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‘Oo let ’em in?’

I’ve written about our appalling Home Office, with reference to its attitude towards and treatment of immigrants, before: https://bernardjporter.com/2018/05/31/our-unhomely-office/. Here’s a well-researched, insightful and deeply shocking piece about it in today’s Guardian. A long read, but worth the effort. – … Continue reading

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Déjà Vu

I read somewhere that Robert Schumann, recovering from madness, suddenly found he could write music again, and so got down to his piano, completing a couple of new pieces. His wife and admirers were chuffed at the thought of the … Continue reading

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Hartlepool

The town that hanged a monkey thinking it was a French spy! So not surprising, perhaps, that it voted Conservative yesterday. At least they can’t blame it on Corbyn, I thought, but I see that some commentators are. Why can’t … Continue reading

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Cleverclogs

We need to accept this: that the Right are cleverer than we are. By the ‘Right’, I don’t mean those who voted for Brexit and Johnson necessarily, but those who so successfully manipulated them. And I’m not sure that they really are … Continue reading

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Ind Imp

This is supposed to be a picture of Boris’s and Carrie’s controversial £50,000 refurbishment of the Prime Minister’s flat. It may not be – apparently it’s simply from their chosen decorator’s catalogue. But if it were, what a wonderful illustration … Continue reading

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Floreat Etona

I don’t usually blame schools for their products. If I did I’d have to berate my own alma mater for producing David Irving, the Holocaust denier; although he was there a few years before me, and so couldn’t have been taught … Continue reading

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Culture Wars

As a card-carrying Leftie, I’m a little unnerved by the times I get irritated by opinions of other card-carrying Lefties that irritate card-carrying Rightists too. One example is the ‘statue’ thing of a few months ago, which I blogged about … Continue reading

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Get It Done

If it was Demonic Cummings who invented that last election slogan, ‘Get Brexit Done’, for his former buddy Boris, it was a brilliant wheeze. There seems to have been a simple calculation behind it. Most people aren’t worried about policies … Continue reading

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Recycling

Leaving off ‘the book’ for a while. I’ve written most of it in draft, and at amazing speed, but am unhappy with it. That’s partly because I thought I could finish it by recycling a chapter from my about-to-be-published Britain Before … Continue reading

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The German Vaccine

We’ve just had our first ‘jabs’. We had to wait for them longer than we would have done in the UK, but English friends are congratulating us for having been given the Pfizer vaccine, rather than the Astra-Zeneca. I understand … Continue reading

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