Notes From the Margins…

Free Speech and Straw men

  • July 29, 2011
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One of the interesting things about writing on the Internet, as opposed to the printed press, is that you very quickly become aware of the responses to what you have written.   This experience is not always particularly uplifting.

Earlier this week I wrote a piece for the First Post online magazine on the Norway killings...

Simon Jenkins, Anders Breivik and the ‘Madman Scenario’

  • July 27, 2011
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There is a rather weak piece by Simon Jenkins in today’s Guardian on why “the last thing Norway needs is illiberal Britain’s patronising.”   Jenkins has been good on terrorism in the past,  and he is one of the few critical voices in the mainstream media on the political manipulation of 9/11 and terrorism in general,...

The Paranoid Style in European Politics

  • July 25, 2011
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From the English Defence League to Marine Le Pen’s National Front,  the European far-right has been  at pains to condemn Anders Behring Breivik’s psychotic act of holy war on Friday.  These condemnations may well be sincere, but it is too easy and convenient for these organizations to dismiss the atrocities in Norway as the work...

Murder in Norway

Murder in Norway

  • July 23, 2011
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Once again our species has disgraced itself with yesterday’s vile acts of  mass murder in Norway.   We don’t yet know much about Anders Behring Breivik,  his motives, political affiliations or organizational connections.   According to some reports, Breivik is a ‘fundamentalist Christian’.  Others have described him as a lone ‘madman’ with a political grudge.

It was...

Europe’s ‘multicultural problem’

  • July 21, 2011
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Multiculturalism is a concept that is often criticized – and rarely defined – by both mainstream conservatives and the extreme right.    But definitions are  usually less important than the visceral condemnations of a corrupting liberal ‘ideology’ that is supposedly paving the way for the downfall of ‘our’ national and cultural identity...

Morbid Symptoms: Phonehacking, Celebrities and the Press

  • 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 a great deal of...

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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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