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Miliband: Death by Triangulation

  • April 08, 2014
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Reading or listening to Ed Miliband’s speeches has never been good for my health.     Invariably they tend to produce the same responses; first a feeling of instant suffocation accompanied by a spreading numbness through my vital parts as the platitudes mount and words like ‘vision’ and ‘conviction’ and ‘I believe’ echo pointlessly round my brain like pinballs clattering in an intellectual amusement park.

This is usually followed a steep fall in the will to live as the impenetrable jargon rolls sluggishly onward with all the passion of a tube station ‘mind the gap’...

Cameron Condemns Egypt’s Persecution of the Muslim Brotherhood

  • April 01, 2014
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In a powerful demonstration of its commitment to democracy and the rule of law, the British government has reacted strongly to the 529 death sentences handed out to Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters last week.   Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned what he called a ‘politicized show trial’ and a ‘travesty of justice’ based...

Richard Levin’s Awfully Big Corporate Adventure

  • March 25, 2014
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One of the small mysteries that has always intrigued me about Tony Blair’s dizzying transformation into a global moneymaking machine, was his teaching role at Yale University.   In September 2008 Blair taught his first class at Yale as part of a three-year collaboration between the Yale School of Divinity and the Tony Blair Faith...

Home is where the Hatred is

  • March 24, 2014
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Yesterday’s Sunday Mirror has the awful story of Linda Wooton, the 49-year-old woman who died in hospital nine days after an Atos work assessment test declared her ‘fit for work.’     Mrs Wooton’s health had been poor for three decades, as a result of complications from a heart and lung transplant.   She...

Ukip Flying Saucers Invade Earth

  • March 21, 2014
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I’ve just been watching   the ‘science fiction video’ produced by Ukip in Bradford.   Written and ‘directed’ by Ukip Bradford and District chairman Jason Smith, it’s a chilling and bleak testament to the intellectual and moral vacuum that his party would like to drag the country into – and also to the fantasy vision...

Dissing Tony Benn

  • March 15, 2014
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Rarely has the death of a major politician generated such faint and often blatantly hypocritical praise as the tributes and obituaries dedicated to Tony Benn. In general the response has been dominated by broadly similar motifs; that Benn was ‘charming,’ ‘charismatic’, a ‘great speaker’ and a ‘conviction politician’   with strongly-held principles and beliefs –...

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