Day: 21/11/2013

Does Bernard Ingham think insulting the north will win votes?


bernard ingham

Ah, Bernard Ingham, with your eyebrows to rival the one-time Archbishop of Eyebrow-bury Rowan Williams. Sadly, you haven’t his touch for understanding. Nor, really, do you have the political relevance of your fellow Thatcher bigwigs  like Lord Lawson and Lord Tebbit.

But that hasn’t stopped it, has it? No, you’re still there, still plugging away, still determined to kick down the north just as you did in office. Credit to you, on the one hand.

But on the other, go away.

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The Butler – A Review


the butler

The history of racial relations, particularly in the US, is coming to characterise the moment for me.

After Lincoln and Django Unchained at the beginning of the year, not to mention the re-election of Barack Obama last November, I have recently read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s excellent “Team of Rivals — the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”.

Which, as it turns out, is a good and well-informed mindset in which to see The Butler.

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