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Ursula in Blunderland

Ursula in Blunderland

  • January 31, 2021
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At first sight, the government of a country that has just reached the grim figure of 100,000 covid-related deaths and the third highest per capita covid death rate in the world shouldn’t have much to celebrate.  Yet a poll this week suggests that  Johnson and his cabinet-of-the-damned have gained four points, bringing its potential vote...

2020: The Year that Wasn’t

2020: The Year that Wasn’t

  • December 31, 2020
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Of all the things I expected from 2020 last New Year’s Eve, I have to say I did not expect to be living under actual or semi quarantine for nine months in the middle of a pandemic.  My wife was more prescient.  As far back as last December she expressed concern that the virus in...

The Country of the Blind

The Country of the Blind

  • December 12, 2020
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I recently bought a copy of the  official guide to the 1992 Seville Expo in connection with a novel that I’m currently working on.  Most of it is written in the tourist-guide kitsch that you would expect to find from an exhibition that celebrated Columbus’s voyages as the beginning of an ‘age of discovery’ leading...

Coronavirus: Raise Your Voice and Point the Finger

Coronavirus: Raise Your Voice and Point the Finger

  • April 22, 2020
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There are times when it’s necessary, and even obligatory,  to establish a truce or even a temporary alliance with your political opponents in order to fight an enemy that is even dangerous and harmful than they are.  Such truces might involve all kinds of unlikely compromises and political arrangements, from coalition or unity governments to...

Ventilator Blues

Ventilator Blues

  • March 21, 2020
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When the coronavirus nightmare ends – as it will end one day – there are many things those of us who survive it will want to remember, and there are things that governments – including our own – will want us to forget.  One of them is the chronic lack of medical ventilator machines available...

Waiting for Corona

Waiting for Corona

  • March 15, 2020
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“The face of London was—now indeed strangely altered: I mean the whole mass of buildings, city, liberties, suburbs, Westminster, Southwark, and altogether; for as to the particular part called the city, or within the walls, that was not yet much infected. But in the whole the face of things, I say, was much altered; sorrow...

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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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