Stephen Pollard

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.


Best in class solutions extending the network as a platform

By Stephen Pollard, May 4, 2011

I own a Flip video. It's great.

I have just received this email from Flip. Bear in mind that the whole point of the Flip is that it requires you to do nothing beyond pointing it in the right direction and pressing Record.In what world is an email like this appropriate for purchasers of such a product?


It's time Tesco haters stocked up on facts (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, April 25, 2011

I have a piece in today's Telegraph on Tesco, and the anti-supermarket lobby. It's here.


Libya proves EU is unfit to call shots on foreign policy (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, March 29, 2011

I have a piece in today's Express about the split in Europe over the Libya military action. It's here.


More UK bailouts for the euro would be a total disgrace (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, March 25, 2011

I have a piece in today's Express on any bailout to Portugal. It's here.


Opera: Aida

By Stephen Pollard, March 17, 2011

Popular as Aida is, it does seem to have suffered from a tendency for singers to stand at the front of the stage waving their arms around, shrieking.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.