Author Archives: bernardporter2013

Svensk

So I’m a Swedish citizen. It says so. Back in the good old EU again. F*ck you, Farage! Maybe now that worried look and the bags under my eyes will disappear.

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National Independence and Cecil Rhodes

National independence, at least in modern times, is a myth – an illusion, a chimera, a lie, a Trumpism. Every country is dependent on others, including even ‘superpowers’, which depend on others being subservient to them. Imperial Britain depended on … Continue reading

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Assange’s Extradition(s)

An excellent piece here by the redoubtable ex-diplomat Craig Murray. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/06/a-swedish-court-injects-some-sense/?fbclid=IwAR3x9OgvOukAPdQkfqYJ4933_1wD0NQ9sfLlRg8sNpj-QKAgJ6gpK5EoNWE. It looks as though Sweden has finally come to her senses and abandoned the effort to extradite Assange on the very flimsy ‘rape’ charges laid against him (by his … Continue reading

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Madman, Psychopath, or Machiavel?

Trump has a funny way with crowds. At his press conference today he claimed that there were thousands in London cheering for him, waving American flags, and only a small ‘rentacrowd’ of protestors. Reports of large numbers of the latter, … Continue reading

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The History Behind Brexit

Nigel Farage hasn’t yet published a British history book, or is likely to, I imagine; but at least two of his fellow Brexiteers have. There was Boris Johnson’s recent tome on Churchill, and another one due shortly, I understand, on … Continue reading

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Basil Fawlty in London

I’m not sure why John Cleese believes that London is ‘not really an English city any more’. Most people assumed he was being (surprisingly) racist, and was referring to the brown faces one sees and the foreign lingoes one hears all over … Continue reading

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Brexit and Nostalgia

Michel Barnier, who is something big in Europe, has long impressed me; at least on TV. I wish we in the UK had politicians like him. But his widely reported observation yesterday that (in effect) we Brits were against Europe … Continue reading

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Miliband Redux?

I was always a supporter of  Ed Miliband, as I told him when Kajsa and I met him at the LRB Christmas party a few years ago. He was of course monstered by the vile Right-wing press, as are all … Continue reading

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‘You’re a Nasty Piece of Work, Aren’t You?’

The news that Boris Johnson is going to have to appear in a court of law to defend himself against the serious charge – brought by a member of the public – of ‘misconduct in public office’, is cheering. It … Continue reading

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The Euro-Election (in Britain)

Well, that’s it, then; all done and dusted – at least for the time being. In Europe as a whole (certainly in Sweden) people seem to be relieved that the Far Right Populists didn’t do better than they did. In … Continue reading

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