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Jacques Peretti’s Gilded City

Jacques Peretti’s Gilded City

  • January 30, 2015
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It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a good documentary on the BBC, let alone an essential one.     But for those who haven’t seen it, I really recommend Jacques Peretti’s outstanding series on the super-rich, which you can still see on podcast here.     I watched the first of its two parts this week and it’s a really powerful piece of work; elegant, disturbing and reminiscent of Adam Curtis, in the way that it combines   archive footage, clever choice of music and striking imagery to create an infuriating, mesmerising...

In the Kingdom of TINA

  • January 26, 2015
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One of the most depressing things about the grotesque and brutal fraud known as ‘austerity’ has been the ability of its proponents to convince so many people to accept its basic assumptions.     Once you begin to believe in There Is No Alternative (TINA), so many things that might otherwise have seemed cruel, immoral,...

Kevin MacDonald’s Black Sea

Kevin MacDonald’s Black Sea

  • January 04, 2015
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Submarine films are always tense experiences, whether they consist of the black & white war films that I watched as a kid, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or the   claustrophobic U-boat epic Das Boot.   Tension, anxiety and claustrophobia are intrinsic to the cinematic world of submarines, whose components are broadly similar...

Hunger is Political

  • December 09, 2014
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The government has adopted a strikingly conciliatory pose in response to yesterday’s report from the All Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in the United Kingdom.  The hapless Lady Jenkin may have expressed what many Tories secretly believe when she suggested that hunger in the UK is all due to the inept culinary and budgetary practices of...

Spiking the Homeless

Spiking the Homeless

  • June 09, 2014
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Many years ago back in the early 1980s, I lived in New York.   One of the many novelties that I was exposed to during those three and half years was the persistent evidence of   homelessness.     At that time tramps   and homeless people weren’t particularly visible in the UK, even in...

Europe’s Ghosts

  • June 02, 2014
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I’ve been walking in the mountains of Andalucia for the last week, and staying in a hotel with really poor Internet reception.     As a result I wasn’t able to blog, and was barely able even to grasp what had taken place in the European elections until I got back to the UK over...

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