Category Archives: British politics

Against Eric Hobsbawm

It is a dangerous thing to disagree with Steven Poole, but I think his defence of Hobsbawm’s Stalinist account of Eastern European history is just plain wrong. Hobsbawm wrote, in a lecture for Amnesty, Since the life-and-death struggle of the … Continue reading

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Robert Harris’s “Ghost”

I read this last night in one gulp, which shows the essential virtue of his writing. The story, for American readers, concerns Adam Lang, a Labour ex-prime minister who is holed up in Martha’s Vineyard with his wife and dwindling … Continue reading

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The FT is very gloomy

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Surveillance: wtf?

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Sell all your bank shares

A terrifying glimpse into the US mortgage market, via Rafe Coburn, from which it emerges that until about six months ago, you could borrow enough to buy a house valued at a million dollars on a household income of less … Continue reading

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More on “The Islamist”

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Blair’s real legacy

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A very brief thought

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Mechanical mindlesness.

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a meeting of mindlessness

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