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“Running Around Like Idiots”: Britain’s Brexit Crisis

“Running Around Like Idiots”: Britain’s Brexit Crisis

  • July 19, 2019
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“The weight of this sad time we must obey/Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say,” declares Goneril’s husband the Duke of Albany at the end of King Lear, as the body of the old king is taken away.  Given the carnage, corruption, madness, vanity and greed that has preceded this observation, Albany’s...

Britain’s Death Squad

  • November 22, 2013
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Last night’s Panorama investigation on the Military Reaction Force (MRF) was an important and revelatory insight into a little-known facet of the British ‘dirty war’ in Northern Ireland.   A secret unit that ‘did not exist on paper’,   the MRF carried out undercover surveillance and extra-judicial executions of IRA members, mostly in West Belfast,...

The Curse of the Careerist

  • March 18, 2013
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You have to admire the courage and moral fibre of Britain’s military chiefs.  Here they are, ten years after the Iraq war, queuing up to describe  the inept planning for the post-invasion scenario as ‘wholly irresponsible’.    So we hear former chief of defence Lord Guthrie, thundering that it was ‘ absolutely...

Gove’s classroom armies

  • September 02, 2011
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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...

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