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Election 2015: the horror

  • May 08, 2015
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I didn’t stay up to watch the nightmare unfold last night.     The exit polls filled me with such shock, outrage, and disgust that I knew my blood pressure wouldn’t be able to cope with it.   After eleven o’clock there was no way I was going to spend any more time in the company of Michael Gove and Andrew Neil and the endlessly cheery and upbeat BBC journalists with their gimmicky nausea-inducing BBC graphics showing the House of Commons filled with virtual reality politicians.

I have never been impressed by Miliband either before...

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...

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...

The resistible rise of Katie Hopkins

  • April 19, 2015
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Ok, I know I shouldn’t write about Katie Hopkins.   I am aware that she is a self-seeking toxic sociopath who feeds on toxicity and says hateful things in order to get people to talk about her.     Her motives for doing this are so painfully transparent they hardly bear scrutiny: she wants to...

Election 2015: Reinventing ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

  • April 13, 2015
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Last weekend Ian Birrell, the former deputy editor of the Independent and speechwriter for David Cameron suggested that Lord Snooty needs to show compassion in order to invigorate a Tory election campaign that he rightly describes as ‘narrow, repressed and uninspiring.’   I am sure there are many readers – and I was certainly one...

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