Stephen Pollard



But we've seen the aliens!

By Stephen Pollard, September 8, 2010

There's a story I don't understand in today's Express:

AFTER
getting up close and personal with legions of alien females during his
time on the Starship Enterprise, William Shatner is adamant that we are
not alone.

In fact he’s insistent that the universe is absolutely stuffed with alien species.

 

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Legalising drugs will kill more people

By Stephen Pollard, September 6, 2010

I've just read a superb piece on drugs in yesterday's Observer, in which Antonio Maria Costa, the former executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for the past eight years, simply rips apart the dangerously sloppy thinking from those who argue for the legalisation of hard (and soft) drugs.

I urge you to read it.

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Disingenuous

By Stephen Pollard, September 6, 2010

This morning, the Today programme interviewed the solicitor for those seeking a judicial review of the Met's handling of the Andy Coulson allegations.

When Justin Webb put it to her that this was just a bit of political mischief, she replied indignantly. No, no, no, not in the least. Yes, one of her clients was a former Labour minister. But another was Brian Paddick - "a former policeman and now a freelance journalist".

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In a parallel universe

By Stephen Pollard, September 6, 2010

This is possibly the most ridiculous opening to a news story I have ever read, by the usually superb Andy McSmith in today's Independent:

The former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik increased the pressure on
Andy Coulson yesterday by questioning his competence and calling for
him to stand down.

Pressure was increased by Lembit Opik offering his thoughts?

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The BBC 's leftie bias, by the DG

By Stephen Pollard, September 5, 2010

Peter Hitchens has written the column I'd have loved to write today about the BBC DG's admission of bias, a remark in Edinburgh last week which seems to have gone almost unnoticed.

Here's the key part:

[F]rom
the Director-General himself, Mark Thompson, we have the admission
that, when he joined the Corporation 30 years ago, there was a ‘massive
bias to the Left’.

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TfL's suggestion for beating the tube strike

By Stephen Pollard, September 3, 2010

Transport for London have sent a note to businesses in London to help them plan for the tube strike next week.

It's full of useful ideas. The capital's workforce must be particularly grateful for their suggestion that workers try "walking".

They seem to have forgotten to suggest breathing in and out a minimum number of times per minute.

Dear
Mr X

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Iran casts a giant shadow over the Washington peace talks (Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, September 3, 2010

I have a piece in today's Telegraph on the peace talks in Washington. You can read it here.

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Iconoclast

By Stephen Pollard, September 1, 2010

I'm the Iconoclast tonight on Radio 4 at 8pm. I'll be putting the case for ending taxpayer-funded arts subsidies.

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Iconoclasts

By Stephen Pollard, August 25, 2010

A new series of Iconoclasts starts tonight on Radio 4. I'll be listening with interest, because I'm the protagonist in next week's programme. Here are the details.

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This case proves benefit fraud isn't taken seriously (Express)

By Stephen Pollard, August 25, 2010

I have a piece in today's Express on benefit fraud. It's here.

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JC's circulation up 3.67 per cent

By Stephen Pollard, August 23, 2010

I sent this email to the JC's editorial team this morning. I'm sharing it with you because we are all hugely proud.

I am thrilled to be able to report that the JC's year-on-year ABC circulation figures (30/6/09-30/6/10) are up 3.67%. In June 2009,
circulation was 30,436; this June it reached 31,556 – an increase of
1,120.

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The Liberals have a history of splitting (Daily Telegraph)

By Stephen Pollard, August 23, 2010

I have a piece on the LibDems in today's Telegraph. It's here.

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Blair's donation

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I haven't blogged about the reaction to Tony Blair's donation of his book profits to the British Legion because, to be frank, it disgusts me. Much of the reaction seems to be unhinged.

The facts are simple. Mr Blair has, for no other discernible reason than altruism, decided to hand over millions of pounds which would rightfully be his, to a very worthwhile charity. The only appropriate reaction is praise. And yet his decision has been treated as - perversely, and without even the least piece of evidence - an admission of 'guilt' over Iraq, and has prompted obloquy. 

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Cameron's First 100 Days (Wall Street Journal Europe)

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I had a piece in yesterday's Wall Street Journal Europe, on the coalition's first 100 days. It's here.

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My moral turpitude

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2010

I think it's important that I mark my return to blogging by discussing one of the big issues of the moment.

So here's a post about Pret a Manger's policy on bags.

I've noticed in recent weeks that when you buy a sarnie from Pret, they no longer offer you a bag. You have to ask. No big deal. But since I've been back at work they seem to have become more trucculent, but I'd not been able to pin it down. Maybe, I thought, I was imagining it.

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The BBC on Israel: fair and balanced...

By Stephen Pollard, August 17, 2010

Thanks for your good wishes over my op. As you can see: I'm back and, fingers crossed, all is well. (No, it wasn't anything serious - I have arthritis and they had a fiddle with my shoulder and collar bone.)

I'll start posting properly again tomorrow. But meanwhile - and it's not often I say this about a BBC report on Israel - I urge you to have a look on iPlayer at last night's Panorama on the Gaza flotilla raid. It was remarkably fair, with proper scrutiny and proper balance.  

 

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Au revoir

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2010

There'll be no updates for a while as I'm having an op.

Back in a couple of weeks or so, I hope.

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Christina Patterson's unrelenting bigotry

By Stephen Pollard, July 28, 2010

There's not much that shocks me when it comes to op-ed pieces. I read the Grauniad and it's water off a duck's back. I even read Fisk and just yawn. But today's piece by Christina Patterson in the Independent...bloody hell. I honestly can't recall ever reading before such pure, unrelenting unadulterated anti-Jewish bigotry in a national newspaper.

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Humanitarian goods

By Stephen Pollard, July 27, 2010

This is my favourite quote from Cameron's Gaza remarks today:

Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both
directions.

What exactly are the
humanitarian goods that will flow from Gaza to
Israel and
Egypt?

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