- January 09, 2016
Terrorist emergencies have often acted as a catalyst for McCarthyite witchhunts, whether it was the ‘scoundrelly laws’ passed by the French governments of the 1890s in response to anarchist bombings and assassinations, or the emergency laws passed by the West German government in response to the Baader-Meinhof Gang during the 1970s.
Over the last fifteen years...
- December 03, 2013
Readers of this blog will know that I’m not a massive fan of the Daily Mail. And if I keep returning to it, that’s because the cursed thing is impossible to ignore. It squats there in the centre of British public life with its 4.3 million readers like a giant toad, a...
- November 10, 2011
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...