Stephen Pollard

So, who does deserve a platform?

By Stephen Pollard, January 13, 2011

The JC has been proud of its long association with JBW. But one now has to wonder what it is becoming.

Last year a key session was handed over to two fanatical Israel-bashers, Tariq Ali and Mary-Kay Wilmers, editor of the London Review of Books. This year, Gideon Levy is to be joined by the Independent's Johann Hari, whose visceral hatred of Israel makes his colleague Robert Fisk seem like a Zionist in comparison.

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The Independent and the execution of the Queen

By Stephen Pollard, January 10, 2011

I'm not sure the phrase 'self-aware' could be applied to the Independent. Today's paper is, to be blunt, disgusting.

Bien pensant opinion has, it seems, already decided - without a shred of conclusive evidence one way or the other - that the man who shot Gabrielle Giffords and murdered the people next to her was driven to act by the rhetoric of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

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The Blair Hitch Project

By Stephen Pollard, January 7, 2011

As so often, Christopher Hitchens gets to the heart of things:

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The BBC's fantasy extremists (Jewish Chronicle)

By Stephen Pollard, January 6, 2011

I have a piece in tomorrow's paper on my experience on Sunday. You can have read it here.

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The BBC's fantasy extremists

By Stephen Pollard, January 6, 2011

Imagine for a moment that you're a BBC reporter. You're on the Sunday programme, the Radio 4 early morning religious affairs show. In September, it'll be a decade since the events of 9/11. You've been asked to look at the impact on the relationship between Islam and the West.

So what do you focus on? The alliance between the hard left and Islamists? Maybe. The rise of radical Islam on campus? Perhaps. The failure of some in the West fully to grasp the threat? Possibly.

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No one likes a VAT rise but Labour gave us no choice (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, January 5, 2011

I have a piece in today's Daily Express, on the VAT rise. It's here.

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Radio 4: The threat from Christian extremists is as bad as jihadi terror

By Stephen Pollard, January 2, 2011

I took part in Radio 4's Sunday programme this morning. To say I was flabbergasted by the report on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is an understatement. Nick Cohen heard the show and here's his take - with which, needless to say, I agree completely.

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Bookstart: The chattering classes get their way – again (Daily Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, December 28, 2010

I have a piece in today's Telegraph on the Bookstart U-turn. It's here.

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Union extremists will bring back the bad old days (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, December 22, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on Len McCluskey and the more extreme union leaders. It's here.

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Ken Clarke: wrong about everything (Daily Express)

By Stephen Pollard, December 14, 2010

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

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Best stick to bishoping, Nigel

By Stephen Pollard, December 10, 2010

I have discovered an unexpected pleasure since entering the world of religious media - the special delight in spotting the many bizarre religious comments which emerge from unlikely sources.

You know the sort of thing: TV presenters who think that having an expensive haircut and a botoxed forehead qualifies them to adjudicate on the schisms within Judaism; or self-appointed Muslim spokesmen who claim to have unearthed the anti-Muslim agenda of the JC.

But last month I came across a comment which makes all the others look like models of rational thought.

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All the time in the world

By Stephen Pollard, December 8, 2010

This comment has been left on Comment is Free today, under a piece about the NHS reforms:

My Father was a GP. He sure as hell
didn't earn millions, not even close. He did, however, work 24-hours a day,
seven days a week.

Blimey. I'm intrigued how he managed to eat or sleep, let alone father a child.

(I'm indebted to Leo McKinstry for pointing this out to me.)

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Green Paper that is no more than a criminals' charter (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, December 8, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on Ken Clarke's sentencing gree paper. It's here.

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Spurs - a Jewish sports club

By Stephen Pollard, December 6, 2010

As some of you may know, I'm a Spurs season ticket holder. We have, of course, a reputation for our Jewish fans. But according to today's Evening Standard, it's much more formal than that:

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42 The Calls

By Stephen Pollard, December 6, 2010

There is something which lifts the spirits about a special breakfast sausage menu which thoughtfully lists all the bangers that are without a trace of pork.

That's the kind of thinking which is typical of this luxury boutique hotel in Leeds' newly vibrant "The Calls" district, overlooking the River Aire.

It's the attention to detail which lifts 42 The Calls above the average.

After checking in, you're handed a reviving glass of wine as a taster from the honesty bar.

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Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur

By Stephen Pollard, November 29, 2010

Adriana Lecouvreur is one of those pieces that you have heard of, and most probably heard an aria or two from, but never actually seen.

Its composer, Francesco Cilea, is usually dismissed as a one-hit-wonder (a particularly stupid insult, since it attacks the victim for being a success; how many opera composers manage even one hit?). But immediately successful as Adriana Lecouvreur was after its premiere in 1902, the fact that it has not been seen at Covent Garden since 1906 shows that it hardly qualifies as a repertory piece.

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Coalition reforms are too timid to tranform schools (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, November 26, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on the Schools White Paper (including a horrible grammatical howler). It's here.

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The Coexistence Trust: I was wrong

By Stephen Pollard, November 16, 2010

The Coexistence Trust have (politely) taken umbrage at my blog below.

Having read the transcript of the interview with Rokhsana Fiaz, the co-director, it's clear to me that they are right to be annoyed - she didn't say what I thought I heard her say. So first of all, I apologise (they haven't asked for an apology - this isn't some legal thing; I simply owe it to them and her). 

Here is what she said:

 

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Opera: Don Giovanni

By Stephen Pollard, November 11, 2010

Have you heard of Rufus Norris? It seems you should have, because Mr Norris is a more important artistic figure than Mozart.

Actually, that is not quite right. Mr Norris thinks he is more important than Mozart. That is the only conclusion I can draw from his production of Don Giovanni at the ENO.

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Coexistence on whose terms?

By Stephen Pollard, November 8, 2010

I was listening to Sunday on Radio 4 on, erm, Sunday, when I was pulled up short by a remark from someone from the Coexistence Trust. Talking about extremism, in the context of Muslim terror, she said the trust works to combat extremism on both sides.

Eh? I'd be fascinated if she could supply us with details of the Jewish terrorists now threatening us and claiming to act in the name of the Torah. Maybe the Coexistence Trust knows something unknown to the rest of the world. Do share.

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