Stephen Pollard



Speak ill of the dead if they deserve it

By Stephen Pollard, May 22, 2007

In his Times Noteboook, Oliver Kamm refers to the curious notion of not speaking ill of the dead:

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Not a story

By Stephen Pollard, May 22, 2007

This story is bizarre:

Cheryl Tustain, 39, had an operation for thyroid cancer in 1998. Nine years later she found it virtually impossible to buy travel insurance for a long weekend in New York.

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Pots and black kettles

By Stephen Pollard, May 21, 2007

Neil Clark is not the only buffoon to have misremembered the Carter years. The former President himself says that President Bush is the worst in history. Not according to the American people. Here's a Newsweek poll: The approval rating for US President George W Bush has fallen to an all-time low of 28 per cent, according to a poll in Newsweek.

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Daley on Willetts

By Stephen Pollard, May 21, 2007

Janet Daley is on blistering form today over David Willetts' speech from last week:

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The BBC - at it again

By Stephen Pollard, May 21, 2007

How the BBC's journalists must have missed not being able to distort the situation in Gaza over the past few months. How they must be relieved to have the opportunity once more.

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Shoot on sight!

By Stephen Pollard, May 21, 2007

The Jeff Randall piece I link to below prompts an idea for this site: Shoot On Sight.

We all have our bugbears - annoyances and crimes against proper behaviour that drive us round the bend. So I'm starting a regular section where I propose types of people who should be shot on sight.

Do post your own suggestions in the comments section of these posts.

I'll kick off with two slam dunks.

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Awesome Neil Clark

By Stephen Pollard, May 21, 2007

Readers of my old blog will recall that I had a mild obsession with a blogger called Neil Clark, whose site is a form of 'car crash blogging': bizarre and entirely spurious assertions mixed with propaganda in favour of mass murderers. I look at his blog from behind my metaphorical sofa, dreading what weirdness I will see but nonetheless compelled to stare.

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What a waste of time and money

By Stephen Pollard, May 19, 2007

I have a piece in The Business on ten years of Labour's management of the NHS, which you can read here (it's also in the Spectator's Blair supplement):

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Litter degeneracy

By Stephen Pollard, May 18, 2007

This piece by Jeff Randall on litter louts and other things which fire his ire is terrific:

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Empty

By Stephen Pollard, May 18, 2007

Here's the definitive judgement on the Chirac years from Jacques Marseille, Professor of Economic History at Sorbonne University:

He has enabled us to deal in history books with the 1995-2007 period very quickly: there will be nothing to say.

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This horse will win the Derby, surely?

By Stephen Pollard, May 18, 2007

OK, this isn't a tipping site. But...

I was out all yesterday and only caught up with the Dante result late last night. Authorized, the ante post Derby favourite, made his comeback. And what a performance! I can't remember being so taken by a Derby trial in years. Not, in fact, since the ill-fated Shergar won the Chester Vase.

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Stuck with Ming

By Stephen Pollard, May 17, 2007

A very good line from Mary Ann Sieghart on why the LibDem party is stuck with Sir Menzies Campbell:

It can’t get rid of one leader for being too drunk and the next for being too sober.

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The most unfortunate person in Britain

By Stephen Pollard, May 17, 2007

From the BBC:

Beverley Silke, of the Stroke Association said: "Someone in the UK has a stroke every five minutes."

Who is he or she? How does he or she cope?

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Food as art, or pie in the sky?

By Stephen Pollard, May 17, 2007

I have a piece in the Times, here, about the Spanish chef, Ferran Adria, being invited to 'exhibit' at the five-yearly Documenta art show in Kassel, Germany. Here's an extract:

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My take on the grammar schools fiasco

By Stephen Pollard, May 17, 2007

You can read my take on David Willetts' grammar school speech here, in today's Daily Mail. (By the way, someone has inserted a nonsensical reference to assisted places in the piece - please ignore it as assisted places were, of course, nothing to with grammar schools.)

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What's Opera, Doc?

By Stephen Pollard, May 16, 2007

Tim Worstall, thank you. THANK YOU! I saw this, the greatest cartoon ever, when I was a kid, and have never seen it since. It is even better and cleverer than I remembered. It is sheer bloody genius.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in Wagner's What's Opera, Doc?

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So not antisemitic

By Stephen Pollard, May 16, 2007

Daniel Finkelstein puts Iain Dale straight for asserting that Borat is somehow antisemitic:

There has been a debate about this among Jews, with the US anti-defamation league attacking Sacha Baron Cohen. But I think (admittedly unscientifically, I haven't got a poll to hand) that the vast majority share my view. Borat is a vicious satire on anti-semitism.

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Turkey

By Stephen Pollard, May 16, 2007

I've been to Turkey a few times, the last a couple of years ago to speak at a government conference on EU entry. I didn't make myself the most popular person in the room when I pointed out at the start that, however critical I thought it was that the EU brings Turkey into the fold, it wasn't going to happen. France and Germany will simply not let it happen. End of story.

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Whodathunkit?

By Stephen Pollard, May 16, 2007

A truly bizarre story in the Telegraph:

Many families are experiencing inflation of more than twice the official rate published by the Government, according to figures produced for The Daily Telegraph by Capital Economics.

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