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History of Our Times

Constantly infuriated, as any professional historian must be, by the distortions of history uttered by the Brexiteers, I’ve been thinking that I as a serious historian ought to write something that will put the record straight – or straighter, at … Continue reading

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A Historical Parallel

Musing on possible historical precedents for our present political situation (in Britain)  – as any historian must, even those of us who don’t give much credence to ‘historical parallels’: we are what we are, after all, not what we were … Continue reading

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The Solution, Surely

Two interesting things in the British press today. Firstly Rory Stewart’s resignation from the Tory Party: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/04/rory-stewart-resigns-from-conservative-party. Stewart has impressed me for some time as one of the more thoughtful and reasonable sorts of Conservative, in the mould of those … Continue reading

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Fake Anti-Semitism (Again)

The truly dreadful right-wing journalist Toby Young, about whom I’ve written before (https://bernardjporter.com/2018/01/03/toby-young-journalist/), has just withdrawn a tweet in which he accused the ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond of ‘anti-semitism’, after Hammond threatened to sue him for libel. (See … Continue reading

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The Cad

There used to be a Public School word for people behaving like Boris Johnson, even if we discount for a moment – because he denies it – his alleged squeezing of the inner thighs of   female journalists. The word … Continue reading

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The Horse’s Mouth

Here we have it, from the horse’s mouth, no less: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-news-latest-brexit-philip-hammond-no-deal-radicals-a9124186.html. You can’t get much more horsey than the man who was Tory Chancellor of the Exchequer just a few weeks ago. The ‘no deal’ Brexit movement is being financed … Continue reading

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Natural Break

Back in Hull to find a burst pipe has flooded much of my house, so I’m rather taken up with that just now. Blogging will have to wait. Has anything happened in the meantime? Are the two straw-tops still President … Continue reading

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History in the Making

Be under no illusion: today’s Supreme Court judgment is one of the most important in the long history of our Parliamentary system, and in reasserting the supreme power of representative democracy. (I write that as someone schooled in British Constitutional … Continue reading

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More Eton Mess

What interests me about this interview with the headmaster 0f Eton, published in the Guardian yesterday (https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/sep/23/head-of-eton-hits-back-at-labour-plans-to-abolish-private-schools), is that he seems to have disowned the school’s best-known – or most notorious – recent alumni entirely. Eton used to take pride in the … Continue reading

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Corbyn And Brexit: OK So Far.

I am of course delighted that the Labour Conference has backed Jeremy Corbyn’s eminently sensible strategy; and hopefully an election-winning one, if the Press’s incredible distortions – including even the Guardian‘s – don’t stymie him. (See https://bernardjporter.com/2019/09/22/learning-from-wilson/.) It will give … Continue reading

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