Notes From the Margins…

Sandals In Harrogate

  • April 25, 2011
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As usual I’ve spent the Easter weekend at the National Union of Teachers conference in Harrogate, where my partner is a delegate.      There’s always a striking disconnect between what happens at these annual conferences and the way they are reported in the UK media.     As an occasional conference  observer and an...

Multiculturalism is Bad for You

  • April 22, 2011
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Superb article by  Liz Fekete at the Institute of Race Relations on the European-wide convergence between mainstream conservatives and the extreme-right in their attacks on multiculturalism.   Her central thesis is that, at a time of economic crisis

In singling out multiculturalism as a threat to national identity, the leaders of Europe’s centre-right parties are using...

Libya – War Without End?

  • April 21, 2011
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The news that French, Italian and British military advisors will be working with Libyan rebels – only ‘advising’ mind, not fighting – is another escalation of an ‘intervention’ that has already gone far beyond its original remit, and which is unlikely to produce a positive outcome – if it ends at all.

It is clear that...

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 shoes.   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 confidence vote...

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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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