Author Archives: bernardporter2013

Don’t Mention the Blacks

What did I tell you? Out comes Boris, using this ‘statue’ nonsense to entirely avoid the main issue raised by the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, and instead to attack what has been the Tories’ favourite target for years, the ‘Loony … Continue reading

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Imperial Statues

I can hardly contain my anger at these Leftists – or are they Right-wing agents provocateurs? – who are distracting attention away from the serious issues of the present day by directing their anger against statues of past ‘imperialists’ who are … Continue reading

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Rhodes Must Stay

As a long-established historian of British imperialism – not ‘Establishment’, I hope, and not an ‘imperial historian’, which could imply that I’m an imperialist– I’ve felt nagged over these last few days with the idea that I ought, out of … Continue reading

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Who Killed Olof Palme?

This has just gone up on the LRB Blog; a joint effort by Kajsa and me. I thought I might as well share it here. Well, that was a disappointment. For the last couple of weeks, Swedes have been waiting … Continue reading

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Marx as a Middle-Order Batsman

I’m a bit of a fan of ‘alternative’ history. There’s nothing wrong with that. All historians need to speculate about ‘what might have happened if’ history had turned out differently, in order to understand why what actually happened did. For me … Continue reading

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Mob Rule

There’s one powerful argument in favour of the forcible toppling of the 17th century merchant Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol yesterday: which is that he was a vile slave-trader who did not merit being memorialised in this way. I must … Continue reading

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The Crucifixion of Jeremy

I’m sorry, but I still hold a candle for Jeremy Corbyn. Here’s an excellent recent piece, penned by two journalists who certainly can’t be dismissed as ‘Corbynistas’, on the scurrilous campaign that was waged against him. https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/killing-jeremy-corbyn Of course he … Continue reading

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Brexit and Coronavirus

Of course we’re not at the end of it yet; but already it has to be accepted that Britain’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most incompetent and disastrous of any nation’s, resulting in many thousands of … Continue reading

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Top of the World, Ma!

I watched this press conference live on TV this morning. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-barnier-eu-uk-trade-talks-boris-johnson-latest-a9550691.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR23QXq17irrpYxc6gWIhusqE7_m6VzeOn8TJ055wwDs_AkkmSNZxB4rBSo#Echobox=1591356993. Barnier is listing all Johnson’s broken pledges to the EU over the last few months. Comparing him to our politicians – Boris and his pathetic Brexit trusties – made … Continue reading

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Short Cuts to My Thoughts

I get a number of these: emails from school students hoping – in effect – that I’ll write their essays for them. I imagine she’s contacted other historians too. Doesn’t it occur to them that we might have expressed our … Continue reading

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