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Go Scotland Go!

  • September 09, 2014
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The spectre of an independent Scotland no longer haunts Westminster – as a result of the recent polls placing the Yes campaign in the lead, it has now reduced the British political class and the media to abject terror.

After months of complacency, condescension, hysteria, celebrity-driven Better Togetherness, sentimental paeans to Britishness and three hundred years of shared history, dotted with dire warnings and threats of the economic and political consequences of secession from the EU, Barack Obama, Paul Krugman and other luminaries, the momentum has astonishingly shifted decisively in favour of the YES campaign...

Beating Galloway

  • September 06, 2014
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On Friday 29 August the British parliamentarian Adam West, Conservative MP for South Benfield, was viciously attacked by a Muslim fanatic while posing for a photograph on a London street.     Horrified onlookers watched helplessly as the MP was punched in the head and knocked to the ground during a three-minute assault in which...

Lost in the Fear Factory

  • August 25, 2014
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As anybody who has ever been exposed to a dangerous or life-threatening situation knows, fear is not a particularly useful emotion.   At an individual level, it can paralyse the resolve and confidence that you need to survive or go forward, undermine the mental clarity required to take essential decisions, and reduce you to a...

A Terrible Beauty

  • August 21, 2014
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Yesterday I was lucky enough to see a screening of the new documentary about the 1916 Easter Rising A Terrible Beauty, at the Derby Quad cinema, in the presence of its director Keith Farrell.     The film is part of an ongoing multimedia project A Terrible Beauty 1916-2016, which sets out to look at...

Indiana Cameron and the Temple of Doom

  • August 18, 2014
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Of all the Indian Jones films, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is for me the most obnoxious, with its racist stereotyping and unproblematic referencing of nineteenth century imperialist cliches about white men saving childlike dark-skinned folk from the clutches of a demonic native death cult.     But its essential premises aren’t...

British values for British toddlers!

  • August 08, 2014
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It’s probably a good thing the Telegraph saved a headline like ‘ Toddlers at risk from extremism’ for mid-summer, when millions of Britons are cooking themselves into a state of somnolent stupefaction on Mediterranean beaches or Dordogne hideaways, or taking advantage of the exceptional weather for a chilled-out staycation and a succession of beer-drenched evening...

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