Stephen Pollard



Jane Fonda to Dr Strangelove

By Stephen Pollard, August 6, 2007

A pretty good line from Mitt Romney about Barack Obama:

In one week he went from saying he's going to sit down for tea with our enemies to he's going to bomb our allies. He went from Jane Fonda to Dr Strangelove in one week.

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Fish and...

By Stephen Pollard, August 6, 2007

Chippy? Moi?

I bow to Pooter Geek on this one.

And I'm happy to be proved wrong about Boris (although I suspect I shouldn't hold my breath). I certainly was about Ken.

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Ottolenghi's blog

By Stephen Pollard, August 6, 2007

There's a new blog I'd like to point you towards.

Mu friend Emanuele Ottolenghi, director of the Transatlantic Institure in Brussels, has a blog on (mainly) Middle Eastern issues. You can be sure that his take on things is always worth reading. This latest post is typical:

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Politician/conductor?

By Stephen Pollard, August 3, 2007

There I was, thinking that the frontrunner for the Republican nomination was only a former NYC Mayor. It turns out that he's also one of the greatest conductors who ever lived. According to Virgin Records in LA...

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Moron or paedo?

By Stephen Pollard, August 3, 2007

Now that Chris Langham has been convicted, I can write what I've wanted to write since his arrest. What is it with these people who, when they've been found with depraved dowloaded images of children, start pleading all sorts of excuses in supposed defence of their behaviour? Research, abuse as a child, blah blah blah.

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Not hard. Just arseholes.

By Stephen Pollard, August 3, 2007

The always wonderful Simon Barnes has another terrific column today on the England cricket team's pathetic behaviour:

The taunting of an opponent by leaving sweets on the pitch is pathetic. It destroys a spectator’s pleasure in the game. It certainly made me switch my allegiance to India. I thought England deserved what they got. And I don’t think I was alone in that.

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Eh?

By Stephen Pollard, August 3, 2007

I know Sven has been signing some odd players, but what are Bojinov seals, and why are they moving to Man City?

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Wrong but right

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2007

The Economist makes a fair point in dismissing my piece on the religious divide within the EU: Um, how to break this to Mr Pollard...? His entire thesis is based on a misunderstanding. Few people have realised the profound importance of footnote 18, because it is without importance.

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Our enemy's enemy isn't our friend

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2007

Melanie Phillips has a superb post on the idiocy of using Saudi Arabia as an ally against Iran:

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Gould's rare skill

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2007

I've only just caught up with today's news. For me, the most interesting story by far is the Mirror's scoop of a Philip Gould memo.

Daniel Finkelstein's take on it is spot on:

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Why Europe may soon split along religious lines (The Spectator)

By Stephen Pollard, August 2, 2007

I have a piece in today's magazine about the EU draft reform treaty - on an aspect which has been ignored. Here's an extract:

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Underrated artists

By Stephen Pollard, August 1, 2007

One of my commenters, Carroll Powell, makes a very good suggestion. It's all very well having a go at overrated artists, but it's a lot more use flagging up underrated ones.

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Bergman the Nazi

By Stephen Pollard, August 1, 2007

I'm grateful to Peter Cuthbertson for pointing this out to me:

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Harmless fun...not.

By Stephen Pollard, August 1, 2007

This clip of Channel Four News' Sue Turton having her bottom pinched has become infamous.

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Proper therapy

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2007

This man sounds like my kind of therapist:

Neurosis,” he said, was “just a high-class word for whining.”

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Hmmm

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2007

I'm not sure whether to write the opera ain't over till the fat lady sings, or just curl up and hide.

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Not what it says on the tin

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2007

Sorry about the absence yesterday.

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I Tory sono gia stanchi di Cameron, anche se stavolta non poteva vincere

By Stephen Pollard, July 26, 2007

Apologies for my absence yesterday. We moved four weeks ago, and the combination of decorators, builders, locksmiths et al all got too much!

Anyway, my latest Il Foglio column was in yesterday's paper. It's about Mr Cameron and his woes.

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