Stephen Pollard



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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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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