Notes From the Margins…

Adam Hochschild’s War Resisters

  • October 23, 2014
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Last night I was lucky enough to catch a talk in Derby from Adam Hochschild based on his book   To End All Wars: How the First World War Divided Britain.     Hochschild once declared his interest in ‘ writing about times and places when people felt a moral imperative to confront evil’,  ...

Lord Green of Migration Watch

  • October 22, 2014
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Yesterday’s announcement of a peerage for Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch.UK is another testament to the antiquated patronage system through which the British political class rewards those who have been useful to it, but the fact that Green has been chosen for this particular honour is in its way as much a barometer of...

The Sorrows of Mexico

  • October 19, 2014
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There aren’t many countries where bodies are discovered in a mass grave believed to be the known victims of a known massacre,   only for it to turn out that the bodies were actually the unknown victims of an unknown massacre, but Mexico is one of them.     Three weeks ago 43 teaching students...

Ebola, He Come

  • October 15, 2014
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As individuals we all have irrational fears of something. For some of us it’s snakes and spiders.   For others it’s rats, crowds, heights or open spaces.   What makes these fears irrational is their inability to distinguish between the imaginary threat that we carry in our own minds and the reality of the perceived...

Immigration: Labour Wades into the Gutter

  • October 13, 2014
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Within two days of the toxic Ukip eruptions in Manchester and Clacton, Ed Miliband has penned a piece in the Observer on how Labour will attempt to stop them spreading.     Miliband’s op ed was probably written before the election results, since it recycles older policies, ideas and narratives which Labour has already put...

Ukip Without Ukip

  • October 10, 2014
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So the great defector Douglas Carswell took his majority with him over to Ukip yesterday, trashing his Tory rival and adding a few thousand more votes into the bargain.   Less predictably, Ukip came within 700 votes of taking away a 5,000 Labour majority in the Heywood and Middleton byelection.   No one anywhere left...

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