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Election: the great day dawneth

  • May 07, 2015
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After six weeks of one of the most tedious, controlled, and stage-managed electoral campaigns in my lifetime, I don’t think I’m the only voter south of the border who will feel more relief than anticipation that it’s finally over.

This has been a campaign driven by the political machines of the three main parties, a campaign...

Pamela Geller’s Free Speech Bloodfest

Pamela Geller’s Free Speech Bloodfest

  • May 05, 2015
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The abortive attack on the ‘Muhammad art contest’ at the Curtis Culand Center in Garland, Texas on Sunday has added another grim chapter to a dishonest ‘free speech versus Islam’ debate that continues to gain deadly traction from one country to the next.

First things first: there is no doubt that the two ‘jihadists’ responsible would...

The UN’s Child Rapists

The UN’s Child Rapists

  • April 30, 2015
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Even in a world that seethes with corruption, inhumanity and injustice in so many places, the revelations that French soldiers with the United Nations Minusca peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic have been sexually abusing homeless young boys in exchange for food is a shocking disgrace.

These acts allegedly took place between December 2013 and...

One Nation Under a Cop

  • April 28, 2015
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Riots are not generally much good for the people on the receiving end of them, and the people who are on the receiving end of them are often the same people who are rioting in the first place.   But moralising about their futility and destructiveness is not much use in societies that aren’t...

Why we should listen when the UN condemns the UK’s ‘extremist media’

  • April 25, 2015
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British tabloid editors have never struck me as a particularly reflective and thoughtful breed of humanity, so I doubt they will be plunged into a mood of remorseful self-analysis by the very strongly-worded suggestion from the United Nations High Commissioner Zeid Ra”ad Al Hussein that there is a connection between their skewed coverage of immigration...

Clegg and Cameron apologize – sort of

  • April 23, 2015
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Yesterday morning I wrote that there has been no official recognition that the deaths of more than 900 migrants in the Mediterranean last week was in part, a consequence of the EU’s decision to replace Italy’s Mare Nostrum search-and-rescue operation last November.     Since then there has been some acknowledgement of this connection, from...

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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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