Notes From the Margins…

Israel’s Phony Culturati

  • October 24, 2015
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As someone who has spent much of his life writing and reading, and often writing directly or indirectly about politics,  I’ve often had doubts about the role of writers and how relevant and useful we actually are, about the extent to which writing actually contrbutes to bringing about social and political change,  and...

Europe Hearts Erdogan

  • October 19, 2015
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It’s little more than a week since the worst terrorist attack in Turkish history – a vicious atrocity in which the government was at best neglectful and at worst actively complicit, in which more than 100 peaceful demonstrators were murdered because they called for an end to the ongoing war between the Turkish government and...

Three Cheers for Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

  • October 15, 2015
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The Daily Mail and the Daily Express are  angry  with the Jordanian United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.   No one will be surprised by this. Neither newspaper is a fan of  the United Nations.  They don’t like ‘human rights’ – a spurious PC concept that...

Erdogan’s Massacre

  • October 12, 2015
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Terrorist atrocities tend to provoke a predictable stock response from politicians and governments. Invariably there is a great deal of sonorous rhetoric, accompanied by exhortations  to the population to stand firm and show unity in the face of the universal evil of ‘terrorism’.   Nearly always there is a lot of use of...

Lord Snooty’s House of Horrors

  • October 07, 2015
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Even before  the 2015 Tory conference  began the signs were not good.  First there was the announcement that the government intends to ban ‘militant left-wing councils’ from supporting or promoting boycotts and political campaigns that conflict with British foreign policy.

This ban appears to be primarily aimed at the BDS campaign and less directly, the...

Get Your Trident On!

  • October 02, 2015
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We have known for some time that Jeremy Corbyn is a dangerous man, and the  Labour Party Conference has now revealed just how menacing he truly is.   For it is now clear  that we have a potential future prime minister who has moral scruples about using weapons of mass destruction,  and has...

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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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