Stephen Pollard



Fingers crossed for Cheltenham triumph

By Stephen Pollard, March 10, 2011

The 361-day countdown is almost over. On Tuesday, the Cheltenham Festival begins: the four greatest days of the year.

For any racing fan - to my mind, any real sports fan - there is nothing that comes close to Cheltenham.

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Are our universities selling themselves to the highest bidder? (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, March 4, 2011

I have a piece in today's Telegraph on Arab funding of universities. It's here.

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The Guardian's climate

By Stephen Pollard, March 3, 2011

My colleague Jenni Frazer has written a blistering and entirely correct piece about the Guardian's coverage today of antisemitism. As she writes:

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Unintended consequences (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, March 3, 2011

I have a short piece in today's Express on the law of unintended consequences and the ECJ car insurance judgement. It's here.

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Opera: Anna Nicole

By Stephen Pollard, February 25, 2011

It's a strange experience being in a minority of one. Seeing the standing ovation, hearing the thunderous applause, and then reading the reactions of my fellow critics, I wonder how people can have such a bizarrely positive reaction to so wretched a piece of rubbish.

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The local nick

By Stephen Pollard, February 22, 2011

From the incomparable Richard Littlejohn today:

As I write, Sky is reporting that protesters have set fire to a police
station in Tripoli. That’s nice for them. They’re lucky they can find a
police station to set fire to. Our local nick in North London shut up
shop donkey’s years ago.

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The man who saved the Grand National (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, February 21, 2011

I have a piece in today's Express about Cyril Stein. It's here.

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The real big society

By Stephen Pollard, February 14, 2011

Writing about the Big Society (cringe-makingly awful name for an important and good modus operandi), Ben Brogan hits the nail on the head:

[T]he combined might of Labour’s useful idiots in the voluntary and
charitable sector...are neither volunteers nor charitable – they are
paid and their money comes not from individuals but the state. No
wonder they snap any time a hand reaches to turn off the tap.

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Prosor named as UN Ambassador

By Stephen Pollard, February 13, 2011

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed today that the current Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Ron Prosor, is to be the new Ambassador to the UN.

His replacement in London will be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's current National Security Adviser, Uzi Arad.

The appointment of a UN Ambassador has been a running sore within the coalition as successive candidates have turned it down, some publicly. Other suggested names are said to have caused friction between the PM and the Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

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Tzipi Livni the clear star of Herzliya

By Stephen Pollard, February 11, 2011

You may have been wondering exactly what Kadima leader Tzipi Livni has been doing for the past 12 months, having apparently spent much of the time on the sidelines of Israeli politics.

The answer, it seems, was sharpening up her vision of what direction Israel should be taking - as her speech to the annual Herzliya conference on Monday demonstrated.

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Tzipi Livni: We ALL have a voice on Israel

By Stephen Pollard and Martin Bright, February 11, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Israel's Opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, has made an unprecedented declaration of support for the call by Mick Davis, chairman of both the UJIA and the executive committee of the Jewish Leadership Council, for a role for the diaspora in discussing Israel's future.

Ms Livni, speaking to the JC, said: "As leaders, we in Israel must take into account the concerns of diaspora Jewry. Israel is strong enough to take criticism from within the family of Jews, who say, ok, we disapprove of Israeli policy, but we stand firm for Israel."

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Opera: The Magic Flute

By Stephen Pollard, February 4, 2011

There are few more soul-destroying moments in a theatre than when, moments before the curtain rises, the empty seat in front of you, with its uninterrupted view of the stage, is suddenly empty no more. And it is always the tallest man in the building who comes in last and plonks himself in front of you.

Well, it happens to critics, too. As I was settling into my seat, waiting for Sir Colin Davis to walk into the pit and raise his arms, what must have been not the tallest man, not the two tallest men, but the three tallest men who have ever been seen sat down in the row in front of me.

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Guardian's shame

By Stephen Pollard, January 27, 2011

You might be interested in our leader in tomorrow's paper, on the Guardian's handling of the Palestine Papers. 

Here it is in full:

Guardian's shame

As a general rule, it ill behoves one newspaper to attack another.
But there are exceptions to every rule. The Guardian's behaviour this week, even by its own often disreputable standards over Israel, has been simply shocking.

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The Day Today lives

By Stephen Pollard, January 26, 2011

Sky News presenter: We're just getting information about how the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted. With me is Joel Hills, our correspondent. What are we learning, Joel?

Joel Hills: Well, Charlotte, we're learning how the Monetary Policy Committee voted.

 

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Is David Lammy an idiot?

By Stephen Pollard, January 26, 2011

As a season ticket holder at the greatest team the world has ever seen (that's Spurs, of course) I've followed the moves over the Olympic stadium with some horror. I can see the advantages, but we are a North London team. That's our club's DNA.  (And the last thing I want to do is schlep to Stratford when we play.)  

But the behaviour of David Lammy, the local MP, is hilarious. He seems to have missed Campaigning 101 when he was at college, because all he does is throw insults at Daniel Levy, rather than build a case and seek to persuade.

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The PA has betrayed people who, er, aren't Palestinian

By Stephen Pollard, January 25, 2011

Never let it be said that the PSC have no sense of
humour. At least I assume this press release, which has just popped into my
inbox, is meant as a joke:

Subject: SCOTS PALESTINE GROUP CONDEMNS PALESTINIAN
AUTHORITY AS “COLLABORATORS”.

Tuesday 25th January 2011

Scottish Palestine
Solidarity Campaign: Media Release

SCOTS PALESTINE GROUP CONDEMNS PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AS
“COLLABORATORS”.

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