Monthly Archives: March 2023

Back of the Net!

Is this the beginning of the long-awaited and much hoped for (by the likes of me) liberal fight-back? For a few years now we’ve been terrified by the spectre of a British public opinion which is, au fond, xenophobic, racist, … Continue reading

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The Lineker Affair

What was it exactly that footballer Gary Lineker tweeted, leading the BBC to suspend him from ‘Match of the Day’? – Here it is: ‘This is just an immeasurably cruel policy directed at the most vulnerable people in language that … Continue reading

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Dinghies and Dog-Whistles

Are the British people really so stupid as to make stopping rubber dinghies full of refugees (or claiming-to-be refugees) coming from across the Channel, their chief concern? Rishi Sunak claims that this is their ‘main priority’; and so is his … Continue reading

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Historians and Empire

This was intended for a journal, which however hasn’t got back to me. Sorry about the length. You might think that as an ‘imperial historian’ I’d be itching to dive into the current debate over whether the British Empire was … Continue reading

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