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Are we all Thatcherites now?

BBC political editor Nick Robinson writes to argue that prime minister David Cameron’s statement on Radio 4 “in a sense we are all Thatcherites now” is not the offensively partisan political point many take it to be. Oh yes it is. Margaret Thatcher did not forge a new political consensus. The crisis of European social democracy […]

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Who shall not weep for the Blessed Margaret?

Oh, very well then… Those who do not suffer political bullshit lightly had best unplug the radio and television for the next few weeks, for the news and current affairs programmes will most likely be unbearable. Any self-respecting obituary writer looks at the dark as well as light in their subjects, yet with individuals such […]

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Relatively humble

Margaret Thatcher’s notastatefuneral has been described by the Dean of that English Baroque masterpiece known as St Paul’s Cathedral in London as “relatively humble”. Following a “simple” church service, in contrast to the “pomp and ceremony” of the preceding procession of the coffin, family and friends of the greatest prime minister since Winston Churchill will […]

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Ding dong, a very English farce

Hopefully this will not only go viral, it will turn into a national epidemic by the time of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral next week. I can see protestors lining the streets, singing this delightful ditty from the Wizard of Oz… Under normal circumstances I would be indifferent to such puerile displays, but, as my scholarly friend […]

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A nation mourns … and breathes a sigh of relief

Talk of “tramping the dirt down”, in the context of Margaret Thatcher’s death, is considered bad taste, but that hasn’t stopped joyful celebration up and down the land. There are reports of riotous street parties last night in Brixton, Bristol and Glasgow, with a number of police officers attacked and injured. I am not sure […]

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Here’s Jimmy!

News of national treasure and tireless millionaire philanthropist / notorious paedophile and serial sex offender Sir Jimmy Saville OBE has pretty much swamped the PR generated triumph of the Tory party conference. Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher would be turning in her grave, were she yet lying in it. But what to say about the […]

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In defence of a flawed idea

The great and the good of the UK higher education establishment have today taken up rhetorical arms against a philistine government they accuse of abandoning the ideas of the Enlightenment. Their battle hymn, “In Defence of Public Higher Education”, is replete with nice words about the intellectual and cultural value of learning, but in attacking […]

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Blair’s integrationist folly

If Tony Blair wishes to contribute to the current public debate around multiculturalism and religious identity in Britain, then good. I welcome his input, and find much with which to agree in his recent article in the Wall Street Journal. But in that piece the former prime minister displays an ignorance of history and current […]

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Dogsville UK

“Oh land of my fathers,ancient Celtic warrior race,how are your tomatoes doing?” The British general election campaign is underway, even though we have yet to be given a date for the poll. Prime minister Gordon Brown has set the ball rolling with a somnolent speech designed to appeal to Middel Ingeland. Labour will create “more […]

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Symbolic protests, cracked heads and lumpen loads

The photo above is of the Kingsnorth coal-fired power station, which is sited on the Hoo Peninsula separating the Thames and Medway estuaries in Kent. This is one of my own pictures, taken from a nature reserve and twitchers’ paradise near Rainham, with the wonderfully-named “Horrid Hill” in the middle ground. Readers in the British […]

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