Notes From the Margins…

If you want to shop at Waitrose clap your hands, clap your hands

  • May 11, 2015
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If there’s one political concept I detest even more than the banal cliché ‘hard-working families’, it’s the notion of the ‘aspirational voter’.   I had already had quite enough of the former during the election campaign,   and now ‘aspirational’ has become the new buzzword as Labour’s ‘soul searching’ into the great debacle gets...

Election 2015: the horror

  • May 08, 2015
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I didn’t stay up to watch the nightmare unfold last night.     The exit polls filled me with such shock, outrage, and disgust that I knew my blood pressure wouldn’t be able to cope with it.   After eleven o’clock there was no way I was going to spend any more time in the...

Election: the great day dawneth

  • May 07, 2015
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After six weeks of one of the most tedious, controlled, and stage-managed electoral campaigns in my lifetime, I don’t think I’m the only voter south of the border who will feel more relief than anticipation that it’s finally over.

This has been a campaign driven by the political machines of the three main parties, a campaign...

Pamela Geller’s free speech bloodfest

  • May 05, 2015
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The aborted assault by two would-be jihadists on the ‘Muhammad art contest’ at the Curtis Culand Center in Garland, Texas on Sunday has added another grim chapter to a screechingly dishonest ‘free speech versus Islam’ debate that continues to gain deadly traction from one country to the next.   First things first: there is no...

The UN’s child rapists

  • April 30, 2015
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In a world order that seeths with the most insolent corruption, inhumanity and injustice in   so many places, the revelations that French soldiers with the United Nations Minusca peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic were sexually abusing starving and homeless young boys in exchange for food is a shocking disgrace.

The acts in question...

One Nation Under a Cop

  • April 28, 2015
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Riots are not generally much good for the people on the receiving end of them, and the people who are on the receiving end of them are often the same people who are rioting in the first place.   But moralising about their futility and destructiveness is not much use in societies that aren’t...

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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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