Something of the night about Brexit?

21st June 2019 17

Picture -Berlin 1924 In der Volksküche by Otto Nagel | It’s the 30th of January, 1933, somewhere in a nice suburb of Berlin. I know that the other ladies, sharing tea and cakes with me are voting for Ernst Thalman, the handsome leader of the German communists. I am voting for Hitler. This is because Thalman’s party, which I once … [Read on]

Gove the Inhaler

12th June 2019 4

One of my earliest memories is watching a TV series with my mother, noting her distaste at seeing young people furtively passing around fat looking cigarettes. She was a smoker herself but told me those were, ‘reefers,’ and not nice. Teenagers, the kind I longed to be, were obviously keen on them. When we weren’t watching trendy drug-taking we were … [Read on]

ANATHEMA – The Two Minute Hate

17th April 2019 12

‘The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in’. George Orwell 1984 Sir Roger Scruton – Two minute hate. Tommy Robinson – Double hate. Julian Assange – Triple hate. Israel Folau – Wonderful Rugby player, oh yes, Evangelical Christian aka – Three … [Read on]

A Dog’s Breakfast

11th March 2019 3

This article is in the paper and digital version of The Salisbury Review out today. In one of the cafés nearby the conversation was familiar: weariness with Brexit, a lack of real information because ‘all news is fake’, all politicians are liars and most are involved in a huge conspiracy organised by international capital. The escape from all that duplicity … [Read on]

On all fours to ignorance

11th March 2019 9

Social mores have changed radically recently. After being brought up on the residue of Victorian strictness in the 1960s, passing through the coarse freedom of the 1970s, I am now beached and stranded in a new age where I hardly know what to expect or what to say. The old heirachy of deference; policeman, vicar, teacher, parent, child has been … [Read on]

Stabbings: Silence of the Lambs

7th March 2019 6

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has called for a summit on knife crime, involving the leaders of all London’s thirty-two boroughs, senior police officers from seven of the forces most affected by violent crime, members of the criminal justice system and the NHS, to tackle knife crime. Last weekend in Manchester, Yousef Makki, 17, died after being stabbed, while in London, … [Read on]

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