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Whitehall Farce

If present-day American politics is scripted by Hollywood – see my last post – who’s responsible for our British stage show? My guess would be Brian Rix (hon. MA, Hull University), if he were still alive; a great comic actor … Continue reading

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Better than Hollywood

I’m an American politics addict. I stay up all night watching the presidential election results – for several nights during the first George W Bush one (all those ‘hanging chads’); try and catch the rallies – exhausting in Trump’s case; … Continue reading

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Incompetence and Evil

Two things we can say about the present UK government are that it is (a) incompetent, and (b) evil. Its level of incompetence is undeniable, as illustrated by the last (plagiarised) blog I posted. The evil may lie more in … Continue reading

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A List of Tory Inanities

I took this anonymous post from Facebook (with permission from Terence Francis). It’s very long – the government’s mis-steps are legion, after all – but cumulatively devastating. 1. Theresa May couldn’t agree a Withdrawal Agreement (WA) because – in news … Continue reading

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And it Gets Worse…

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Letting a Good Crisis Go to Waste

The thing about capitalism – well, one of the things, at any rate – is that it works in good times, or may seem to, but never in bad. In both the world wars of the twentieth century the British … Continue reading

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School for Scandal

Here we have yet another Old Etonian fucking us all up: https://www.ft.com/content/572cac01-008f-4f71-8800-ac1d838c1561?fbclid=IwAR27oPVt__xhUJGLuWJxz_t7umPqMs_Orr27tkBdVk4fc1BOnQfbtvqXYD8. – Nix, of course, was the boss of Cambridge Analytica, which was involved subvertly in the manipulation of votes in the Brexit referendum, and in the subsequent British … Continue reading

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True Marxists

Are Conservatives and Republicans aware of how essentially Marxist they are? Marx taught that the underlying dynamic of capitalism would eventually destroy it from within, even if it wasn’t opposed from without. In the meantime it would grow more and … Continue reading

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The Unseen Coup

Not mine, but I wish it were. I found this, originally by Mike Carter, posted on Facebook by my old friend Miriam Margolyes. Bang on. “The United Kingdom has fallen. There has been a right wing coup in this country… … Continue reading

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Democracy Under Threat

Do we need to give up on democracy? There’s no doubt that democracy as we have it in Britain and America these days is looking pretty threadbare. But then these might not be the ideal conditions for it.  In order … Continue reading

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