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Welcome Back, America

Well, what a relief! We celebrated last night with a bottle of champagne. It wasn’t quite the delirious occasion that Obama’s first victory was (I was in Kentucky then); but that turned out to be a little disappointing in the … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Nightmare

As an election junkie based in Sweden I’m following proceedings day and night; this time on my laptop via CNN. I have to say their reporting and analysis are superb – when they allow the reporters and analysts on. The only … Continue reading

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The War of the Worlds

HG Wells is mainly famous as a writer of science fiction, but his novels on domestic subjects, although rather more tied to their period (the early 1900s), are worth reading still. He wrote of course as a Socialist, of the … Continue reading

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Plots and Paranoia

I’ve been criticised – not here, but on Facebook – for asserting that the past, and still current, controversy over ‘anti-semitism’ in the Labour Party risks making the problem, such as it is, worse. In other words, Labour members and … Continue reading

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Starmer Wields the Whip

What to say?  It was so unnecessary, wasn’t it – to suspend Jeremy Corbyn from the Party for nothing worse than claiming that the ‘Labour antisemitism’ issue – genuine or not: and Corbyn never claimed that there wasn’t an issue – … Continue reading

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Alternatives

With no more proper historical work on hand or even on the horizon for me just now – apart from proof-reading my latest and almost certainly my last book, which is only a re-hash of old essays after all – … Continue reading

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Borat 2

We watched it the other day on Amazon Prime. It was as toe-curling as they warned us, and quite disgusting (sorry, but I’ve never much gone for the sight of menstrual blood); but horribly funny and brilliant. The Rudy scene … Continue reading

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US and us

That the upcoming American Presidential election is the most important for many generations hardly needs saying; determining as it may well do which of the two major trends in American history until now – the liberal-progressive (in the old European … Continue reading

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Parking Capitalists

OK, we all hate parking attendants. But Sweden has some of the worst. We parked outside a Co-op store in Enskede yesterday, in a bay that was marked as free for an hour’s parking; were away – shopping – for … Continue reading

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The Consolation of Failure

From what I can gather from over here in the land of snow and ice – we had our first flurry of sleet this morning – Boris may be heading for a fall quite soon, with his craven incompetence plain … Continue reading

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