Stephen Pollard



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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Warped boycott

By Stephen Pollard, June 21, 2007

Here's an example of Israel's 'apartheid' universities:

Just by attending a university, Abokaf is part of a revolution of sorts in her deeply conservative Bedouin community: She is among some 250 Bedouin female students now enrolled at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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Iran's plan

By Stephen Pollard, June 20, 2007

Tom Gross links to a good cartoon by Yaakov Kirschen ('Dry Bones') on what's been happening in Gaza.

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Can anyone in this world tell me why...

By Stephen Pollard, June 20, 2007

There's a good article here on the responsibility for the state of the Middle East today borne by the worst US President in history, Jimmy Carter:

The truth is the entire nightmare can be traced back to the liberal democratic policies of the leftist Jimmy Carter, who created a firestorm that destabilized our greatest ally in the Muslim world, the shah of Iran, in favor of a religious fanatic, the ayatollah Khomeini.

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Royal Ascot

By Stephen Pollard, June 20, 2007

After my post on Royal Ascot, one of the commenters asks if I've got any tips. Just one: ignore any tips I might give on this site.

(I did back Miss Andretti yesterday, though, so it wasn't too bad, even if I thought Cockney rebel was a certainty.)

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enoughsenough - intellectually dishonest

By Stephen Pollard, June 20, 2007

There's an ad in the papers today - full page, indeed - by an organisation called enoughsenough.

It's a campaigning group with the slogan, 'Cut the cr£p out of politics - cap all donations to political parties'.

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Royal Ascot - ugh

By Stephen Pollard, June 19, 2007

Words cannot describe how much I loathe Royal Ascot. Five of the best days racing of the year, utterly ruined by the people who are actually at Ascot to...I was going to write 'to watch' but that's the point. They're not there to watch but just to be there. Most of them couldn't tell the front end of a horse from a handbag.

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Brown's dilemma

By Stephen Pollard, June 19, 2007

I have a piece in today's Wall Street Journal Europe about Gordon Brown's dilemma over the outcome of this week's EU Summit:

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