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Davos: the sound of one hand clapping

  • January 26, 2016
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For those who like to follow the example of Brian and his disciples and always look on the bright side of life, it can safely be said that 2016 hasn’t gotten off to the most cracking start.  The year began with the mass sexual assaults at Cologne, which have now become a cause celebre...

Luke Loy: Death by Government

  • January 23, 2016
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One of the most sinister achievements of the Tory government is the ease with which it has managed to condition the public to accept the most brutal victimisation of some of its most vulnerable and defenseless members as something normal and acceptable. In the last four years, benefit sanctions against the mentally-ill have gone up...

Learn English! The Vicious Idiocy of David Cameron

  • January 20, 2016
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I have to admit that when I hear the word ‘integration’  coming from politicians  nowadays, it makes me want to reach for my revolver.   By integration, I don’t mean the term that British Home Secretary Roy Jenkins famously defined back in 1966 when he said:

Integration is perhaps a loose word. I do not regard...

The Knights of Cologne

  • January 14, 2016
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As a sixty-year-old man I obviously can’t speak with a great deal of authority on what it’s like to be a young woman in Europe.  Nevertheless I  am the parent of a twenty-year-old daughter who likes to go out at night.   Recently she was at a club when a stranger propositioned...

My Week as a Media Pariah

  • January 11, 2016
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‘When I first started a blog in January 2011,   I did so as a rather hesitant experiment.  I soon came to enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to write in an informal and sometimes polemical style, generally in response to immediate events, and it became something of a compulsion. To date I have written...

The Daily Mail, Cage, and the Enemy Within

The Daily Mail, Cage, and the Enemy Within

  • January 09, 2016
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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...

About Me

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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