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Fog Facts: Alistair Campbell and the Chilcot Inquiry

  • May 13, 2011
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The American author Larry Beinhart once coined the expression ‘fog facts’ to describe important facts or pieces of information that are in the public domain but remain unacknowledged and undigested.    Beinhart first used the term in his novel The Librarian – a wickedly sharp satirical thriller satire about  the stitched-up Bush/Gore election campaign.

To Beinhart’s librarian protagonist,  fog facts are crucial pieces of information that are ‘known… but not known’,  and which tend to be obscured by trivial or irrelevant media-generated events at the expense of ‘important things that nobody seems able to focus...

Rejoice and Tug the Forelock

  • April 29, 2011
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The great day has dawned and a patriotic mist has already descended on the nation’s collective brain.   Towns and cities across the UK, including my own, are draped in Union Jacks and the cross of St George,  as millions celebrate the accession of Kate Middleton from the status of ‘commoner’ to a world of...

The lady doth protest too much

  • March 09, 2011
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The lady doth protest too much

Posted on  March 30, 2011 by  Matt

Laurie Penny has become the object of much self-righteous outrage for her  account of last Saturday”s march in London in the New Statesman. So far her article has generated 482 comments. These numbers are unusual for a Staggers piece, but the tone is not....

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