Author Archives: bernardporter2013

About bernardporter2013

Retired academic, author, historian.

I Need Women

I thought I’d finished with it for now; but I’m still having to work on ‘the book’, to get it ready for printing. Bloomsbury want a list of ‘high-profile’ historians they can send the proofs to in order to elicit … Continue reading

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Hastings Battles Back

Is this becoming the new face of Britain? https://inews.co.uk/news/rnli-lifeboat-blocked-protesters-opposed-rescuing-migrants-1328179 If so it is deeply shaming, especially after the terrible tragedy last week when 20-odd migrants – including children – drowned in the freezing waters of the English Channel: and in … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall

So this is how it ends – for the country of my birth, though not of my allegiance any more.  A proud history in some ways, a shameful one in others, but ‘distinguished’ in either case; sinking into sheer corruption … Continue reading

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Bye-Bye Book

So that’s done. ‘The book’ completed, given very flattering reviews by the publisher’s (anonymous) readers, all their suggestions incorporated into the text, and ready to be despatched to Bloomsbury on Monday.  Which is a month before their deadline. Next step: … Continue reading

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Britain’s ‘Free’ Press

Speaking of ‘corruption’, can anyone think of a more suitable word to describe the present state of Britain’s national press? ‘Free’ it is supposed to be; but it appears only 33rd in global ‘free press’ rankings, behind the Czech Republic … Continue reading

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Corruption on High Table

At Prime Minister’s Question Time yesterday Boris Johnson repeated his claim that Britain was not a ‘corrupt’ country, but on the contrary one of the least corrupt in the world. As I posted last Friday, that got me thinking about … Continue reading

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A Preface

Busy re-writing just now, so little time for blogging. I’ll get back to that soon. In the meantime I thought I’d post this: my (draft only) Preface to the book. Just a taster. PREFACE First, and to clear up any … Continue reading

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Corruption

‘I genuinely believe that the UK is not remotely a corrupt country, nor do I believe that our institutions are corrupt.’ That was an extraordinary statement for Britain’s prime minister to make on Wednesday; not so much because it’s untrue … Continue reading

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Back Again?

After weeks of being confronted only by the ‘White Screen of Death’ whenever I try to post a new blog, and being ripped off by shops offering ‘Laptop Repairs’ but then f*cking the thing up even worse when I take … Continue reading

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Depression and Politics

I’m convinced that my depression – of which I’m deeply ashamed, as my generation was expected to be: ‘pull yourself together, man!’ – is mainly due to some chemical imbalance in my brain, for which I’m taking tablets. (‘Fluoxetin’. I’m … Continue reading

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