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The Russians are coming!

  • February 20, 2015
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Fancy a war with Russia, chaps?     After more than two decades in which Western leaders have staggered from one foreign policy train wreck to another with the reckless indifference of stag night drinkers on an epic pub brawl, it now looks as though they are lurching dimly towards exactly that outcome.

Of course it’s...

The Battles of Calais

  • August 12, 2014
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For millions of British tourists,  Calais is a the gateway for continental driving holidays and the pleasures of the summer. For others it’s a city of designer shops, of the massive Euroshopping mall Cité Europe, where the Daily Mail and P&O ferries were offering £1 fares for foot passengers to do their Christmas shopping...

The Daily Mail: every tragedy is an opportunity

  • April 03, 2013
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Proving once again that its natural habitat is the sewer, and determined to bring its readers down there with it, the Daily Mail has decided to use the Derby fire tragedy as an iconic ‘what’s wrong with Britain’ story.

There is no doubt that Michael Philpott is a uniquely revolting piece of work, of the type...

The Daily Mail: turning tragedy into bigotry

  • January 28, 2012
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I know I’ve written on this subject before, but it needs to be repeated again and again: the Daily Mail  is a toxic pool of xenophobia, racism and rancid little-Englandism, and the fact that it attracts six million readers every week is a huge indictment of the British newspaper-reading public.

Today Paul Dacre’s ghastly rag has...

Foreign scroungers take our benefits

  • January 20, 2012
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It doesn’t stop, and in those dank and rancid corners of the national press that are forever England, it never will.   Today the rightwing broadsheets and tabloids are venting on full spleen, spraying indignant flecks of bile at a report from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) which claims that 370,000 foreign-born...

Kick your local teacher now!

  • January 14, 2012
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Apart from, say, deporting more asylum seekers or walking out on EU summits, there are few things politicians can do that are more guaranteed to warm the cold shrivelled heart of the Daily Mail than engage in a little bout of teacher-bashing.

The Mail‘s loathing of teachers is rooted in a reductionist insistence on an education...

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