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“Running Around Like Idiots”: Britain’s Brexit Crisis

“Running Around Like Idiots”: Britain’s Brexit Crisis

  • July 19, 2019
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“The weight of this sad time we must obey/Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say,” declares Goneril’s husband the Duke of Albany at the end of King Lear, as the body of the old king is taken away.  Given the carnage, corruption, madness, vanity and greed that has preceded this observation, Albany’s...

Stand With the Squad

Stand With the Squad

  • July 17, 2019
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Yesterday, in yet another of the dismal milestones that the Trump administration continues to carve into American political history, the US House of Representatives voted 240-187 to condemn the President of the United States for making racist statements.    This unprecedented rebuke followed Trump’s Twitter attack on the four recently-elected Democrat Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria...

Epstein’s Monsters

Epstein’s Monsters

  • July 15, 2019
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Many people will be familiar with the observation made by John Stuart Mill in 1867 that ‘Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.’   This is true as far as it goes,  but there are also cases when the triumph of evil is not...

Our Ex-Man in Washington

Our Ex-Man in Washington

  • July 11, 2019
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One of the most extraordinary revelations during our ongoing descent into the political vortex has been the supine feebleness and incompetence with which the British ruling classes have responded to a direct threat from the right to their most cherished institutions.  Back in the 1970s there were weird rightwing organisations like Moral Rearmament, secret service...

The Brexit Party: All Men Shall (Not) Be Brothers

The Brexit Party: All Men Shall (Not) Be Brothers

  • July 04, 2019
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In case anyone ever doubts what a sad, petty and downright nasty country we are becoming, the Brexit Party will always be there to remind us.  On Monday, they managed to stage a mighty protest by turning their backs – turning their backs I tell you! – on a young orchestra playing Beethoven’s...

The Resistible Rise of Boris the Clown

The Resistible Rise of Boris the Clown

  • June 26, 2019
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Yesterday morning I watched Boris Johnson give two absolute car crash interviews on LBC and Talk Radio.  It was hard to know which of them was the worst: the one in which he refused to answer Nick Ferrari’s question regarding the date of his ‘Boris and Carrie’ photo, or the one in which he mumbled...

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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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