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Red Lines

  • April 27, 2013
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Western wars and ‘interventions’ in the age of ‘humanitarian warfare’ tend to rely on two essential propaganda tropes to prepare domestic and international public opinion for such events.  Firstly, there is an appeal to humanitarianism/guilt through ‘responsibility to protect’ (R2P) rhetoric which confers a selective moral obligation to bomb or invade countries of geopolitical interest whose rulers/regimes ‘kill their own people’.

Secondly, there is the notion that such regimes are not only dangerous to themselves but to others, through their possession of ‘weapons of mass destruction.’   For the first method to be effective, the...

A Message from the Chancellor

  • April 22, 2013
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Hello everyone.   My name is George Osborne and I’m the Chancellor of the Exchequer.   It’s really a pleasure for me to show you round the new Britain that we have been building these last three years, in the hope that you will ignore the doomsayers and the naysayers, the negative credit...

In her time of dying

  • April 18, 2013
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I didn’t attend National Tory Day – I mean the funeral – yesterday, and did my best to ignore the fact that it was taking place.   This was a good thing, because what I did see and hear was dispiriting at best and seriously bad for my blood pressure at worst.

It wasn’t until...

Thatcher’s Golden Years: remembering the ‘Battle of the Beanfield’

  • April 11, 2013
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[An image originally featured in this post has been removed after being alerted by the copyright owner, Mr John Harris, that it was not in the public domain. Our sincere apologies to Mr Harris for the misunderstanding.]

Glenda Jackson’s powerful assault on Margaret Thatcher yesterday was a welcome antidote to the sycophantic drivel emanating from politicians...

Margaret Thatcher Has Left the Building

  • April 09, 2013
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I am not going to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher.  I see no reason to rejoice just because my political enemies are dead.  But nor do I see why the fact of being dead should suddenly confer some kind of retrospective grandeur on a Tory politician who I once fled the country to get...

The Daily Mail: every tragedy is an opportunity

  • April 03, 2013
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Proving once again that its natural habitat is the sewer, and determined to bring its readers down there with it, the Daily Mail has decided to use the Derby fire tragedy as an iconic ‘what’s wrong with Britain’ story.

There is no doubt that Michael Philpott is a uniquely revolting piece of work, of the type...

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