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Why are political commentators so in love with bombing?
Politics / UK / World

Why are political commentators so in love with bombing?

On Thursday, President Donald Trump authorised a military strike on a Syrian government base, with the firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles from US naval boats in the Mediterranean Sea marking the official entry of the United States into yet another quite likely intractable war with a Middle Eastern state. The response of the American mainstream … Continue reading

Is Johnny Rotten a working class hero?
Culture / Politics / UK

Is Johnny Rotten a working class hero?

John Lydon, the once-rebellious ex-singer of the once-subversive punk band the Sex Pistols, appeared on the breakfast show Good Morning Britain on Monday. Lydon took the opportunity to inform Susanna Reid, Piers Morgan and the breakfast TV watchers of Britain of his opinions on Brexit, the “fantastic” Nigel Farage and the “political Sex Pistol” and … Continue reading

Man threatening to leave Scotland after second independence vote, “probably won’t”
Blog Roll / Politics / UK

Man threatening to leave Scotland after second independence vote, “probably won’t”

John Gallagher, an IT consultant from Livingston, has brazenly declared to his work colleagues that if Scotland goes independent he is “out of here pal!”. He made the empty promise shortly after Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, announced her commitment to a second Scottish Independence referendum following the UK’s vote to leave the EU … Continue reading

In praise of cats
Culture

In praise of cats

As I write this, my fifteen-year-old and somewhat curmudgeonly cat Marlon is perched comfortably on my lap, purring loudly and contentedly. Yet even in this moment of relative relaxation he retains an alert poise; I know that if I were to move too suddenly, or accidentally stroke him in a discomfiting way, he would be … Continue reading

*FAKE NEWS* Exultant masses rejoice at Blair’s political return
Blog Roll / Politics / UK

*FAKE NEWS* Exultant masses rejoice at Blair’s political return

Ordinary people from every corner of the country flocked to ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s comeback speech last Friday morning at Bloomberg in London. Though a diverse bunch, the gathered crowd were united in their fervent admiration for Blair’s inspiring political vision, as well as in their awe of the Blair government’s monumental and era-defining accomplishments. … Continue reading