Monthly Archives: September 2020

School for Scandal

Here we have yet another Old Etonian fucking us all up: https://www.ft.com/content/572cac01-008f-4f71-8800-ac1d838c1561?fbclid=IwAR27oPVt__xhUJGLuWJxz_t7umPqMs_Orr27tkBdVk4fc1BOnQfbtvqXYD8. – Nix, of course, was the boss of Cambridge Analytica, which was involved subvertly in the manipulation of votes in the Brexit referendum, and in the subsequent British … Continue reading

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True Marxists

Are Conservatives and Republicans aware of how essentially Marxist they are? Marx taught that the underlying dynamic of capitalism would eventually destroy it from within, even if it wasn’t opposed from without. In the meantime it would grow more and … Continue reading

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The Unseen Coup

Not mine, but I wish it were. I found this, originally by Mike Carter, posted on Facebook by my old friend Miriam Margolyes. Bang on. “The United Kingdom has fallen. There has been a right wing coup in this country… … Continue reading

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Democracy Under Threat

Do we need to give up on democracy? There’s no doubt that democracy as we have it in Britain and America these days is looking pretty threadbare. But then these might not be the ideal conditions for it.  In order … Continue reading

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Boris, the USA and Cecil Rhodes

Boris Johnson’s admiration for Trump is pretty well-known (see https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/sep/05/boris-johnson-is-fascinated-by-donald-trump-says-ex-diplomat-lord-darroch); and probably arises largely from his observation of how much Trump is able to get away with: his functioning political amorality, in other words. Johnson clearly doesn’t have a genuinely democratic bone … Continue reading

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The Swedish Way with Plague

We went into the city (Stockholm) last weekend – our first trip in for a month from virtual isolation on our island. (I say ‘our’ island, but of course only a bit of it is literally ours.) The ostensible reason … Continue reading

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Aussie Blowback

My new edition of The Lion’s Share, now in the press and due out on the 23rdof this month, has a chapter on the legacy of the Empire to Britain. That barely mentions Rupert Murdoch, who must be one of the … Continue reading

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The Palm Without The Dust

Eton College has furnished us (the British) with twenty prime ministers. Two of them have been pretty good, on the whole – Gladstone and the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury. Most of the rest have been rubbish.  One of the most … Continue reading

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Swedish Uncharisma

Too much can be made of ‘charisma’. Britain’s greatest peacetime Prime Minister – Clement Attlee – had none at all. Jeremy Corbyn, of course, was reckoned to be pretty deficient in this regard. That may have contributed to his defeat. … Continue reading

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