From the daily archives:

Friday, February 21, 2014

The A-Z of World Politics #O: Oregon

February 21, 2014

We have reached the letter O in our A-Z of world politics. There is of course only one country beginning with O, Oman. There might have been a post in the impact of the Arab Spring there (put down with some lethal force and questionable arrests but not quite to the same extent as Bahrain) […]

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Blair and Brookes and Murdoch: the final disgrace

February 21, 2014

This is what would happen – I’d sit down and say, ‘Mr Bair, come on – what were you doing assisting Rupert Murdoch, a man who is so regressive in his political outlook and so morally bankrupt in his attitude towards society?’ And Blair would fix me that uncomfortable half-smile he gives, and say, ‘well […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2014: Inside Llewyn Davis

February 21, 2014

The Coen Brothers used to be the kings of cult indie quirk, with films like Miller’s Crossing, Fargo and The Big Lebowski (a crown that I think has now passed to Wes Anderson), they have over the course of the last few years, since 2007’s modern western, No Country For Old Men developed a more […]

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Scottish Independence #1: the EU and Constitutional Conundrums

February 21, 2014

The debate over the last week or so about Scottish independence has been pretty unedifying.  Simplistic arguments, political blackmail and half arsed responses have typified the debate on perhaps the most important constitutional question the country has faced since Irish independence in 1922 (and, on any view, since the European Communities Act of 1972). Scottish independence […]

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