Stephen Pollard



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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Crass and ignorant

By Stephen Pollard, June 6, 2007

I was going to have a go at the idea of a new Bank Holiday, whether it be Britain Day, Europe Day, or any other day. If the government feels that we need yet another day off work - paid for by employers - then fine; let's debate the merits of another day's statutory paid holiday.

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Lord Ahmed and racists

By Stephen Pollard, June 5, 2007

I was travelling yesterday morning, so I didn't hear the Today programme. (By the way; why does everyone call it that rather than just Today? No one refers to the East Enders programme.) But David T did:

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Unattainable or self-immolating

By Stephen Pollard, June 5, 2007

Gerard Baker puts the climate change aspect of the G8 in perspective:

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Here they go again

By Stephen Pollard, June 5, 2007

This week our bloggers will be looking at the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and its consequences.(Georgina Henry on Comment Is Free.)

She hasn't even said anything yet, but that hasn't put off the Grauniad's commenters. This is the fourth in the thread:

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Blowing hot and cold

By Stephen Pollard, June 5, 2007

Unlike Mr Editor, I am not a fan of the London Olympics. In fact whatever the polar opposite of fan is, that's me. It's still not too late to give it to Paris.

As for the logo...as someone has just pointed out to me: it looks like Lisa Simpson giving a blow job.

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Not just wrong, but dull

By Stephen Pollard, June 5, 2007

Perhaps I should start a strand: phrases you'll never hear. I have in mind such things as

Gordon will be out of contact - he's spending next weekend at Glastonbury

Have you read Sir Cliff's latest article on game theory?

Steve McClaren: competent

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Turkey or not

By Stephen Pollard, June 4, 2007

Last week I posted on the three worst films ever made. It prompted a fair number of comments.

This is clearly an issue of immense importance, and so I commend to you a fun site, Turkey Or Not, which deals with just this, allowing readers to vote for and comment on turkeys - or not.

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Atherton on the Windies

By Stephen Pollard, June 3, 2007

Even without his background as a player, MIke Atherton would be one of the best sports journalists around. As it is, his experience as an England captain informs his pieces and thus us, the reader. His piece today on the decline of West Indies cricket is typically insghtful. This passage is especially shocking:

This is a team who have to learn again the meaning of such terms as 'work ethic' and 'professionalism'.

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What if it had been Israelis?

By Stephen Pollard, June 3, 2007

Charles Moore had an excellent piece in the Telegraph yesterday on the double standards which apply to the Israeli government and Palestinian terrorists, imagining that it had been the Israelis who kidnapped Alan Johnstone. I won't extract it: do read it all.

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