek.


The Euro has failed (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, October 28, 2011

My Express column on Angela Merkel's comments about peace in Europe. It's here


Gilad Shalit's release could mean triumph for terrorists (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, October 19, 2011

I have a column in today's Telegraph on the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. It's here.


Don't whine about poverty - go out and create wealth (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, October 18, 2011

My take on the so-called Occupy protests outside St Paul's. It's here.


Why are elderly people treated so badly by the NHS? (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, October 14, 2011

My take on the QCC's report is in today's Express here


A tawdry Holocaust opera

By Stephen Pollard, October 3, 2011

I have good news for James Inverne.

On this page last week, James highlighted the regularity with which arts events of specific interest to Jews are scheduled for days when no remotely observant Jew can attend.

The latest example is The Passenger, the much-hyped opera set in Auschwitz, which lay unperformed on stage from its composition by Mieczyslaw Weinberg in 1967 until last year.


PM 'fights for Israel' as Labour backs Pal bid

By Stephen Pollard and Martin Bright, September 22, 2011

The Prime Minister flew to New York this week "to fight for Israel" at the United Nations, according to senior Conservative Party sources.


Opera: Il Trittico

By Stephen Pollard, September 15, 2011

The ROH's new Il Trittico - a triple bill of Puccini operas - is not perfect. But the Richard Jones productions have one linking thread which make the evening a must.

The opening Il Tabarro starts off ponderously but then becomes a gripping story of murderous passion. Eva-Maria Westbroek was feted for her title role in the awful Nicole.