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That Katie Hopkins thing that you do

  • November 20, 2014
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I wasn’t going to write about Katie Hopkins, because I generally think that she is one of those people better off left ignored.   Nevertheless I just can’t help myself, because there are some individuals, who no matter how repellent and inherently worthless in themselves, are symptomatic of certain wider social or political trends, and Hopkins’s strange trajectory from reality tv star into the nation’s most notoriously hateful opinion-monger has a great deal to tell us about the kind of society we’ve become.

For those that don’t know, or perhaps have had loftier things to...

A Cautionary Tale

  • November 15, 2014
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Bear with me readers on what is an unusual and longish post, because I really think that this is something that needs a public airing.   The tale begins on Thursday morning when I was sitting at my desk and received the following comment on a blogpost which I posted on April 11 last year,...

The Strange Cult of Russell Brand Part II

  • November 11, 2014
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I shouldn’t have been entirely surprised that my recent thoughts on the Russell Brand phenomenon have attracted far more comments on this site and on Facebook than my posts usually get – it’s in the nature of the Brand phenomenon that when you speak about him people sit up and listen.   I’ve written hundreds...

The Strange Cult of Russell Brand

  • October 26, 2014
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This won’t make me popular, but I’m tired of hearing about Russell Brand.   It has now become impossible to go on Facebook without coming across a post hailing his latest pronouncements or interviews.   These postings are almost always celebratory, as though Brand were some kind of leftwing Moses, coming down from the...

The Guardian’s war-lite

  • October 08, 2014
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When the British liberal press supports the UK’s wars, it generally does so from a very different perspective to the tabloid press.   Unlike the Sun, say, it doesn’t make little jokes about drones or entertain its readers with bloodthirsty ‘gotcha’ moments.   Like the Observer, in its famous editorial in support of the Iraq...

Leaving the Huffington Post

  • July 04, 2014
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Since 2011 I have posted 66 of my blog posts on the UK Huffington Post website.   It has been for me, an odd and often disconcerting experience, to find myself on the same website as Alistair Campbell, Cherie Blair, or the dreadful hatemonger/bigot Katie Hopkins, who HP has assidiously promoted, for reasons known only...

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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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