I went to an open mic shortly after the 2015 general election where one of the speakers – a man in his 60s – got up and started haranguing the audience with an anti-Tory rant that was interspersed with the (shouted) refrain of “FUCK YOU!!” every thirty seconds or so. This excruciating display seemed to … Continue reading The FUCK YOU!! Routine
Before we begin, take a quick look at this image: This hastily scribbled banner was left in the media section of a recent Donald Trump campaign rally in Florida. By some accounts hostility towards reporters at these often chaotic events has reached near hysterical levels. The hot-tempered atmosphere of boos and jeers has been stoked … Continue reading How To Blow A Dogwhistle
Look, I don’t like the bloody thing either. That, though, is why I’ve never put myself forward for a job where I’m expected, on occasion, to sing it. I’m a republican too: you won’t catch me volunteering to sing Her Majesty’s praises. I don’t really go in for the pomp and ceremony that gaudily rivets … Continue reading What Did You Expect?
In 2005 the great left-wing intellectual Fred Halliday published a typically rich and fascinating essay about what he termed “The Three Dustbin Theory of History”, which, he argued, “rests on the claim that, despite the receding of the Cold War, we remain, in key respects, prisoners of its legacy and will.” The last of Halliday’s … Continue reading From The Third Dustbin
As someone committed to seeing the Conservative Party removed from power, I have been watching the Labour leadership contest with a sense of mounting panic. Alongside the glaring lack of an outstanding mainstream candidate, there is the surreal rise of Jeremy Corbyn – morbid symptoms of a Party seemingly hell bent on oblivion. Since the … Continue reading The Left Will Eat Itself: An Observation
I’ve just finished watching the BBC documentary Meet the Ukippers. A few thoughts occurred to me. Try as I might, I find it difficult to greet Ukip with the same level of fear and loathing as many of my leftist friends, for whom the party are quite obviously tweed-wearing fascists. Mostly, I feel a bit … Continue reading Ukip If You Want To
The timid civilized world has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn The intelligentsia in an open society are influential in a way that is sometimes poorly understood. Fashionable opinion makers in a democracy are rarely Machiavellian movers and … Continue reading After Paris