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National Security: a concept in search of a meaning?

  • November 26, 2014
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It’s National Counter Terrorism Awareness week, and the government and police forces across the country are doing their best to remind the public of the gravity of the threats we face from terrorism, radicalization and extremism.     The UK ‘terror threat’ has been raised to ‘ severe’ and the prime minister has gone so...

Liars’ Ball

  • November 24, 2014
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Even within the dizzying race to the bottom that British politics has become, last week’s ‘white van tweet’ marked a new low point in political dishonesty, stupidity and crass opportunism.   The central role in this farce was played by Ed Miliband, whose decision to sack MP Emily Thornberry constituted a political own goal that...

Saint Tony Ascends to Heaven

Saint Tony Ascends to Heaven

  • November 21, 2014
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It’s been a good year for that jetsetting businessman, philanthropist and peace envoy Tony Blair.   In September GQ Magazine voted him ‘philanthropist of the year.’     Now Save the Children have given him its ‘Global Legacy Award’ at a ‘gala dinner’ in New York attended by various A-List film stars, celebrities, and the...

That Katie Hopkins thing that you do

  • November 20, 2014
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I wasn’t going to write about Katie Hopkins, because I generally think that she is one of those people better off left ignored.   Nevertheless I just can’t help myself, because there are some individuals, who no matter how repellent and inherently worthless in themselves, are symptomatic of certain wider social or political trends, and...

Leviathan

  • November 17, 2014
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I’ve just seen Andrey Zvyagintsev’s extraordinary film Leviathan.   The movie got the best screenplay award at Cannes and has received ecstatic plaudits all round, and in my opinion it deserves them all.   It’s a bleak, troubling, and haunting piece of work, one of those rare films that lingers in the mind long after...

A Cautionary Tale

  • November 15, 2014
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Bear with me readers on what is an unusual and longish post, because I really think that this is something that needs a public airing.   The tale begins on Thursday morning when I was sitting at my desk and received the following comment on a blogpost which I posted on April 11 last year,...

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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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