Brexit

A sorry would be nice

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So apparently there are all these Remainers who are now Brexiteers after they saw how the EU treated Theresa May. In reality the EU leaders are just taking her for an idiot like everyone in Britain has been doing, but this isn’t really the done thing in international diplomatic circles, and many British people are […]

Brexit

Theresa May’s theatre

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It’s hard to believe that a lot of Brexiteers, and Remainers as well, who have previously been critical of May, have been singing her praises since she made her speech. The speech was pure theatre. May puts on these little shows occasionally where she pretends to be tough and Thatcherite, and then goes out into […]

Culture

Is a country run by a lot of Laurie Pennys going to be a match for anything?

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard wonders whether, as Kishore Mahbubani, the “prophet of Eastern ascendancy and Singapore’s former UN ambassador” claims, the West’s era of dominance is over: Brace for a shattering shock. Westerners will discover within a generation that the fleeting 200-year era of Euro-American dominance is over.   “The Asians are coming back and the chemistry […]

Commies

Sound familiar?

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The killer of Trotsky, Ramon Mercader, refused to admit that he had been hired by Stalin to commit the murder: Even after his identity had been established fingerprints, he refused to admit who he was or why he had come to commit the murder. The official Stalinist version was that he was a disgruntled Trotskyite, […]

Brexit

A three-legged horse

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There’s no doubt that Tony Blair was always an amoral opportunist, but I think something snapped in him after the left protested so vehemently against the Iraq War. It’s like he said ‘If you won’t venerate me as a great statesman then screw you, I’ll make millions from despots who want to hear what I […]

Commies

The end of the left still seems a very long way away

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Remember when when the Berlin Wall fell, and then the USSR? Many right-wingers, and many non-political people, said this is the end of the left. Others, however, warned that leftists don’t stop being leftists, and plotting and agitating against freedom, just because they’re not currently in power or vogue, and that we were not rid […]

Guardianistas

How to be a Guardian tennis writer: 1) Check Billie Jean’s Twitter page. 2) That’s it.

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The Guardian gets the tennis world’s reaction to Serena Williams’ antics at the US Open 180 degrees arse-backwards, as usual: Tennis players past and present have rallied behind Serena Williams after she claimed the sport was riddled by sexism following an extraordinary on-court tirade at an umpire during the US Open women’s final. But the […]

Culture

The non-shed of the year

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From the Telegraph: Shed of the Year, a competition that has been running annually since 2007, ­attracted 2,971 entries this year, and from these the organisers selected 24 entrants, across eight categories, for the public vote. The categories were eco sheds, cabin and summerhouse sheds, workshop and studio sheds, budget sheds, historic sheds, pub and […]

Brexit

Don’t give her ideas

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Everyone keeps telling Theresa May not to make the same mistake with Brexit as with the last general election. They’re saying, don’t try to do everything your way with just you and a small cabal of advisors doing what you think fit, ignoring everyone else. Look how badly that turned out last time you did […]