Stephen Pollard



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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Motty

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

This just in, from John Motson's commentary on England v Brazil at Wembley. Pondering the drop in crowd noise at the start of the second half:

It's quite noticeable how the noise level has dropped as the crowd have yet to take their seats for the second half.
Er, yes. The crowd aren't there. Difficult to see how they could make a noise...not being there.

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Putting the Yazzmonster in her place

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

Nick Cohen's performance on Crosstalk, a strand on 18 Doughty Street, has more to commend it than just this, but...to watch him destroy the Yazzmonster is a truly wonderful sight. You can watch it, and relish it, here.

Really, is there a more irritatingly wrong person on the entire planet than Ms Alibhai-Brown?

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Boycotts

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

Once you start down the boycott route, all sorts of unforeseen consequences emerge:
An American research foundation announced on Thursday that following the decision of the British University and College Union (UCU) to consider launching an academic boycott of Israel it has cancelled its plans to open a grant application process for UK researchers.

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How civilisations fall

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

Tim Worstall has a superb fisking of a piece of health nonsense in the Independent:

I am well-doctored, to put it mildly. I probably consult more doctors than Woody Allen, who has separate screenings of his movies for his doctors. Everyone is entitled to a hobby; mine just happens to be my health, and what a fascinating hobby it is.

Start with a hypochondriac then.

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When the left loved Zionists

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

I have a piece in this week's Jewish Chronicle on the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War. Here's an extract:

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Sorry

By Stephen Pollard, June 1, 2007

Apologies for the lack of posts yesterday - I was at a wedding. I didn't think it would be that polite to sit there bashing out posts on my Blackberry!

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Another hat

By Stephen Pollard, May 31, 2007

I have a Notebook in The Times today, which you can read here. I've written about two topics: Arts Council England's refusal to give £174,000 towards subsidising some concerts celebrating the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth; and speeding police:

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al Jazeera English - the best, by far.

By Stephen Pollard, May 30, 2007

Iain Dale is spot on in his estimation of Al Jazeera English:

I had assumed it was just Arab propaganda, but boy was I wrong. I sat transfixed for an hour as I watched story after story about world affairs without a hint of any kind of bias. This wasn't your typical soundbite reporting, it was indepth stuff from around the world.

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