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Try to be civil, Chilcot

  • January 22, 2015
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One of my favourite moments in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness occurs  when the narrator Marlow is interrupted by an irritated listener who tells him ‘Try to be civil Marlow.’ It’s a very English request, as Conrad well knew.   I mean here is Marlow, recounting a story of the horrific violence and cruelty, madness...

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’,  ...

Beating Galloway

  • September 06, 2014
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On Friday 29 August the British parliamentarian Adam West, Conservative MP for South Benfield, was viciously attacked by a Muslim fanatic while posing for a photograph on a London street.     Horrified onlookers watched helplessly as the MP was punched in the head and knocked to the ground during a three-minute assault in which...

The Chilcot Inquiry Sinks into the Sand

  • November 15, 2013
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In the last fortnight a number of media commentators accused Russell Brand of naivete and political ignorance for his criticisms of the democratic system and the limitations of the right to vote.

This week however, the British public were presented with further evidence of how hollowed-out the democratic process has become, when the Chilcot Inquiry revealed...

Dick Cheney’s Heart

  • October 19, 2013
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So Dick Cheney has revealed to a CBS News interviewer that his cardiologist once had the wireless component of his heart defibrillator disabled in order to prevent terrorists from sending a signal that might kill him.       Apparently something   similar happens in the Homeland series, which I don’t watch, but the former...

The Death of Daniel Somers

The Death of Daniel Somers

  • July 01, 2013
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The Gawker website has performed an essential service in publishing the utterly tragic last letter from the American Iraq veteran Daniel Somers to his family before he killed himself on 10 June.     Somers was 30 years old and had suffered from traumatic brain injury and PTSD, and his letter is a heartbreaking cry...

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