Stephen Pollard



The Shrum curse watch

By Stephen Pollard, May 24, 2007

Daniel Finkelstein rightly highlights the importance of Bob Shrum:

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Welcome to each other

By Stephen Pollard, May 24, 2007

Jew killer meets all round killer. I think this is what is known as a meeting of minds.

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Not mine

By Stephen Pollard, May 24, 2007

The Times has this story about Britain' first transgender mayor, Jenny Bailey. She tells us that: "People can take me as a role model if they want."

Actually, I'll pass on that offer.

It set me pondering, though. Why is it always - at least it seems that way - male to female sex changes, and never female to male? (No doubt someone will correct me and supply figures showing no such phenomenon.)

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Music blogs

By Stephen Pollard, May 23, 2007

I'd like to give a plug to a couple of music sites which I look at regularly. Jessica Duchen's classical music blog does just what it says on the tin - it's regularly updated with good links and thoughts.

I'm also slightly addicted to a really quite bonkers site, Opera Chic:

I'm a young American woman in Milan...and you're not. I go to La Scala a lot...and you don't.

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Hurrah for the cuts!

By Stephen Pollard, May 23, 2007

Hurrah for NHS cuts! The Times reports today that some PCTs are, because of financial crises (they're not 'cuts' at all but it makes for an arresting headline) having to cut back on funding for homeopathic treatments:

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In Extremis at the Globe

By Stephen Pollard, May 22, 2007

I couldn't agree more with Sam Marlowe's review of In Extremis, Howard Brenton’s reimagining of the 12th-century historical love story of Abelard and Heloise, which has just been revived at the Globe:

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What about the Palestinians murdered by Palestinians?

By Stephen Pollard, May 22, 2007

David T makes an important point at Harry's Place about the Palestinian deaths in Gaza:

Since the beginning of the year 150 Palestinians have been killed in "internal violence" in Gaza.

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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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