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The Crimea Votes for Russia

The Crimea Votes for Russia

  • March 19, 2014
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The US and the EU have huffed and puffed and waxed indignant, but the population of the Crimea has voted massively in favor of union with Russia.     According to the referendum statistics, 95.5 percent of the population voted for secession in a referendum with an 83 percent turnout.

These figures may have been exaggerated,...

Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

Dan Hodges Wins the Afghan War

  • March 18, 2014
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The Telegraph‘s Dan Hodges has offered his readers some spectacularly dumb reflections on  the British contribution to the Afghan war.  It would be more accurate to describe   Hodges’s column as a collection of words thrown together and arranged into sentences rather than thoughts, since there is little evidence of thinking at all in this...

Dissing Tony Benn

  • March 15, 2014
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Rarely has the death of a major politician generated such faint and often blatantly hypocritical praise as the tributes and obituaries dedicated to Tony Benn. In general the response has been dominated by broadly similar motifs; that Benn was ‘charming,’ ‘charismatic’, a ‘great speaker’ and a ‘conviction politician’   with strongly-held principles and beliefs –...

Littlejohn Goes to Legoland

  • March 12, 2014
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Imagine readers, that you are Richard Littlejohn, star columnist of the Daily Mail.   One day you are lolling around your Florida mansion, when   you get a phone call or an email from your editor Paul Dacre.   Perhaps it goes something like this:

‘ Richard, You remember that hate preacher we talked about last...

Miliband in Khaki

Miliband in Khaki

  • March 10, 2014
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Last week Ed Miliband visited Afghanistan and promised that a future Labour government would make it illegal to ‘abuse’ and ‘discriminate’ against members of the British armed forces.

The origins of this proposal go back to the 2008 National Recognition of the Armed Forces report commissioned by Gordon Brown and drawn up by Tory defector Quentin...

Immigration: Your Concerns are Our Concerns

  • March 07, 2014
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What are you concerned about readers?   Is it the environment, income inequality, the cost of childcare, creeping privatization of the NHS, unemployment, poverty, the punitive treatment of disability claimants, foodbanks, or the seemingly endless appetite of the British ruling elite for foreign military adventures?

None of these issues is likely to produce the kind of...

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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