Monthly Archives: June 2022

The Boris-Bone

All the political commentary in Britain these days seems to revolve around Johnson: his character and personality, his morality, his sexual philanderings, his egregious errors in government, his standing with the Tory Party, and his electability. All these things are … Continue reading

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Dutch Cricket

Here’s another oldie – https://bernardjporter.com/2019/06/20/7789/ – disinterred in the light of the current one-day series between England and the Netherlands, played in the Netherlands, and before crowds of several thousands. And it wasn’t just any old rubbish, so far as … Continue reading

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Old Colleagues

I remember feeling a little discomfited by this episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, in which a German spy was unmasked by making the mistake of thinking that the University of Hull was on the same prestigious level as Oxford and … Continue reading

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Publication Day – Sort Of

My new book is being published today, but as an e-book only (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/britains-contested-history-9781350296404/). Publication in proper paper-and-print form – the only one I recognise – will not be until Thursday 14 July. I don’t know why they do it that … Continue reading

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Patriotic Shame

Of course the stuff that comes up for me on Facebook is the sort of stuff I’m likely to agree with. I imagine Facebook’s algorithm wizards see to that.  I’ve not dared to stray far from their selections, and go … Continue reading

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More of the Same

This bloke again. I’ve just discovered him. He’s really good. (OK. Overstates his case. But still…) https://eand.co/the-question-of-escaping-a-collapsing-america-86a905f9142a

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Social vs. Liberal Democracy

This guy’s a serious thinker, with a broad view. Mainly USA, but recommended for its analysis of the British situation too; since we abandoned ‘social democracy’ – the great project of Attlee and Wilson – for ‘liberal democracy’ – Thatcher … Continue reading

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Patriotism

Ain’t dat de trut’? And ain’t it a shame (for me) that my new book – Britain’s Contested History. Lessons for Patriots: bang on the topic, as the subtitle hints – isn’t quite out yet to illustrate and amplify the … Continue reading

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Jubilee Thoughts from Sweden

Yes, Swedish TV did report the Jubilee celebrations the other night, cheering patriots and all; and with a reprise of the original coronation of seventy years ago – golden carriage, golden crown, golden everything. OK, so we Brits do this … Continue reading

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Pounds, Ounces and Nostalgia

I’m trying to interest newspapers in short articles to whet the appetite for my new book when it comes out next month. I’m told they should ideally be hooked on to news items of the day. So here’s one I’ve … Continue reading

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