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Forest and fen
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Forest and fen

For my wife’s birthday, we left the noise of the city, searching for the quiet of the countryside, to seek solace in the silence of nature.   Steve Latham   Walking, not exactly in wilderness – after all this is England, and we don’t really do ‘wild’ – we were […]

The socialism of fools
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The socialism of fools

In May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched an investigation into whether the Labour Party is institutionally anti-semitic. How has this happened?   Steve Latham   It might have been expected of the Conservative Party, with the long tradition of anti-Jewish prejudice expressed in jokes and sneers among the […]

Declinism and the decline of London
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Declinism and the decline of London

People are leaving London. Some for cheaper housing, others to escape the stress of city living; and the process is particularly marked for younger people.   Steve Latham   The creatives move to seaside towns like Margate, young families to the edgetowns for better accommodation. Older people are leaving too, […]

Poetry and politics
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Poetry and politics

When two books on the same topic hit the bookshops, there’s something happening. Franco Berardi and Srecko Horvat have both written books on poetry.   Steve Latham   But not really. The Italian and Croatian have produced meditations on the need for a poetic attitude to the closure of political […]

Transformations of Conservatism
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Transformations of Conservatism

In May, Lord Heseltine, a longterm senior member of the Conservative Party was suspended from the Party, because he supported the Liberal Democrats in the European Elections.   Steve Latham   He did this because he opposes the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union. But his comments at that […]