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From Panama With Love

  • April 10, 2016
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In a democratic society there are times when one can put politics aside, and be magnanimous in victory or gracious in defeat.   There are moments when you may be tempted to be generous towards even your bitterest political enemies, and even to show empathy with them, when they suffer personal tragedy, or when they or their families are attacked unfairly or subjected to physical violence.

Panamagate is most definitely not one of those moments.   This is not a time for peace, love and understanding.   It is not a time...

Twilight of the Ghouls

  • March 21, 2016
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Few of us  on the left will easily forget the dismal pall that settled over the nation in May last year, the day after Lord Snooty and His Pals defied the polls and won their 12-seat majority.  Anger, incomprehension, stupefaction, frustration and despair – these were the emotions that so many of us...

Hope I die before I get old

  • March 06, 2016
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There was a time when living longer was considered to be a desirable goal, and rising life expectancy was regarded as a metric of social progress.  In those not so distant times, ‘developed’ capitalist societies and already existing socialist societies alike assumed that work was a preparation for an old age in which you...

Cruel Britannia: Light Unto the Nations

  • February 19, 2016
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This week, while our valiant prime minister was ‘battling for Britain’ amongst the bloodsucking Euro-hordes in Brussels, the Home Office approved the deportation of a 92-year-old South African widow who is blind in one eye.   These two events are not as unrelated as they might seem.  One of the key demands in...

A Budapest in London

  • February 15, 2016
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Last year’s election victory for Poland’s  Law and Justice party  is the latest expression of what some commentators have called an ‘authoritarian turn’ in  Eastern Europe.   The leader of Law and Justice, JarosÅ‚aw KaczyÅ„ski is a xenophobic nationalist and a great admirer of Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, a politician cut from similar cloth....

Lord Snooty and the Barbarians

  • February 10, 2016
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Experience has shown repeatedly that David Cameron has only a casual and on-off relationship with the truth.  Whether inventing numbers of moderate Syrian rebels or exaggerating the numbers of migrants receiving benefits, His Lordship has never allowed his messages to the nation to be cluttered with facts.  So no one will be surprised...

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