Stephen Pollard



South Park on Scientology

By Stephen Pollard, May 15, 2007

Further to my Scientology post below...here's the take of the wonderful Matt Stone and Trey Parker:

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The Lives of Others really is as good as the hype

By Stephen Pollard, May 15, 2007

Clive, Clive...I'm mystified by your post on The Lives of Others. I've always thought of you as a man of discernment and taste. So I don't understand how you could you write this: "[T]he characterisation is one-dimensional, the pacing is ponderous in the extreme and the storyline is full of unexplained holes."

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The cult of Scientology

By Stephen Pollard, May 15, 2007

One of my journalistic heroes is John Sweeney. A one-man justice machine, he is one of the few people in (to define it broadly) public life who is entirely a force for good, righting some terrible injustices. His most recent triumph was the case of Angela and Ian Gray (the couple wrongly convicted of poisoning their child with salt), which he wrote about in this Sunday Times piece.

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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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