The pundits can't believe the West has lost in Iraq and are tying themselves in knots arguing that a quick departure would be a betrayal of the Iraqi people. But that's not what the Iraqi people are saying.
The Republican car-crash last week took many much-loved figures with it, not least conservative senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum.
Today at the Crown Court in London, former Procul "Whiter Shade of Pale" Harum keyboardist Matthew Fisher is claiming £1 million in unpaid royalties, for creating the song's distinctive organ riff. It's little known however that the original lyrics were a Nostradamus-like account of Australian politics in 2006.
Well, it’s Clive James week again in London. The wearied among us would say that’s every week, but the Kogarah Kid has been somewhat quiet of late.
Don't we have a right to know the detailed beliefs of the man who’s deciding how to spend billions of health dollars?
Dhiren Barot has been sentenced to a minimum of 40 years for planning a series of terrorist attacks in London. It was a serious threat, but 40 years for schemes that never got close to an actual attempt to carry them out is pretty draconian, writes Guy Rundle.
The religious idea that a distinct stem cell is somehow wronged by its creation and destruction is something I regard as silly, writes Guy Rundle. But the effect on our culture overall, of making life an industrial product, is something quite capable of undermining the ground on which meaning is built.
"Vale Robert Caswell" said an email in my inbox last week – the postmodern way by which you find that your world has changed. Caswell, a screenwriter, died in October – he will be best known to Australian viewers as the writer of Scales of Justice, the extraordinary miniseries a clef of Sydney crime and corruption in the 70s and 80s.
Amidst Iraq, the Stern report and the news that most teenagers regard ASBOs (anti-social behaviour orders) as a badge of honour, police inquiries into the sales of peerages for a "loan" to the Labour party, have rolled on in their quiet, remorseless fashion.