Stephen Pollard


Stephen Pollard
Registered: 22 April 2008
Location: Finchley
Stephen Pollard is editor of the JC.




Camping? It's just not Jewish

By Stephen Pollard, August 18, 2016

I come across many horrific concepts as editor of the JC. But the single most worrying that I have encountered is taking place next week.

It's called Limmud in the Woods.

That's Limmud, but with camping.


Freedom from the EU will make extremism less likely

By Stephen Pollard, June 30, 2016

As editor of the JC, I deliberately kept my views on the EU referendum off its pages. In so important a vote, it was not appropriate for the paper - let alone the editor - to take sides. Especially since I am one of the 32 per cent minority within the community - and the JC - who voted to Leave.

But now that it's over, that constraint has lifted.


Brexit: It's a wonderful day for Britain - and its Jews

By Stephen Pollard, June 24, 2016

As editor of the JC, I kept my views on the EU referendum off its pages. In so important a vote, I didn’t think it appropriate for the paper – let alone the editor - to take sides. But now that it’s over, it’s time to deal with some of the bizarre myths that are being created about what Brexit will mean for Israel and British Jews.


Anti-imperialism has seeped into Labour's mindset

By Stephen Pollard, May 5, 2016

I'm still not sure what to think. Should we be thoroughly depressed that the headlines are dominated by Jew hatred? Or ought we to be relieved that it is out in the open?


Labour launches racism inquiry - the inside story revealed

By Stephen Pollard, April 29, 2016

The JC can reveal that the Labour Party inquiry announced this evening into racism – including antisemitism – was set up after a serious dispute between the offices of John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor and Jeremy Corbyn.


How police are failing over Twitter trolls

By Stephen Pollard, April 26, 2016

A fortnight ago on the Today programme, the national police chiefs’ lead officer on digital crime, the Essex Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, admitted that an “inconsistent” approach to online abuse is undermining the confidence of victims. He said the police were determined to improve how they deal with the “explosion” of online abuse.


Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

By Stephen Pollard, April 15, 2016

It's quite some feat by Katie Mitchell, the director of this risible Lucia di Lammermoor, to reduce the audience to almost uncontrollable laughter as Lucia and Alisa try to kill the bound, blindfolded Arturo. It's certainly funnier than the average sitcom. But I somehow doubt that was Mitchell's intention.


Chances of Corbyn dealing with Labour antisemitism are zero

By Stephen Pollard, March 23, 2016

Another day, another set of revelations about antisemitism in the Labour Party. Three of them so far today.

Then at PMQs David Cameron was given an open goal by a question from Finchley MP Mike Freer, asking if he agreed that all organisations “should root out anti-Semitism without hesitation”.


Opera review: Boris Godunov

By Stephen Pollard, March 17, 2016

First, the positives: it's a rare pleasure to see the original version of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, and all the better to have its seven scenes played in one, 130-minute sweep, with no interval. Antonio Pappano's command of the music is impressive, and the chorus as dominant a character as it should be but rarely is.


Incomparable giant who charmed the world's elite

By Stephen Pollard, January 21, 2016

If we are all unique, George Weidenfeld was, well... more unique than everyone else.

Publisher, statesman, writer, philanthropist, fixer - and much, much more. In each of his many roles he soared to heights that most of us would never come close to in just one career. At 96 he was the master of all his trades, the Jack of none.


Opera: Eugene Onegin

By Stephen Pollard, December 23, 2015

Let's pass over the unforgivably drab scenery and costumes, and concentrate on the - wonderful - plusses of this first revival of Kasper Holten's production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Holten's central conceit - having the story performed as a flashback, with alter egos of both Tatyana and Onegin watching on - has been badly received generally.


Opera: Orpheet Eurydice

By Stephen Pollard, September 17, 2015

With the Royal Opera House currently on tour in Japan, Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir take over from the home team for this new production of one of the greatest of all operas - Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice.

And they alone would make this a performance not to be missed.


Lord Weidenfeld: It’s far easier being 95

By Stephen Pollard, July 23, 2015

One of the many privileges of editing the JC is meeting all sorts of people. I've been lucky enough to meet prime ministers, presidents and monarchs.

But I've no doubt at all that the greatest man I have met as editor, the thought of whose company always thrills me in advance and never disappoints, is Lord Weidenfeld - or just George.


Exclusive: The real reason Britain voted against Israel at the UN

By Stephen Pollard, July 6, 2015

Britain voted in favour of a UN resolution based on a report that condemned Israel’s actions in last summer’s Gaza war and accused it of war crimes – at the request of Benjamin Netanyahu.


NYLO New York

By Stephen Pollard, May 14, 2015

I've tried Downtown, Midtown and the Upper East, but my heart belongs to the Upper West.

And despite New York City's reputation for hotel prices as high as the skyscrapers, I maintain that if you look sensibly you can find seriously good value.