Stephen Pollard



Customer service award

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

I'm a fan of TripAdvisor, which is made up of 'real' people's reviews, and which I've found to be an invaluable source for reasonable hotels. It's not infallible, though, and I think I might well become addicted to its blog. As they put it:

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Not Boris

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

Oh dear, I think I'll be in a minority of about one when I write this here.

I realise that Boris is the Spectator's candidate for Mayor, and that he's an all round funny fellow and all that. But...

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Hurrah for Evan Davis!

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

It's not often I write this, but the Guardian has it spot on (well, almost) today:

There is a new ingredient in my morning mix and it comes in the form of rookie Today programme presenter Evan Davis, better known as BBC economics editor, who has been doing rather a fine job on the flagship Radio 4 news programme.

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Private equity, public good

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

In today's Wall Street Journal, my CNE colleague, Wilfried Prewo, puts the private equity issue in its proper place:

Private Equity has raised our wealth in four major ways.

First, private equity funds are not charities...Their job is to make money for their investors. Their short time frame puts them under pressure to raise a company's valuation, or net worth, fast.

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President Cheney

By Stephen Pollard, July 24, 2007

Via Comment Central, here's the incomparable Daily Show's report on Dick Cheney's accomplishments in his two hours as President:

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Our duty to Iraqis

By Stephen Pollard, July 24, 2007

I get a fair number of emails asking me to post this and endorse that. Many are useful; some are awful. But this one from Dan Hardie, asking me to reproduce a post, struck a chord:

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So what if Baroness Young is useless?

By Stephen Pollard, July 24, 2007

I'm back! Interneted up and ready to go...

To start with, here's my controversial take on the floods:

It rained a lot.

And, er...is there anything else to say?

I'd love to launch a scathing attack on Baroness Young and the Environment Agency. She seems to represent everything there is to loathe about the Labour nomenklatura. Useless and ever present.

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What's on

By Stephen Pollard, July 23, 2007

I've just come across these 'Promcasts' by Nicola Christie, daily - and rather original - previews of each night's Prom. Well worth a listen.

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Our mistrust of the rich is absurd

By Stephen Pollard, July 21, 2007

I have a column in today's Times on the cash for honours fiasco> Here's an extract:

...The Metropolitan Police have conducted an exhaustive 16-month investigation, have submitted their report to the Crown Prosecution Service, and no charges have been brought. And that’s it.

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At last...

By Stephen Pollard, July 20, 2007

Ladies and gentlemen...I'm back! Thanks to the good people at Zen, who have overcome the evil BT, I have broadband and can log on. So postings will now resume.

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Brown and Cameron – marooned on Fantasy Island

By Stephen Pollard, July 3, 2007

I have a column in today's Times, on demography, public services and Mr Roarke and Tattoo. You can read it here:

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I'm wrong, and here's why

By Stephen Pollard, July 3, 2007

My Times piece has prompted a couple of very good critiques (maybe more, but I have no proper internet connection now).

Tim Worstall says:

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BT - as useless as ever

By Stephen Pollard, July 2, 2007

I'm moving house on Wednesday. I have to apologise now for the fact that posting will be sporadic for the week after that. Not because I'm unwilling to post, or too busy, but because of BT's inefficiency.

I am moving from a flat with a broadband capable exchange to a house with a broadband capable exchange. I move on Wednesday. But BT say that they will not be able to switch on our new broadband account until five working days later - the following Tuesday.

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The Master

By Stephen Pollard, June 30, 2007

Mr Editor has a post about John Simm as The Master. He is wonderful, yes. But there is and will only ever be one true Master: Roger Delgado.

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Comments

By Stephen Pollard, June 29, 2007

Sorry about the comments. The sytem is kaput at the moment. Hopefully it will be back very soon.

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He's a yid!

By Stephen Pollard, June 29, 2007

Further to my post on Jeremy Bowen below, Oliver Kamm has a typically eruditte post on this particularly stupid remark by Paul Reynolds:

David Miliband's Jewish background will be noted particularly in the Middle East.

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Here we go again?

By Stephen Pollard, June 28, 2007

The long-serving finance minister, who had been made to wait what seemed like an eternity before taking over as Prime Minister, promised sweeping change. Petty party differences should not prevent the best people from serving the country, he said. Indeed, his government would be one of all the talents.

When it came to announcing the Cabinet, however, there was just one figure who had not previously been a member of the governing party. The country groaned - the same old, same old, in reality.

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Motto

By Stephen Pollard, June 28, 2007

The motto Brown should have revealed, of course, was this:

Volo vestri argentum. Volo decoctum is.

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