October 15, 2010


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October 15th, 2010 6:48

Christopher Hitchens on George W. Bush and the 'stupidest thing any president has ever said'

I've been on the move this week – I'm currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico – and meant to blog about this earlier. On Tuesday, I attended a rare treat of an event at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in Washington in which Christopher Hitchens and his brother Peter debated the question:… Read more
October 15th, 2010 4:42

Lutfur Rahman's TV propaganda channel

Lutfur Rahman, the fundamentalist sympathiser standing for mayor of Tower Hamlets, hasn’t always done terribly well on television. This encounter with me on Channel 4 was, frankly, a bit of a car crash. Luckily, in his latest electoral struggle, Lutfur has what amounts to his own personal TV station. Channel S, one of the main British… Read more
October 14th, 2010 23:22

British defence cuts will weaken the Special Relationship and undermine NATO

I rarely find myself agreeing with Hillary Clinton, but she is absolutely right in warning against Whitehall’s planned defence cuts. As James Kirkup reports this evening, the US Secretary of State has made an extraordinary public intervention expressing her concern over the impact of British cuts on the future of the NATO alliance. According to the… Read more
October 14th, 2010 22:11

The new generation of Conservative Eurosceptics: young, liberal and cosmopolitan

Something hugely significant took place in the House of Commons last night. ConservativeHome lists 37 Tory MPs who backed Douglas Carswell's amendment calling for a cut in Britain's contribution to the EU budget. Now Douglas's amendment was, as you can hear him explain in his speech, remarkably modest. It wouldn't have struck down the entire… Read more
October 14th, 2010 19:17

We have not yet heard of them – but they are some of the greatest heroes on Earth

Yesterday should have been a lousy day. I had a ten and a half hour plane journey back from a conference and had to spend it, not catching up on some films, but working my way laboriously through a dense two inch thick tome. Yet it turned out to be one of the most satisfying,… Read more
October 14th, 2010 19:14

Royal Society: doh!

Of the many pseudoscientific institutions responsible for pushing the pseudoscientific fraud of Man Made Global Warming in recent years, few have been quite so assiduous in promulgating the great lie as our own Royal Society. (H/T John O'Sullivan at Suite 101) "Pseudoscientific" may seem a bit of a harsh charge to lay at the door of… Read more
October 14th, 2010 17:04

Unexpected news: Mgr Andrew Summersgill will not be Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor's private secretary for Irish Visitation

A couple of months ago I was told by a priest that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor wanted Mgr Andrew Summersgill to act as his private secretary during his Apostolic Visitation to the Archdiocese of Armagh. The purpose of the Visitation is to provide the Pope with "a thorough analysis of the Catholic Church in Ireland and… Read more