Wednesday, 17 January 2018

All Out War, Tim Shipman

This is the definitive account of the Brexit referendum campaign and the events surrounding it.  It is a remarkable piece of journalism - Shipman, who is the political editor of the Sunday Times, seems to have spoken to everyone short of the Queen.  The book is highly detailed, and will no doubt be pored over for years to come by historians and political consultants.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Whither Brexit? - A response

Following my last blog post about Brexit, I received a lengthy response from a former civil servant which I'd like to reproduce in full (with edits to remove identifying personal details).

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The case of Bishop Bell

When Bishop George Bell of Chichester (served 1929-1958) was reported to have been a paedophile, it seemed all too familiar - a senior churchman exposed as an abuser.  We'd heard it all before.  Then, when a group of prominent lawyers and others formed to protest his cause, it felt like the establishment closing ranks yet again to protect one of their own.  But the story did not end there.

Whither Brexit?

Last week was the week that the hard Brexiters' luck finally ran out.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Two Tribes

Some interesting statistics from YouGov on the social and political views of Remain and Leave voters (see the links in this news story).

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sappho - Three Poems

Fragment 1 – A Prayer to Aphrodite

Louis XVI in the White House?

What is the driving force behind the alt-right?  The obvious answer is that the alt-right is the modern iteration of traditional American white supremacism.  The fact that these guys associate themselves with the symbols of the Confederacy and march with the KKK is something of a giveaway.