Stephen Pollard



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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Lord Ahmed: at it again

By Stephen Pollard, June 19, 2007

Lord Ahmed is at it again. The man who is happy to cavort with a virulent antisemite, giving Israel Shamir a platform in the House of Lords, has now waded in to the Sir Salman Rushdie controversy:

Labour Lord Ahmed, 48, said Verses triggered “violence around the world”.

...Lord Ahmed added: “Honouring a man who has blood on his hands goes too far.”

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The price of freedom

By Stephen Pollard, June 18, 2007

As Daniel Finkelstein writes:

The decision to recommend that Salman Rushdie receive a knighthood was a bold and correct one. In addition to the merit of his literary work, the author is a symbol of free speech.

The counter-attack was bound to come, and it has.

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Scrolling

By Stephen Pollard, June 17, 2007

Thanks to those of you who have written about the problem scrolling down the page. I'm assured that it's being worked on. I'm as frustrated as you are - it's galling writing posts and no one being able to read them.

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Mr Offensive-Moron and the little Offensive-Morons

By Stephen Pollard, June 16, 2007

I mentioned below that I'd return to the subject of British audiences. Forgive the narcissism, but here's what I had to say in December 2002:

According to the reviews, the performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony that I went to last week was "transcendent", "emotionally perfect" and "violently good". A friend called me the following morning and told me that it was one of the most powerful experiences of her life.

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Agent Zigzag

By Stephen Pollard, June 16, 2007

There's a genre of biography which I love: the stories of minor figures who led fascinating lives. By far my favourite is Bernard Wasserstein's simply wonderful biography of Trebitsch Lincoln, which I urge you to read - it's a romp.

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A perfectly darling little gypsy thingy

By Stephen Pollard, June 16, 2007

I'm sure Deborah Brown is a perfectly lovely lady, but this sentence from today's Times Money is just so horribly...well, you'll either get what I mean or you won't. DEBORAH BROWN, whose children Antonia, Piers and Frances attend independent schools, was browsing Schoolstrader when she came across an original Gypsy caravan – something she has been seeking for 15 years – priced at £1,500.

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It's not their fault - we made them kill each other

By Stephen Pollard, June 15, 2007

An utterly bizarre sentence in Clemency Burton-Hill's utterly bizarre post at the Coffee House yesterday: For once, on this bleakest of days, I find it hard not to want to blame the Palestinians themselves.

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Brendel and the new Festival Hall

By Stephen Pollard, June 15, 2007

I agree with a lot of what Intermezzo has to say about Brendel last night, although I'm a little more upbeat:

The opening Haydn sonata, surprisingly chocker with bum notes even by Brendel's own carefree standards, was otherwise a model of delicacy and restraint.

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E’ come uno che uccide i genitori e poi chiede clemenza ai giudici perche e orfano

By Stephen Pollard, June 14, 2007

I have a small piece on Tony Blair's 'feral beast' speech in today's Il Foglio. You can read it here (if you speak Italian!).

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The Borathon

By Stephen Pollard, June 14, 2007

No, Clive, it's not just you. I've not even lasted 10 minutes with Dimblebore's borathon. What a total waste of time and money. I've tried two and lost the will to live very early on, for exactly the reasons you mention.

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Antisemitic, pure and not so simple

By Stephen Pollard, June 14, 2007

Do read the full version of Anthony Julius' and Alan Dershowitz' piece in today's Times on the boycott.

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European Parliament bans refutation of Protocols

By Stephen Pollard, June 13, 2007

Not much manages to shock me when it comes to European antisemitism. This has.

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An election victory of sorts

By Stephen Pollard, June 13, 2007

So Shimon Peres has, after 83 years, at last won an election. Sort of. It was MK's who elected him President, rather than the electorate. And the other two candidates had to pull out first. Still, Mazel Tov!

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What is Facebook for?

By Stephen Pollard, June 13, 2007

I was invited by a friend to join Facebook yesterday, so I did. Try anything, I will. Now I might be one of those new-fangled blogger types, and I might be able to file via my Blackberry (although somewhat cack-handedly). But really, I have not the least idea what the point of Facebook is, other than to fritter away half the day looking at friends of friends and saying to yourself, 'oh, he knows her'.

Am I missing something? Or is that it?

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