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The towering pomposity of Simon Jenkins

I know I shouldn’t. It’s bad for me. It raises my blood pressure and causes an involuntary, reflexive movement whereby I smack myself on the forehead for a period that can last a couple of hours in extreme cases. I

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The revolting tentacles of News International

My, but how the plot thickens. Today it was Dave Cameron’s turn to get a sound kicking: in this case at the Number 10 press conference where he desperately tried to put some clear blue water between himself and News International.

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The Guardian on China

Oh, the horseshit one reads in The Guardian sometimes. I’m accustomed to disagreeing with the majority of their columnists these days and I’ve long found their editorial stance antithetical to my own on many issues. But I can’t recall seeing

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Great Cultural Questions To Which The Answer is Yes

Oliver Kamm runs an occasional series on his blog called “Great Historical Questions To Which The Answer is No”. It’s a pretty self-explanatory concept: each time he will seize on a question asked by some commentator or other and expeditiously

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Comment was suspended

The comments function on Comment is Free wasn’t working yesterday morning and for a while the world seemed a calm, serene place. Reading the site, without the subsequent reams of vitriolic abuse masquerading as opinion, it felt like some semblance

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Wake up and taste the coffee

I am a total caffeine hound. It’s almost bordering on an obsession sometimes, to the point where starting the day (especially a work day) without a coffee is not only unthinkable but, quite literally, not possible. I tried to give

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He’s not a satirist, he’s a very naughty boy

Check out this piece by Terry Jones (he of Monty Python fame). It’s a piss poor slice of satire about the situation with the kidnapped British sailors currently being illegally held by the deranged state of Iran for their own

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If at first you don’t succeed, Trident again

I agree with the decision to renew Britain’s nuclear deterrent. I don’t know enough about nuclear warheads to make a convincing case for Trident itself – there seems to be a school of thought that the programme is out of

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Polly Ethylene

The point is, ideology is dead and political labels are increasingly meaningless. I wrote these words in the first ever post on this blog, in March 2005. I was reminded of them last week with the news that Greg Clark,

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For Aslan’s sake

I’m not exactly her biggest fan anyway, but I was irritated by this article written by Polly Toynbee in The Guardian, wittering on about the Christian conspiracy (in her head, at least) that is the new film version of The

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