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Independence Day

Independence Day

  • January 31, 2020
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More than four years after the referendum that plunged the UK into what has been the most bitter and divisive political crisis in its history, we have finally reached the day that so many Brexiters have dreamed of and yearned for.  For many of those who voted and campaigned to leave the European Union, today...

Chronicle of a Coup Foretold

Chronicle of a Coup Foretold

  • December 20, 2019
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A week on, there is no way you can really look on the 2019 General Election that makes it feel any better than it did on the night. The bare facts speak for themselves. The single greatest concentration of conmen, chancers, fanatics and incompetents in British political history have been given a majority by the...

All Hail to the Monster

All Hail to the Monster

  • September 26, 2019
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Readers of this blog will probably know that I’m not a great fan of Boris Johnson.  In fact it would be safe to say that I  despise him as much as any British politician I have ever witnessed in my lifetime.  It’s hard to put my finger on exactly why.  It might be the constant...

The Strange Tale of the Disappearing Country

The Strange Tale of the Disappearing Country

  • September 22, 2019
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I’ve been abroad in the Pyrenees for nearly three weeks now and it was, as it always is these days, a huge relief to be away from these septic isles.  Of course you don’t forget them.  Nowadays, you take Brexit with you in your mental baggage, even if you never meant to pack it.  It’s...

Guest Post: Robert Mugabe (1924-2019): A History of Wounds

Guest Post: Robert Mugabe (1924-2019): A History of Wounds

  • September 07, 2019
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Guest Post from Richard Drayton, Professor of History at King’s College, London.

Robert Mugabe is a hate figure in the West, especially in Britain, where the political right had such important family, economic and political connections to white-minority Rhodesia. And he did his own memory no favours: he was a man with very serious flaws, whose...

We Could Be Heroes (Just for No Deal)

We Could Be Heroes (Just for No Deal)

  • September 01, 2019
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We have heard a great deal of stirring talk from Brexiters about World War 2 these last few years.  It might be Boris Johnson comparing Francois Holland to a  Colditz prison guard dealing out ‘punishment beatings’ to the UK in 2017, or condemning MPs as ‘collaborators’ with the EU in his Facebook video last month.

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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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