Stephen Pollard



Hezbollah's hidden armoury

By Stephen Pollard, May 14, 2007

There was an important story in Le Figaro last week which seems to have been ignored by the British press:

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Hidden benefits

By Stephen Pollard, May 14, 2007

It seems that among the consequences of the liberation of Iraq from Saddam is that the UK is now a no-hoper in the Eurovision Song Contest.

If it means that the BBC no longer bothers to waste an entire Saturday night televising this pointlessly stupid piece of rubbish, then no one will be able to say that the war was entirely without benefit.

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I've said it - it's out there

By Stephen Pollard, May 11, 2007

There's an excellent interview with Sir Simon Rattle here. Well worth a read.

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Blair's legacy is social democracy

By Stephen Pollard, May 11, 2007

The National Review has a rather good series of short posts on Blair's legacy. This is what I had to say:

Blair is misunderstood even in his own county, let alone in the U.S. He has been a traditional tax and spend social democrat — no more, no less — but with the political genius to make that ideology popular with the mass middle classes who decide elections.

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More UN-sense

By Stephen Pollard, May 11, 2007

Samizdata links to this astonishing story:

Western countries are concerned about the expected appointment of Zimbabwe to head a key UN body, the Commission on Sustainable Development. Western diplomats said Zimbabwe, which is in the midst of an economic and political crisis, was hardly a good example of development.

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Wow

By Stephen Pollard, May 10, 2007

Forget all this coverage of Tony Blair's departure. It's only a secondary story when put alongside the most amazing story of the day.

Oliver Kamm has had an email from Konni Zilliacus' grand-daughter.

Wow. I mean: wow.

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Better off Home

By Stephen Pollard, May 10, 2007

It's typical. You wait ten years for an event like today and what happens? You get stuck in Brussels. Would you like to know how much coverage there's been here in the 'capital' of the EU. Nada. Zilch. I've zapped my remote through every non-English TV channel to find any mention of Blair's departure and haven't found even a whisper.

So this morning I asked a few people at the event I was at - Commission types, MEPs, that sort - what they thought about today. And they were, without exception, uninterested.

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Liberty's prize

By Stephen Pollard, May 9, 2007

For anyone reading who writes about markets and liberty, the Bastiat Prize is a fantastic opportunity to win $15,000. Full details are here.

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Triggered

By Stephen Pollard, May 9, 2007

I like this picture of Sophia Loren.

Now I know why. My reward centre has been triggered.

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Not even funny

By Stephen Pollard, May 9, 2007

I've never 'got' Peregrine Worsthorne. He's revered by a lot of good people, but I've never finished a piece of his and been grateful that I started it.

This fatuous piece today is typical:

Not enough people, apparently, are trying to climb up the social ladder; far fewer, sad to say, than in the bad old days. In the name of social justice, they all intone, 'something must be done about it'.

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The Manchester of europe

By Stephen Pollard, May 9, 2007

Apologies for the lack of posts today. I've been on the train to Brussels, where...guess what? It's raining. Brussels is the Manchester of the continent. Rain, rain, rain. More later.

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The problem is he means it

By Stephen Pollard, May 8, 2007

Oliver Letwin is a nice man, and a very bright one. But, my word, he can spout garbage:

Cameron Conservatism, so far from being merely a set of attitudes, has a specific theoretical agenda. It aims to achieve two significant paradigm-shifts.

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Thought crimes

By Stephen Pollard, May 8, 2007

I suppose I need to make clear at the top of this post that I regard the BNP as contemptible; that I consider its members to be despicable; that I despise its leaders as criminal (it's not that I regard its leaders as criminal, it is that they are criminals); and that, for all the 'explanations' offered for the behaviour of supposedly decent people in voting for them, I can think of no justification in any circumstance, ever, for voting for the BNP.

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The new Blair

By Stephen Pollard, May 7, 2007

There's a fascinating piece by Stryker McGuire in the current Newsweek on Angela Merkel - "the new Blair". Do read it all, but here's the kernel of it:

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Reid's disloyalty?

By Stephen Pollard, May 7, 2007

Paul Linford used to be a fine lobby correspondent and he now writes one of the most thoughtful political blogs. Ever the shrewdy, he has an interesting take on John Reid's departure:

As ever with Reid, there are quite a few theories, and they can be summarised thus.

1. He is genuine. He is coming up to 60, wants to take a break from government, and wants Gordon Brown to have the freedom to bring in his own people as he said yesterday.

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