Mark Griffith; Retail is Detail

2nd August 2016 2

One of the shabby charms of the post-communist East Bloc in the 1990s was the slapdash enthusiasm with which citizens of the newly freed ex-Soviet satellites took to private enterprise. In Russia itself, violent business oligarchs from a class of communist apparatchiks with secret-police connections grabbed the limelight, helping a few of state socialism’s bureaucrat-criminals become startlingly wealthy. However, Russia’s … [Read on]

This Love Will Tear Us Apart – How the EU Resurrected Nazism

27th July 2016 3

Today, a left-wing friend remembered me saying something six years ago. That I’d warned him the European Union was reviving xenophobic nationalism across the Continent. I had, my leftie friend said thoughtfully, called that one correctly. Along with other better-qualified people like Bernard Connolly, I was already prophesying this back in the 1990s. I recall late in that decade struggling … [Read on]

Brexit. Those charming continentals and their Imperial Dreams

27th June 2016 1

At a recent dinner party in Budapest I heard an anecdote offered by a charming and sophisticated Continental man. Not a Hungarian, he had just that day been approached in a metro station here by a British holidaymaker asking how to buy a transport ticket. The charming and sophisticated European (of noble blood forsooth) asked how this fellow would vote … [Read on]

Mark Griffith; Brexit through the looking glass

1st June 2016 3

Europe’s former communist zone in the east can feel a bit like the mirror in Lewis Carroll’s second Alice story. Russians will tell you with completely straight faces that they need to militarily defend their country from neighbours like Estonia, (half the size of Iceland). Hungarians say “Hello” to mean “goodbye”, peel bananas from the other end and hold bouquets … [Read on]

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