Stephen Pollard



Genius

By Stephen Pollard, June 12, 2007

David Aaronovitch has an interesting piece today on educating children. It reminds me of one of my favourite anecdotes.

The remarkably accomplished Ron Cass told me how, when he was 10, his father yelled at him in exasperation at something he had done: "How did you turn out to be so stupid?".

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A wonderful day

By Stephen Pollard, June 12, 2007

Today is the twentieth anniversary of Ronald Reagan's seminal speech by the Berlin Wall:

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall!

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The BBC and City *ankers

By Stephen Pollard, June 12, 2007

And while we're on the subject of the BBC...Let me flag up this, which a commenter left on a post below.

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BBC at it again

By Stephen Pollard, June 12, 2007

From the Guardian:

BBC Hires CBS veteran to target US.

The BBC has hired the executive producer behind the controversial relaunch of US network CBS's Evening News with daytime anchor Katie Couric to oversee a nightly bulletin aimed at US audiences.

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No there

By Stephen Pollard, June 12, 2007

George Will on Fred Thompson:

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Rudy cares?

By Stephen Pollard, June 12, 2007

Last month I posted an interesting piece on Rudy Giuliani's state of mind. Here, on the other hand, is a more positive view.

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WWGD about the tired and emotional...?

By Stephen Pollard, June 11, 2007

The consistently intersting Ben Brogan has a post about Brown, foreign travel, and Sarkozy. Well worth reading. But make sure you also have a look at this video of Sarkozy's press conference. Hilarious.

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Podhoretz, Israel, the US and antisemitism

By Stephen Pollard, June 11, 2007

The Jerusalem Post has a marvellous interview with Norman Podhoretz (my intellectual hero). It's all the more interesting for being conducted by his daughter. Here's an extended extract, on the US and antisemitism:

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Fatuous gestures

By Stephen Pollard, June 10, 2007

Purlease,,, Gesture politics at its most empty. What a load of *%$@! I will make sure to turn on every light in my house between 9 and 10pm on Thursday week.

Mind you, this extract from the piece reminded me of a lovely story:

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London's Mayor

By Stephen Pollard, June 9, 2007

This is what the Guardian describes as Ken Livingstone being "in fine form":

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The sheer horror of it, my dear

By Stephen Pollard, June 9, 2007

I confess to being unaware of Paris Hilton's oeuvre. But I was struck by this sentence in an account of her return to prison, and the reasons why she had been let out in the first place:

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And your point is?

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2007

I'll be returning to this at greater length, but a friend sat her British citizenship test this week. The questions were truly weird. Among the things she was asked was:When do children get pocket money: daily, weekly or monthly?

Eh? What on earth is that about? And is there even any right answer?

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Random plug

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2007

A site I very much enjoy is Pooter Geek. It's difficult to pin it down, which is half the fun. The author has a lovely way with words, and is well worth reading.

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Explanation and apology

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2007

A couple of people have emailed to say that my mentions of Neil Clark are boring and unworthy of me. I should, they say, have bigger fish to fry.

And the thing is, they're right. But...

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Keeping the oiks out

By Stephen Pollard, June 8, 2007

Tim Worstall has an original explanation of Polly Toynbee's support for Harriet Harperson, rather than Hilary Benn:

[N]iece of a Countess supported by g-g grandaughter of an Earl.

Hilary Benn is, of course, merely the second son of a Viscount.

Further, the Harman connection is to a title from 1677, the Toynbee one to a title from 1322, revived in 1660.

The Viscountcy dates only from 1942.

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Stop the Boycott

By Stephen Pollard, June 7, 2007

A plea. If you're an academic, and you don't believe in discriminating against people on the basis of their nationality or religion, please get in touch with the Stop the Boycott campaign.

It's assembling a list of names of academics who oppose the proposed boycott of Israel, for a newspaper advert.

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That logo...

By Stephen Pollard, June 7, 2007

Daniel Finkelstein reveals the story behind the logo.

Another reading is also possible:

(Apologies for the language, but, well, it is.)

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Messing about in Bratislava

By Stephen Pollard, June 7, 2007

You'd have to be pretty hard hearted not to feel sorry for Stephen Mallone and his fiancee, Kerry Stokes. As the Mirror reports, Mr Mallon was arrested on his stag do in Bratislava for being drunk and disorderly and sentenced to two months in the clink, thus missing his wedding.

Here's how the Mirror reports what he got up to:

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More Yazzmonstering

By Stephen Pollard, June 7, 2007

I hesitate to link to this, I really do. But this performance from the Yazzmonster, 'debating' Israel with John Torode, is so breathtakingly ignorant, so jaw-droppingly stupid, that even veteran observers (and former sparring partners such as myself) will be amazed. She even manages to deny - indeed, to rant at John Torode for daring to suggest it - that Syria has any relationship with Hezbollah.

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