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For the last two weekends I've almost given up my usual Friday social whirl. Why, you ask? Simply because I've been seduced and beguiled by the BBC's adaptation of Ford Maddox Ford's novel Parade's End. It's brilliant television, with an excellent cast and a hugely impressive script by Tom Stoppard, all the more impressive given the complexity of the novel (actually its four novels in one).
My engagements were too pressing to forgo, so thank the gods for the BBC iPlayer catch-up service, knowing that the show was there waiting for me to savour at my own leisure. And how I savoured... (more)
I’ve been giving serious attention recently to the problem of modern anti-Semitism. In tracing the beast into the heart of the labyrinth I bought The New Anti-Semitism by Phyllis Chessler and Israel and the European Left: Between Solidarity and Delegitimization by Colin Shindler. I’ve yet to read these books, though skimming has given me a ‘feel’ for both. The first is a lively polemic, the second a little more scholarly and detached. Both touch on the new form of the chimera, its latest metamorphosis – that of left-wing Jew hatred.
Actually it’s not new at all. It’s much older... (more)
The murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi called to mind one of my previous BrooWaha articles on Libya (Making war on the Dead, March 14, 2012). I never believed in the fake promise of the Arab Spring. Let me be even more frank: these people are incapable of freedom. They are immersed, they will always be immersed, in darkness, hysteria and fanaticism. Let me remind you of some of my previous words:
Why, oh why, I continually ask myself, did the West ever get involved in wretched palaces like Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya?Why did we not just leave the people in these dreadful... (more)
Dedicated to the memory of the victims of 9/11, the martyred children of the earth.
We all have our favourite monsters from childhood. One of mine was Captain Hook from J. M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan. It was a tingly delight to see him brought to life by Dustin Hoffman in the movie Hook. My, look, see that big iron hook in place of his missing hand; that was the stuff of nightmares. Wake up! Monsters don’t exist; they are all in the imagination.
Oh, no, they are not, I retort in my best pantomime style. Childhood fears give way to adult realities. Monsters do exist. They... (more)
Do you have your copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to hand? If you do, please have a look through, just to refresh your memory over the various techniques the nefarious Jews plan to use on their path to world domination. If you don’t, or if you are unfamiliar with this seminal text, let me act as your guide on the essentials.
It’s all there – religion undermined, morals subverted, race and class hatred promoted, banking and credit as a weapon of economic control, the press as a weapon of psychological control; on and on, until civilization itself is destroyed and those elders... (more)
Perhaps you’ve visited Salem in Massachusetts. If not, you may have been to Pendle in the English county of Lancashire, another northern community. Salem is well-known, Pendle less so, but both have a common link: they were the location of notorious seventeenth century witch hunts.
Now, of course, it’s all good fun, an opportunity for witch tourism. In Salem one can enjoy the Haunted Happenings; in Lancashire it’s possible to ride every Witch Way. Both places have recreated the trials of the accused for visitors, interesting, educational and diverting.
It’s all past; it’s... (more)
How are the mighty fallen in the midst of battle…and buried under council car parks. This, according to recent speculation, was the fate of Richard III, England’s last Plantagenet king, killed at the Battle of Bosworth in August, 1485. Now archaeologists working in Leicester in the centre of the country say that they may be close to finding his remains, under the said municipal car park.
Actually what they are really saying is that they may have found part of a Franciscan foundation known as Greyfriars – dissolved and destroyed during the Reformation - , where the monarch may have... (more)
Yesterday, upon the stair,I met a man who wasn’t thereHe wasn’t there again todayI wish, I wish he’d go away...
Lots of you will recognise these words, the opening verse of William Hughes Mearns’ 1899 poem Antigonish, also known as The Little Man Who Wasn’t There. I’ve had occasion to use it previous articles, most recently in a piece on my blog about David Cameron, the British Prime Minister.
It immediately came to mind again on Friday, when I watched a recording of Clint Eastwood addressing an empty chair at the Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida. The empty chair, as you... (more)
It was Hannah Arendt who coined the phrase ‘the banality of evil’ in reference Adolf Eichmann, a cog in the machine of the Holocaust. It’s rather a pity in a way because it really should have been invented specifically to describe Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer who killed seventy-seven people in a hate-filled rampage last July
Hate-filled; is that right? Actually I’m not quite sure, not quite sure that this man is capable of any authentic emotion, not quite sure if he is able to understand anything beyond his own shallow and narcissistic fantasies. He was sentenced... (more)
George Orwell is one of the true artists of English prose. Two of his pieces in particular, Why I Write and Politics and the English Language, essays on the uses and abuse of our common language, should be compulsory reading for all those in public life.
As a writer he has long been a favourite of mine, ever since I discovered him early in my school days. I’ve recently had cause to think specifically about his political commitments, his commitment to what he calls ‘democratic socialism.’
It seems to me that his choices are at variance with his deepest sympathies: he says he is... (more)