Monthly Archives: March 2018

Giving Birth to Books

Finished my latest book – unlucky no. 13. It’s really just a collection of my old essays, reviews and even a blog or two, most of them previously published in other forms, with an attempt to fit them into a … Continue reading

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Salisbury and Russophobia

It looks pretty likely that the Russian government had a hand in the Salisbury atrocity. But why should Corbyn be excoriated for holding back from blaming Putin directly? In Parliament today the Tories seemed to be accusing him of treachery … Continue reading

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WHU RIP

I was on the side of the hooligans, I’m afraid, when they invaded the pitch during West Ham’s defeat at home vs Burnley, and chased the owners out of the directors’ box. One of the protesters’ banners says it all: … Continue reading

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Soon to be a Swenglishman

I applied for Swedish citizenship just after the Brexit vote. It’s taken them nearly two years to get round to me. I’m told it’s because there were so many applications from Brits dispossessed of their European identity by that vote, … Continue reading

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A Supermarket Trolley

I’m working on my latest book – another collection of old articles, mainly, but hopefully corralled into some kind of order. I’ve come almost to the end, and a new ‘Concluding’ chapter; at which point I thought I should look … Continue reading

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How Fake News Works.

Paul Mason is my favourite left-wing commentator. I met him at an ‘alternative’ conference to mark the anniversary of Magna Carta a couple of years ago. This – if you can get it up – is v.g.

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Källkritik

I’ve argued before that one way of tackling not only ‘fake news’, but also the other sorts of blatantly nonsensical thinking one finds in popular political discourse today, is to teach critical thinking, explicitly, in schools: https://bernardjporter.com/2016/10/23/logic-lessons/. Now Kajsa tells … Continue reading

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A Charade?

Here’s an interesting take on Brexit that I found on a ‘Brexpats’ thread on Facebook, by Hugh Croft. It has occurred to me, too, in the light of the current British government’s seemingly clueless Brexit negotiations over the past few … Continue reading

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