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Clegg and Cameron apologize – sort of

  • April 23, 2015
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Yesterday morning I wrote that there has been no official recognition that the deaths of more than 900 migrants in the Mediterranean last week was in part, a consequence of the EU’s decision to replace Italy’s Mare Nostrum search-and-rescue operation last November.     Since then there has been some acknowledgement of this connection, from our own Prime Minister and his faithful deputy, who will hopefully be accompanying him to poltical oblivion.

But as is often the case when politicians appear to admit that ‘they got it wrong’ on something, these mea culpas leave out...

The resistible rise of Katie Hopkins

  • April 19, 2015
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Ok, I know I shouldn’t write about Katie Hopkins.   I am aware that she is a self-seeking toxic sociopath who feeds on toxicity and says hateful things in order to get people to talk about her.     Her motives for doing this are so painfully transparent they hardly bear scrutiny: she wants to...

Election 2015: Reinventing ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

  • April 13, 2015
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Last weekend Ian Birrell, the former deputy editor of the Independent and speechwriter for David Cameron suggested that Lord Snooty needs to show compassion in order to invigorate a Tory election campaign that he rightly describes as ‘narrow, repressed and uninspiring.’   I am sure there are many readers – and I was certainly one...

The Ballad of Jeremy Clarkson

  • March 26, 2015
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Even in a world filled with tragedies and traumas, Wednesday 25 March 2015 will go down as a dark, dark day in the nation’s history.   For a few brief hours the sun did shine, however weakly and intermittently, across parts of our crumbling Union, casting a pale and oddly mournful glow across its teeming...

Aaronovitch Administers the Hatchet

  • March 23, 2015
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Anyone who has read this site will know that I’m not a big fan of the UK’s little band of neocon/liberal interventionist journalists.

It isn’t just the fact that I don’t agree with them.   I can live with disagreement.   It isn’t even their total obliviousness to the discrepancies between their militarist proposals and the actual...

Britain’s detention gulag: the ‘animals’ rebel

  • March 20, 2015
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Three weeks ago Channel 4 News produced a shocking undercover report on Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre, using a hidden camera.     The report was painful, infuriating and utterly shameful viewing.     Yarl’s Wood was outsourced to Serco in 2007, and its guards can be seen using viciously sexist and racist language towards...

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