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Britain cracks up

  • August 09, 2011
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Prophecy has never been an exact science, but  Nick Cohen’s gormless observation in Sunday’s  Observer ‘No riots in Britain. Just quiet, ever-deeper anxiety’ must go down as one of   the more spectacularly ill-timed  examples of mainstream media punditry in recent years.

In the space of two days,  a chain of riots and disturbances  has spread across the country with startling speed, completely wrongfooting the police and forcing the Bullingdonians and the ever-opportunistic Ed Miliband to break off their holidays.     As usual the  general tendency amongst  the police and politicians has been  ...

Discipline and fear

  • July 31, 2011
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Nurses, teachers, doctors and all you other do-nothings who have been living high on the hog at the taxpayer’s expense:  be afraid, be very afraid.   The time is coming when you will be held to account for the financial disasters that you have inflicted on the nation.   After all these...

Morbid symptoms

  • July 20, 2011
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As was to be expected, there was a lot of strategic humility on display in Parliament yesterday by both the Murdochs and la Brooks –  replete with softened curls to remove any unfortunate associations with Medusa or a Harry Potter witch.   The arrogance was mostly absent from all three, and there was...

Partying with the Murdochs like it’s 1999

  • July 18, 2011
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The Mail on Sunday has published the guest list for Elizabeth Murdoch and hubby Matthew Freud’s  summer party, which took place at the Oxfordshire village of Burford on July 2, exactly twenty-four hours before the Milly Dowler phonehacking story went viral.

The Mail rather primly describes the ‘Chipping Norton Set’s last hurrah’ at Burford Priory...

The mice turn on the cat

  • July 16, 2011
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Watching the Murdoch empire unravel has certainly become one of the unexpected pleasures of the summer, but I’m not as inspired by the politicians who are now hunting the old bastard down as some commentators think I should be.

In a Guardian column today Jonathan Freedland described last week’s vote in parliament as a ‘British revolution’...

Samosas, drinks and the EDL

  • July 12, 2011
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There was a bad result for the English Defence League (EDL) in my hometown of Cambridge on Saturday.   Some 200 EDL members attempted to march down Mill Road to protest outside the Abu Bakr Jamia Mosque in Mawson Road.    They were met by a counter-demonstration of 2,000 people, and prevented from...

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