Stephen Pollard

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.


Finally discipline is back on every school curriculum (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, September 3, 2011

I have a piece in today's Express on Michael Gove's speech on discipline. It's here:


Benefit claimants are still living in the lap of luxury (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, August 17, 2011

I had a piece in yesterday's Express on housing benefit abuse. It's here.


The breakdown of family life has led to today's anarchy (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, August 11, 2011

My take on what lies behind the riots, in today's Express:


The EU is in crisis and no one can sort out the mess (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, August 6, 2011

My take on the behaviour of our glorious leaders, here:


Crisis in private pensions is down to one man (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2011

I have a piece in today's Express on Gordon Brown's pension vandalism. It's here.


It is time to bury the corpse of the single currency (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, July 21, 2011

I have a piece in today's Express on the euro crisis. It's here.


Gaza flotilla II: This time, Israel took the diplomatic route (The Guardian)

By Stephen Pollard, July 8, 2011

I have a piece on Comment is Free on the supposed flotilla to Gaza. It's here.

(I understand it will be in the paper edition tomorrow.)


We must regain right to kick out foreign criminals (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, June 30, 2011

I have a piece in today's Express on the ECHR's judgement on Somali criminals' deportation. It's here.


Chewton Glen

By Stephen Pollard, June 23, 2011

Think of Chewton Glen and you think of quiet, serenity and, perhaps, middle age.


Crete: Check-out this haven on earth

By Stephen Pollard, June 16, 2011

Can we talk about check-out? Check-in – oh yes, you'll read all sorts of stories about how long it took, messing up reservations, that sort of thing. But no one ever mentions check-out.

Not surprising, really. Who wants to remember leaving a wonderful hotel, or being stiffed with a bill which is always more than you imagined.

So let me change that.


PM must keep his nerve when faced with opposition (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, June 14, 2011

My take on the government's various u-turns, in today's Express. It's here.


Ignorance of those who say Osborne's plan isn't working (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, June 7, 2011

I've a piece in today's Express on George Osborne's Plan A. It's here.


Why do we allow career criminals to escape prison? (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, May 31, 2011

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


Cameron's empty gesture will not help peace (The Times)

By Stephen Pollard, May 31, 2011

I have a piece in today's Times about David Cameron's decision to resign as a patron of the JNF. It's here.


A call from the Guardian's Israel bureau

By Stephen Pollard, May 17, 2011

UPDATE: Ms Sherwood left me a voicemail after seeing my initial post below, complaining that she did not scream. And you know what, listening to the conversation, it's a fair point and I'm happy to change that. It felt like screaming to me as her voice was very loud on my phone. I've edited the post to take that out.


Vital NHS reforms are casualties of bad management (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, May 10, 2011

I have a piece in today's Express about the proposed NHS reforms. It's here.