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2010: An apology.

    2010 will always be, for me, the year of apology, the year of humble pie,  the year I go it wrong.  Yes, I know: I get things wrong all the time – I’m a political journalist after all.  But this was different.  During the general election campaign in May, I suggested that in certain … Continue reading

2011: the End of Work.

  And so this is Christmas, and what have you done? Or so sang John Lennon, the 30th anniversary of whose death was commemorated this month.  Can it really be that long ago?.  Curiously, the music and image of the former Beatle doesn’t seem dated, even though he is a figure from digital prehistory.  Lennon died … Continue reading

Osborne’s Bullingdon Budget

  Prepare for a hot autumn, comrades: the class war starts here.  Labour have hoist the red flag over Westminster and are preparing bonfires for the Liberal Democrat “collaborators”.  This budget, they say, was  Bullingdon Man taking his “ideological” retribution against the state using the coalition as cover.  It will hit people on low and middle … Continue reading

Let’s have some capitalism for capitalists.

My Big Idea for 2010? Simple. Bring back capitalism. No, I’m serious. I may be a superannuated socialist who thinks the banks should be nationalised and has always supported the redistribution of wealth. But right now, we need a bit of capitalist rigour to sort out the mess left by the financial crisis. It’s time … Continue reading

Noughties: Decade of Delusion

Why do current affairs seem to order themselves into decades?Reviews of the year and the decade are really just a journalistic device for filling space during the winter holiday season. But somehow events conspire to arrange themselves accordingly. For it is impossible not to look at the last 10 years as a meaningful collision of events. … Continue reading

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