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A Cautionary Tale

  • November 15, 2014
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Bear with me readers on what is an unusual and longish post, because I really think that this is something that needs a public airing.   The tale begins on Thursday morning when I was sitting at my desk and received the following comment on a blogpost which I posted on April 11 last year, entitled ‘Thatcher’s Golden Years: remembering the ‘Battle of the Beanfield’,   from someone called John Harris:

Great picture of the mounted police attack – who took it Matt?

Lord Green of Migration Watch

  • October 22, 2014
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Yesterday’s announcement of a peerage for Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch.UK is another testament to the antiquated patronage system through which the British political class rewards those who have been useful to it, but the fact that Green has been chosen for this particular honour is in its way as much a barometer of...

Ebola, He Come

Ebola, He Come

  • October 15, 2014
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We all have irrational fears of something.  For some of us it might be snakes, spiders or darkness.   For others it will be rats, crowds, heights or open spaces.   What makes these fears irrational is their inability to distinguish between the threat that we carry in our own minds and the reality of the...

Ukip Without Ukip

  • October 10, 2014
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So the great defector Douglas Carswell took his majority with him over to Ukip yesterday, trashing his Tory rival and adding a few thousand more votes into the bargain.   Less predictably, Ukip came within 700 votes of taking away a 5,000 Labour majority in the Heywood and Middleton byelection.   No one anywhere left...

Kobane: Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold

Kobane: Chronicle of a Defeat Foretold

  • October 07, 2014
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Despite heroic and desperate resistance from Kurdish Peoples Defence fighters (YPG) in Kobane, it is now looking increasingly likely that this key Syrian border town will fall to ISIS.   It that happens, Islamic State will be able to unite the territories that it already controls in northern Syria, and will undoubtedly inflict a bloody...

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...

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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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