Notes From the Margins…

Latest issue of Arches

  • August 14, 2011
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The latest issue of the Cordoba Foundation quarterly Arches is just out, on the subject of Europe’s Islamic Roots.  I’ve got a piece in it on the expulsion of the Spanish Moriscos and its relevance to contemporary Europe.  You can download the journal or order a hard copy at  http://www.thecordobafoundation.com/



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Cloud Cameron Land

  • August 13, 2011
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Remember that cuddly David Cameron, the photogenic face of the new caring Conservatism, who used to ride a bike and take his kids on the school run – just like us simple ordinary folk?   Not much of that was in evidence during his speech to parliament on Thursday.    Flanked by...

Pundits

Pundits

  • August 10, 2011
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Stunned and clearly scared out of its wits by the shocking events of the last few days, ‘decent’ British society – or at least those who claim to be its mouthpieces – is dreaming of vengeance and retribution.  Comments sections on websites and newspapers are thick with talk of plastic bullets, water cannons, vigilantes and...

The Telegraph gets it

  • August 09, 2011
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London riots: the underclass lashes out London’s rioters are the products of a crumbling nation, and an indifferent political class that has turned its back on them.

Surprisingly good analysis of the riots from – wait for it – the Daily Telegraph.   Certainly more honest and realistic than anything we are likely to hear from Cameron...

Britain Cracks Up

Britain Cracks Up

  • August 09, 2011
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Prophecy is never an exact science, but  Nick Cohen’s 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 media punditry in recent years.

In the space of two days,  a chain of riots and disturbances  has spread across the country...

Putting the Panic On

Putting the Panic On

  • August 05, 2011
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As Yogi Berra once put it, it’s deja vu all over again…

 

With headlines like this

World stock markets in turmoil
Almost £50bn wiped off leading British shares and huge sell-off on Wall Street amid economic fears

And this

Global stock sell-off continues

Asian markets down between 3% and 5%

And this

Debt crisis: global markets plunge as eurozone contagion spreads

I’m just...

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