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From King Arthur to Lord Toby Jug: in praise of the eccentric independent

11 April 2015

No election night is complete without a man dressed as King Arthur waving a plastic sword as the result is read out. Eccentricity is the bedrock of British democracy. The… Read more

NIGERIA-VOTE

Only capitalism can save Nigeria

31 January 2015

Abuja was eerily quiet when I arrived. The capital of Nigeria is normally bustling, but that morning the wide boulevards were empty. The red dust was undisturbed; the call to… Read more

Dreams

Return of the fairy-hunters

3 January 2015

If like me you get all your news from the Cornish Guardian, you may have spotted an article announcing that the Fairy Investigation Society is conducting a survey. They’re seeking… Read more

Raul-Paul

Rand Paul is like Nigel Farage – except he might win

1 November 2014

When America’s National Institutes of Heath said that it hadn’t cured Ebola yet because of budget cuts, Senator Rand Paul had an acidic answer. No, he told an audience of… Read more

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Brighton has become an object lesson in why it is a disaster to vote Green

18 October 2014

I have just moved back to Brighton, and I am happy to report that it remains as shambolic as ever. The estate agent said before opening the door to a… Read more

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, The

Blood oath

29 December 2012

The final instalment of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn: Part 2, premiered in Los Angeles last month, and the streets were thronged with its core audience of teenage girls and… Read more

Why is Romney courting the Tea Party? Because it’s more likeable than he is

1 September 2012

It wasn’t hard to tell the Republican establishment from the Tea Party activists at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. The different uniforms illustrated the unresolved tensions that… Read more

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Male order

31 March 2012

I suspect that, when men and women watch Mad Men, they see very different things. Women probably see a witty indictment of male patriarchy. I, on the other hand, see… Read more

Welcome home, Baby

29 January 2011

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former dictator of Haiti once known as Baby Doc, returned to his native land last week, looking wide-eyed and frail. He read a statement in which he… Read more

Ted Kennedy is no model for Obama

2 September 2009

Barack Obama’s moving eulogy for Ted Kennedy has invited comparisons between the two men. In the wave of Kennedy nostalgia that is sweeping the US, it is tempting to dub… Read more