- December 08, 2013
Human kind/ cannot bear very much reality, observed TS Eliot, and societies that send young men to kill and die on their behalf are particularly unwilling to bear the often brutish reality of the wars they fight.
One way in which British society conceals or distances itself from its wars is to emphasize the dying rather...
- September 25, 2011
There is a rather nauseating but not entirely surprising story in today’s Independent on Sunday about British soldiers gathering to watch ‘war snuff movies’ at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan for ‘morale boosting’ sessions.
These’Kill TV nights’ consisted of video clips showing people being killed by Apache helicopters, and were accompanied by a commentary from...
- September 02, 2011
The riots have provided another boost for one of Michael Gove’s pet projects – the ‘troops to teachers’ programme. In a wide-ranging speech at Durand academy in Stockwell yesterday, the toad-like Education Secretary outlined forthcoming proposals this autumn to retrain former soldiers as primary and secondary school teachers.
This idea was first mooted...