Living in an Orwellian Tyranny

Yesterday Nick Timothy, Theresa May's former aide, was accused of using an antisemitic slur in his article on Brexit. He co-authored a Telegraph report titled,  George Soros, the man who 'broke the Bank of England', backing secret plot to thwart Brexit. Not only did Timothy not criticise Soros as a Jew, he didn’t even refer to …

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Winston Churchill: Hero, Racist, and Imperialist

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” So said Oscar Wilde and so describes the life and legacy of Britain’s most famous and revered leader, Winston Churchill, a political giant who wore his racism and imperialism proudly. New Churchill movie: history or hagiography? In the wake of the release of the Hollywood biopic on …

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Britain Has a Delusional View of Itself on the Global Stage

A single stupid remark by a political leader can suddenly illuminate deep and destructive ignorance about important issues. This has happened to me twice recently, the first time during the confrontation between Britain and the EU about the status of Northern Ireland and the Irish border after Brexit. I saw prominent Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith …

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The Guardian’s Attempt to Save the White Helmets

Joseph Goebbels, whose name is synonymous with the ‘art’ of propaganda, once opined, “It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle.” Propaganda – the spreading of false or misleading information in order to further a political or ideological cause – …

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The Charge of the Light Brigade – Britain Goes Full Circle on Russophobia

The classic British anti-war film The Charge of the Light Brigade will be fifty years old next year. Who would have thought the crude Russophobia of the 1850s, which Tony Richardson expertly satirized, would be back in vogue half a century later? The idea history is cyclical and not linear is probably not disproved by …

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