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Meghan Markle’s Vogue

Meghan Markle’s Vogue

  • August 01, 2019
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It’s safe to say that readers of the Infernal Machine probably don’t come here looking for coverage of the Royal Family or fashion.  Despite my own well-deserved reputation for discreet sartorial elegance, I generally don’t read Vogue magazine unless I come across old copies at the dentists.   It’s true that I was surprisingly engrossed by...

What Iran Wants: the Day of Judgement

What Iran Wants: the Day of Judgement

  • January 30, 2012
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Supporters of war against Iran often justify their urgency on the grounds that Iran is not just a ‘rogue state’ but a mad state whose leadership is intent on a nuclear-engendered apocalypse.   According to this school of thought the Iranian regime is motivated by an eschatalogical philosophy peculiar to Shia Islam seeks to bring...

Bordergate: Act II

  • November 16, 2011
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The plot thickens regarding the ‘Bordergate’ scandal.  Yesterday the outgoing chief of the UK Border Agency Brodie Clark and UKBA’s new executive director Rob Whiteman gave what were essentially incompatible versions of the same events to parliament.

Clark denied suggestions that he was a ‘rogue officer’ and insisted that last summer’s relaxed border checks had...

The Daily Mail: Feasting on Bile

  • November 10, 2011
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It’s always pleasant to see a reactionary government  hanging by its own petard when it tries to play the immigration card, but the UK Border Agency ‘relaxed border controls’ pseudo-scandal encapsulates so much that is toxic about  the  British ‘debate’ on immigration that the  frisson wears off quite quickly.

First we have  a Coalition government which...

Free Speech and Straw men

  • July 29, 2011
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One of the interesting things about writing on the Internet, as opposed to the printed press, is that you very quickly become aware of the responses to what you have written.   This experience is not always particularly uplifting.

Earlier this week I wrote a piece for the First Post online magazine on the Norway killings...

The Paranoid Style in European Politics

  • July 25, 2011
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From the English Defence League to Marine Le Pen’s National Front,  the European far-right has been  at pains to condemn Anders Behring Breivik’s psychotic act of holy war on Friday.  These condemnations may well be sincere, but it is too easy and convenient for these organizations to dismiss the atrocities in Norway as the work...

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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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