Stephen Pollard




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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Hello again

By Stephen Pollard, June 25, 2007

I've been stranded in signal-less hell for the past few hours - it's known to some people as Belgium - so I've been unable to post.

The world and his wife have had their say on Harriet Harperson, but...

What on earth is the question to which the answer is Harriet Harman?

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So much pure nonsense over a ring

By Stephen Pollard, June 25, 2007

I have a piece in today's Times on Friday's High Court action by Lydia Playfoot. Here's an extract:

The claim of religious significance should not, in a secular school, privilege a hajib over a silver ring or over a T-shirt proclaiming “I’m a stud”. All are simply forms of self-expression, and it is not relevant which is religious.

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The Kamikaze meets the Sumo

By Stephen Pollard, June 24, 2007

Benedict Brogan has - as ever - a superb post about Harriet Harman's victory:

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More from the guard...

By Stephen Pollard, June 24, 2007

Pulling into Southampton Central: For those of you travelling on a cruise ship, I wish you a lovely time. And I'm quite jealous.

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South West Trains

By Stephen Pollard, June 24, 2007

I'm sitting on the South West Trains service to Bournemouth. I must say the friendliness of the guards has improved. This message has just come over the tannoy from the very well-spoken (female) guard: I've now met most of you and, I must say, it's been a real pleasure.

...If you're worried about anything, do please catch me as I walk through the train. Please don't just sit there worrying. I wonder what she'll have to say when I tell her about my ruinous Royal Ascot. 30 races and all I mamaged was 2 winners and a 3rd.

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Cuba and Belarus wonderful, Israel beyond the pale

By Stephen Pollard, June 23, 2007

No one will ever be shocked by the proceedings of UN bodies, but the UN Human Rights Council's recent behaviour is pretty scandalous.


The Council, don't forget, was set up to replace the Commission in order, supposedly, to bring some sense to its proceedings. Dream on.

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Cuba and Belarus wonderful, Israel beyond the pale

By Stephen Pollard, June 23, 2007

No one will ever be shocked by the proceedings of UN bodies, but the UN Human Rights Council's recent behaviour is pretty scandalous.

The Council, don't forget, was set up to replace the Commission in order, supposedly, to bring some sense to its proceedings. Dream on.

This Jerusalem Post report shows that the Council is just as perverse:

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Hurrah for ding dong

By Stephen Pollard, June 23, 2007

Matthew Parris has an excellent piece today in The Times, on the superiority of competition over consensus:

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Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio

By Stephen Pollard, June 23, 2007

Just pure, unadulerated good news. As The Times puts it in its print edition: Loss of captain will shatter Arsenal

And, oh, how awful, here's how the Guardian describes it:

Arsenal reeling as £16m Henry joins Barcelona

Oh dear!

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Glastonbury: a celebration of wrong

By Stephen Pollard, June 23, 2007

I won't be at Glastonbury this weekend. This piece of mine from three years ago explains why:

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I turn my back and...

By Stephen Pollard, June 22, 2007

Well, you go away for a day and then log on to discover that Poland has declared war on Germany, Sven's been approached to manage a 2008-9 Championship team and the EU's committed itself to communism.

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Some facts on investment

By Stephen Pollard, June 21, 2007

Anatole Kaletsky is full of sense - and facts - on the ridiculous fuss being made over private equity at the moment:

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More Italian

By Stephen Pollard, June 21, 2007

I have a piece in today's Il Foglio, Il dilemma di Brown.

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Nonsense as fact

By Stephen Pollard, June 21, 2007

Tom Gross also flags up a perfect example of the Mark Twain quote that a lie can travel half way round the world before the truth has got its boots on. And it concerns - surprise, surprise - Seymour Hersh and Robert Fisk.

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