Stephen Pollard



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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Tebbit's humour

By Stephen Pollard, June 28, 2007

Talking of funny...

This is just wonderful:

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Bye bye Tim

By Stephen Pollard, June 28, 2007

This is what's known as funny.

As for Tim...well, at the risk of reviving the clash of the titans with Mr T Hames:

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Aspettare stanca

By Stephen Pollard, June 28, 2007

You can, if you are so minded, read my latest Il Foglio column here, and then continuing here.

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She said it

By Stephen Pollard, June 28, 2007

I think this (via Iain Dale) is the best comment so far on the Cabinet:

Kay Burley: So Liam Fox, Gordon Brown has named defective Tory Shaun Woodward in his Cabinet

Liam Fox: I think you meant defector, rather than defective, but your
words, not mine...

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Complicating and hiding

By Stephen Pollard, June 27, 2007

I've only now caught up with Gideon Rachman's column on the EU treaty. It's a must-read; by far the best analysis I've read (Gideon was previously in Brussels for the Economist and knows how the EU works). It's sub only, I fear, but this is the gist of it:

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The BBC isn't interested in what actually happened

By Stephen Pollard, June 27, 2007

I always seem to be away on seismic days in British politics. I managed to watch PMQs - at least until the BBC decided that the end of the career of the most successful British politician in history was not as important as some bloody tennis. Tennis!

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Get with the programme or bu**er off

By Stephen Pollard, June 26, 2007

I'm just back from a fascinating but all too predictable meeting in Brussels with a senior - a very senior - EU official.

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You can show your support for freedom

By Stephen Pollard, June 25, 2007

The petition supporting Sir Salman Rushdie's knighthood which I mentioned below is now online, You can sign it here. I normally consider these petitions a gimmicky waste of time. But it is precisely because it has the imprimatur of 10 Downing Street that it is, in this instance, imperative that it is signed. We have to demonstrate to the enemies of freedom that we stand behind Sir Salman in support of civilisation.

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