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Snobbery is Good for You

  • November 02, 2015
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Today, while waiting to have my hair cut, I happened to come across a Howard Jacobson article in the weekly Independent about Germaine Greer.    This wasn’t an unexpected or a guilty pleasure.  I rarely find reading Jacobson a pleasure at all, and I don’t really care too much to hear about what he thinks about anything.  For one thing I don’t  find him nearly as funny or as witty or incisive as he seems to regard himself, and he also exudes a certain supercilious sense of his own cleverness...

Lord Snooty’s House of Horrors

  • October 07, 2015
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Even before  the 2015 Tory conference  began the signs were not good.  First there was the announcement that the government intends to ban ‘militant left-wing councils’ from supporting or promoting boycotts and political campaigns that conflict with British foreign policy.

This ban appears to be primarily aimed at the BDS campaign and less directly, the...

Get Your Trident On!

Get Your Trident On!

  • October 02, 2015
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We have known for some time that Jeremy Corbyn is a dangerous man, and the  Labour Party Conference has now revealed just how menacing he truly is.   For it is now clear  that we have a potential future prime minister who has moral scruples about using weapons of mass destruction,  and has specifically said...

Feminist Hypocrites Are Us

  • September 27, 2015
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I’ve just come back from another twelve days in the French and Spanish Pyrenees as part of my research for a book. Up in the mountains I had only intermittent Internet access  as usual,  so I was only occasionally able to follow the peculiar goings on back in the motherland.

The hilarious weirdness of PigGate was...

The Birth of a New Politics?

  • September 13, 2015
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Watching yesterday’s stunning victory for Jeremy Corbyn unfold, I really had to resist the urge to pinch myself, and a voice continually went through my head saying that this can’t be happening.   There was so much about it that was unreal.  Firstly, there was the barely-believable fact that the most consistently and...

Watching the Contenders ( when they shoot, shoot, shoot)

  • September 02, 2015
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I haven’t watched most of the debates between the four Labour leadership contenders, mainly because too much exposure to Cooper, Burnham and Kendall is bad for my blood pressure and has been scientifically proven to reduce my life expectancy by about seven years.   Nevertheless, last night I decided to ignore my doctor’s advice...

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