Notes From the Margins…

Priorities

  • April 19, 2011
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Those cynics out there who were puerile and cheap enough to believe that the invasion  of Iraq had anything to do with oil, or who doubted the noble and high-minded aspirations of its architects to remove the threat of weapons of mass destruction, save the Iraqi people from an evil dictator, spread peace and...

Vittorio Arrigoni…presente

  • April 16, 2011
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In memoriam Vittorio Arrigoni, a good man who went to Gaza to help the Palestinians, only to be  killed by Salafist ‘holy warriors’ acting on instructions from God.   One of those people who demonstrate how noble,  courageous and selfless  human beings can be,  murdered by people who demonstrate the depths...

Cameron lets the dogs out

  • April 15, 2011
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Put yourself in David Cameron’s position.   May council elections are just around the corner and your Coalition government is taking a relentless political kicking.   Your cuts agenda is not only looking cruel but also incompetent, and now even the Royal College of Nursing has taken the unprecedented step of a no...

Don’t call an ambulance

  • April 13, 2011
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So the London Ambulance Service will now have to lose 560 frontline jobs, 20 percent of the total.   So, according to Unison’s regional organiser, Phil Thompson, “These cuts are so deep they may not heal. If allowed to be carried out they will put at risk the many Londoners who rely on the...

Priorities

  • April 12, 2011
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Anyone who still believes we live in the best of all possible worlds would do well to read the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s background report on global military expenditure for 2010.   According to SIPRI’s research the world spent $1, 630 billion on ‘defence’  last year, of which the United States spent...

Monsters at the border

  • April 11, 2011
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There can be more to science fiction films than Dolby whooshes and hyperactive CGI special effects.   Gareth Edwards’s  low-budget sci-fi flic Monsters is a terrific example of what can be done with  a lot of imagination and intelligence and very little money.   Shot on an incredible pre-production budget 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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