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The Awesome Years

  • July 20, 2012
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It would be something of an understatement to suggest that the historians of the future are unlikely to look back on the first decade of the twenty-first century with much favor.

It was a decade in which the world’s most powerful democracy unleashed   a swathe of violence across the world in the name of the...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being Tony Blair

  • June 28, 2012
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Our peace envoy in the Middle East has just told his starry-eyed acolyte Patrick Wintour in the Guardian that he wouldn’t mind being PM again. I thought I’d link to a longish piece I wrote back in 2009 for Dissident Voice as a reminder of why that would not be a good idea:

At some point...

Alastair Campbell does satire

  • June 16, 2012
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When flying low without a moral compass, it’s always vaguely comforting and reassuring to tell yourself that everybody else is doing it too.   So it’s not surprising at all to hear Alastair Campbell  having a go at Armando Iannucci for accepting an OBE.

I have no intention of defending that decision myself.  In...

David Cameron: music lover

  • January 03, 2012
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As a big Gillian Welch/David Rawlings fan I was surprised to read recently that David and Samantha Cameron attended the concert by the awesome duo in London last November.   On one level it suggests that the Camerons at least have good taste, and that unlike Tony Blair, their tastes are not calculated to...

Statecraft

  • September 07, 2011
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In public British governments often argue that Britain’s foreign policy is dictated by  moral and ethical considerations.  Privately, British officials operate according to very different concept of  statecraft and the national interest in which morality is generally placed on hold.   Occasionally  it is possible to glimpse this discrepancy.   Consider the following document that...

The wisdom of Tony Blair

  • August 21, 2011
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The sage of Fettes offers us his thoughts on the riots in today’s Observer and his analytical instincts remain as shallow as ever.   Blair rightly rejects the moralistic Cameronian rhetoric about a broken society.   But his own analysis is no less vacuous, moralistic and self-serving.  Blair engages in a satire-defying...

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