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Dante's Divine Comedy; William Blake, 1757-1827 Britain Culture wars 

Female empowerment? No, just feminist revenge porn

The multi-talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is both writer and star of the hit TV series Fleabag, also developed and now produces the much-lauded TV drama Killing Eve, the second series of which is due to start next month. Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show at the weekend, Waller-Bridge was asked if she felt Killing Eve had escaped censure for being too violent because it was by and about women. She replied that, although it was important for viewers to be shown violence against women, people were “slightly exhausted” by…

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cox Britain 

Mrs May’s Chamberlain moment

This morning, Theresa May was reported to be talking up as a breakthrough the concessions she has obtained from the EU on the Irish backstop, saying MPs should therefore vote tonight for her Brexit withdrawal deal. At time of writing, she is expected shortly to address parliament. The UK’s requirement was that it should never find itself bound by the backstop with no means of escape unless the EU gives it permission – which by definition, in the event of a breakdown in the future negotiations over the UK/EU relationship,…

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antisemitism Britain Culture wars USA 

How antisemitism became unleashed in the west

Why is antisemitism now out of control in the west? Jew-hatred, alas, is always with us. The most we can expect is that it is kept down by unequivocal social disapproval. What causes it to explode into an uncontrolled epidemic is the weakening of that powerful social stigma. After the Holocaust, the enormity of that crime was such that antisemitism went underground. Any such expressions that did occur were regarded as the province of cranks on the fringes of society who were accordingly shunned. What tells you the Jews are…

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cox Britain 

Why Martin Howe’s advice should be rejected

Another week, another final-endgame-crunch-crisis-make-or-break-nailbiting-cliff-edge Brexit moment for Britain’s prime minister Theresa May. I fear more such moments are yet to come. As throughout this never-ending crisis, no-one knows what will happen by the end of the day let alone by March 29 when the UK is due to leave the EU regardless of whether or not the terms of its departure have been agreed with Brussels. What we can see is that even some of the so-called “hard” Brexiteers are having a distinct wobble. They seem to have been spooked…

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Brexit Britain 

Making the world perfect always ends badly

A few days ago, two women appeared on TV to announce that they had decided never to have any children because they were terrified that the planet was being laid waste by climate change. The natural world was being wiped out, they said. So how could they possibly give birth to children who would have no future? Some 90 women have now joined this “birth strike” campaign. Leave to one side whether these poor women have been terrified out of their wits by a theory that is without foundation. Reacting…

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Labour party antisemitism Britain Culture wars 

Why the Labour party cannot deal with its antisemitism

There can be no doubting the anguish felt by decent Labour party members over the terrible poison of antisemitism that has corrupted their cause. As Harold Wilson said in another era, Labour is a moral crusade or it is nothing. After the departure from the party of nine MPs, wholly or in part over the failure to deal with its antisemitism, deputy leader Tom Watson warned of a crisis over its soul. Those who, like Watson, are appalled but are staying put say they are fighting to rescue the party….

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no-deal Britain 

New episode in cliff-hanger, Stuffing the British over Brexit

There’s been much sound and fury over the latest twist in the tortuous and unbearable cliff-hanger, Stuffing the British People over Brexit, and no wonder. Theresa May yesterday performed a volte face by agreeing that, in the event of Parliament voting against her “renegotiated” withdrawal deal that she will put to the Commons by March 12, MPs will then be able to vote on whether they agree to the UK leaving with no deal and that this will not happen without their consent. If the Commons duly votes against no-deal,…

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clownfish Britain Culture wars 

Ruthless cultural engineering in schools – by a Conservative government

A petition signed by more than 100,000 parents forced a Commons debate yesterday on the revised sex and relationships curriculum that will be compulsory in schools from September next year. As part of the changes outlined in new statutory guidance, primary school children will be taught to respect different types of families, relationships and sexual identities, including same-sex relationships and trans-gender. At secondary school, sex education will include lessons on female genital mutilation (FGM), sexting, online grooming, domestic violence and forced marriage as well as gay and transgender relationships. The…

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Brexit Britain 

The real symmetry of extremism now threatening British politics

Both Theresa May’s government and the Labour Party leadership are now being threatened with a haemorrhage of their MPs. Both groups poised to revolt are posing as the beleaguered custodians of the centre ground which has been taken over by extremists in both parties. Seriously? Let’s boil down to essentials just what they’re all saying. The Times (£) reports: “About 100 members of the Brexit Delivery Group, which comprises Remain and Leave Tory MPs, warned the chief whip Julian Smith in a letter that they were prepared to force the…

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murder Britain 

An odious political symmetry

We are being led to believe that a fearful political symmetry is developing which has to be avoided at all costs, exemplified by the seven MPs who resigned the Labour whip on Monday. The seven MPs – Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker, and Ann Coffey — said they were resigning the Labour whip to sit as independent MPs in protest at two issues: that the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is facilitating Brexit rather than pressing for the second referendum that they want to…

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