Establishment

The new Sopranos

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The Telegraph re-published a Clive James piece on the Sopranos from 2004, and the one thing in it that stood out for me was this: The wise guys work their Thing by intimidating each other from the top of the hierarchy down, and maintain the cash-flow of their Thing by intimidating everybody else. When the […]

Brexit

Matthew Parris is clueless about paternalism

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Following on from yesterday’s post about Matthew Parris and his recent MPs-should-ignore-the-people Spectator article, you’ll notice, I trust, that Parris’s whole way of talking is more suitable to a member of a hereditary ruling class than an elected democratic representative. He quotes, as an example of the more traditional Conservative mindset to which he subscribes, […]

Establishment

The establishment and the nerds have joined forces

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That’s one of the things that’s changed recently. The establishment, by which I mean both the old aristocracy and the newer University-educated class of journalists, lawyers, broadcasters, public servants, ‘creative’ media types, etc., have joined forces with the nerds, that is,  likes of Mark Zuckerberg, the Twitter creeps, and countless lower-level techies. They’ve united to […]

Brexit

They’ll have to drag May out by her fingernails

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Last month I said this about any possible Tory confidence vote in Theresa May’s leadership: In times past a leader would be expected to resign if the confidence vote did not result in an overwhelming victory, but given the Brexit situation, and the way May has clung on to the leadership no matter how bad […]

Cricket

The new establishment: using language to cover up inconvenient truths, just like the old establishment did

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There’s a story up on Cricinfo — the biggest cricket site in the world — at the moment about why Sri Lanka’s captain getting caught ball-tampering is not the big deal like the three Australian players who got caught ball-tampering recently. I wasn’t that interested in Cricinfo’s list of reasons why, because putting sweet, sticky […]

Commies

The biggest enemy agent of them all

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Philby. Burgess. Maclean. Anthony Blunt. George Blake. John Cairncross. Goronwy Rees. Edith Tudor-Hart. Arthur Wynn. David Floyd. Percy Glading. Bob Stewart. John Symonds. Dave Springhall. Have we uncovered all the British Communist spies and traitors? Hardly. The biggest one of all still operates, sometimes called out, but never disciplined, and now brazenly out in the […]