Notes From the Margins…

Ronald Reagan: man of straw

  • July 05, 2011
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Yesterday’s unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan in Grosvenor Square is not so much a tribute to the ‘Special Relationship’ as it is a reminder of the almost total absence of anything resembling a moral compass amongst the political elites on either side of the Atlantic. There is no other explanation for the posthumous...

From the borderlands

  • July 04, 2011
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I’m writing from Vilnius, the beautiful capital of Lithuania, after four days at the Polish town of Sejny, in the Polish/Lithuanian borderlands.   I was there as a guest of the Sejny-based Borderlands Foundation, to attend an event called the ‘European Agora’ as part of the centennial of the poet Czeslaw Milosz which is...

Hari goes down

  • June 28, 2011
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Can’t say I’m sorry – or surprised – that The Independent’s Johann Hari has been caught out inserting quotations from his interviewees’ books or articles in his own interview/profiles and then passing them off as his own quotes.   I’ve always found his writing wheedling, bombastic and manipulative, and his analyses of people and...

Now is the summer of our discontent

  • June 27, 2011
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It’s only three days before Thursday’s mass strike action, and anyone looking at the British media would be forgiven for believing that the world was about to end,or that the armies of the undead were about to lay waste to the nation’s cities.   What we actually contemplating is the prospect of public sector trade...

Striking is good for you

  • June 26, 2011
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I’ve never been particularly impressed by Ed Miliband, and the only satisfaction I took from his election as Labour leader was seeing his appallingly arrogant brother deprived of what he clearly regarded as a fait accompli.   But Miliband versus Miliband did not suggest the widest range of democratic choices, and Ed’s  ongoing...

Lampedusa 2

  • June 23, 2011
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LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Jun 22, 2011 (IPS) – It”s only a few hundred metres from the rocky hillside overlooking Lampedusa”s commercial port to the other side of the protected bay. For more than a decade this narrow strip of ocean has been a migratory gateway into Europe for tens of thousands of mostly African migrants. The...

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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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