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Murder in Westminster

Murder in Westminster

  • March 23, 2017
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So far nothing is known about the murderer who mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on Westminster Bridge and assaulted parliament with a kitchen knife yesterday.

The murderer is dead, having completed his homicidal spree with an act of suicide-by-cop.  Last night Channel 4 News bizarrely identified him as Trevor Brooks, aka Abu Izzadeen, the Islamist bigot linked to Andy Choudary’s group of Islamist bigots who once famously heckled John Reid.

This claim unraveled within minutes when it was discovered that Brooks is still in jail.

So the killer remains a blank, except that he was almost certainly...

Burkini Madness

Burkini Madness

  • August 25, 2016
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Anyone who has travelled in France this summer will have found it difficult to ignore the state of emergency with which the French state has responded to Daesh’s savage provocations.    In Banyuls-sur-Mer, we found the main road by the beach guarded by armed soldiers, presumably mindful of a repeat of the attack on Tunisia...

2016: The Summer of Blood

2016: The Summer of Blood

  • July 27, 2016
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Keep calm and carry on might seem like a rather banal piece of advice, faced with the seemingly endless and unstoppable conveyor belt of atrocities unfolding before us in Baghdad, Kabul,and Istanbul, in Florida, Nice and Germany.

Shoppers in a Baghdad shopping mall; gay and lesbian clubbers; children watching fireworks; disabled residents of a care home;...

Nice and the Atrocity Factory

Nice and the Atrocity Factory

  • July 16, 2016
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Yesterday evening I was driving to play a game of tennis, when I heard the sounds of screaming people on the radio being mown down  by a truck  in Nice.  I immediately turned it off. This isn’t because I think I have some privileged right to ignore such horrors.  But I don’t need to hear...

Trapped in the Gray Zone

  • March 23, 2016
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It would be good to imagine that our descendants may look back on our savage world as a bygone tragedy that has been superseded by a more enlightened era.  Perhaps  historians will draw  lessons from our collective descent into the abyss, the way we now look back at the 1930s and the rise of fascism,...

The Daily Mail, Cage, and the Enemy Within

The Daily Mail, Cage, and the Enemy Within

  • January 09, 2016
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Terrorist emergencies have often acted as a catalyst for McCarthyite witchhunts, whether it was the ‘scoundrelly laws’ passed by the French governments of the 1890s in response to anarchist bombings and assassinations, or the emergency laws passed by the West German government in response to the Baader-Meinhof Gang  during the 1970s.

Over the last fifteen years...

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