Notes From the Margins…

Election 2015: Reinventing ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

  • April 13, 2015
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Last weekend Ian Birrell, the former deputy editor of the Independent and speechwriter for David Cameron suggested that Lord Snooty needs to show compassion in order to invigorate a Tory election campaign that he rightly describes as ‘narrow, repressed and uninspiring.’   I am sure there are many readers – and I was certainly one...

Yemen: stirring the cauldron

Yemen: stirring the cauldron

  • April 11, 2015
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What exactly has to happen in order to demonstrate once and for all that war and militarisation are not the solutions to the many problems that the Middle East faces?

The casualty estimates and death tolls from the countries our armies and special forces have fought or intervened in don’t seem to do the trick.  Neither...

Nigel Farage’s Easter message

  • April 07, 2015
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As most Christians will be aware, one of the most frequent miracles performed by Jesus is the healing of the sick.     Blindness, deafness, insanity, epilepsy, leprosy, paralysis, haemorrhage, and fever – all these maladies are included in the   27 separate occasions listed in the New Testament in which the Son of God...

Iran Nuclear Agreement: War Averted?

  • April 03, 2015
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Given the unfolding mayhem in the Middle East, yesterday’s framework agreement over Iran’s nuclear program is a positive development that should be cautiously celebrated.   Ordinary Iranians have special reason to celebrate, because they are the ones, as always, who  have borne the brunt of sanctions  that should never have been imposed in the first...

What’s so interesting about William Tecumseh Sherman?

  • April 02, 2015
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There are a lot of books to read, and for those of you that like to spend time, maybe too much time, on the internet, there is a lot of stuff to read that isn’t in books and which doesn’t even give you time to read them.     As if it wasn’t enough trying...

Why 1.3 Million Dead Are Not Worth Mentioning

  • March 31, 2015
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It’s one of the essential tenets of the new age of humanitarian war that war is not as bad as it used to be, or at least that it’s not so bad that the costs outweigh the gains.     War, or western war at least, is no longer the grim rider on the pale...

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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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