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April, 2019

Magical Newton

August, 2017

Not the briar patch, Brer Trump!

March, 2017

A Serious Case of the DTs

January, 2017

The American Yeltsin
Sunlight Through Troubled Times
Beyond Zealots and Cold-War Warriors

December, 2016

A Vandal at the Gates of Rome

October, 2016

Are you conscious?

September, 2016

Brave New World?

August, 2016

Stop, for a moment.

July, 2016

Rupert's Coup

March, 2016

Between a Shill and a Hard Case

July, 2015

Swimming in a sea of sugar

June, 2015

Information Rich, Attention Poor
Nerds need to get out more ...

March, 2015

There is a homunculus at the end of the garden path

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Welcome Home
Determination, not dreams
Addicted to GDP
Irony?Karma? - take your pick

August, 2014

History? Whose story?
Marketing Ebola

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As above, so below

December, 2013

A time for tolerance

November, 2013

Thinking out of the xBox
The old ones are the best ones ...
Welcome to the Gulag

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A timely response to spying

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Obedience and the Machine
Ban the bible?
Fracticide - don't do it.

July, 2013

Serfing, USUK

June, 2013

Deafened by gossip

May, 2013

Who needs words...?

April, 2013

It must be true
Why would they stop?

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Beyond belief

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RBS: doing Fine, not Time
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Royal Promo
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Burning symbols

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Charles and Jimmy's little secret
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A journey through riotous times

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Caring for life
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June, 2012

A cynical ploy
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May, 2012

A crazy idea
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Sorry, Harry

April, 2012

Cracks in the Rear-View Mirror
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Corporate responsibility

March, 2012

Poppycock - without question
Who's pushing your buttons?
Investigate the Blair-Murdoch Conspiracy

February, 2012

In Praise of The Seven Liberal Arts
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When giving is taking
Giving it all away

November, 2011

Poking a hornets nest
Wealth of Nations poured away
Squeaky and the Paedophile Prince
Boiling frogs
Death of an industry
Change blindness
What a world ...

October, 2011

Pictures and words
Screeching to a halt.
Taxing noise

September, 2011

Hand over your money
Breeding psychopaths
Mr Fox, is the hen house safe?
A ludicrous Conspiracy Theory
Can you believe your eyes?
Getting eye contact
Partners in Crime

July, 2011

It was the Wettins 'wot won it'

May, 2011

Heir apparently

April, 2011

Putting Emergencies in Context
Underground networks travelling First Class

March, 2011

Be careful what you ask for
Water - a tale of two countries
Here we go again ...
Wake up!!!

February, 2011

The right stuff
Revolution! ... and yet, and yet.
Follow the money
Shh - don't tell the children
Does the MoD have a Cunning Plan?

January, 2011

Met Office caught in winter weather whitewash
Read between the lines
The new parable of Noah
Banking on People

November, 2010

Wettins don't say sorry
It's just not fair ...
Remember, remember ...

October, 2010

Kindness sees no crime
Pundits in the frame
Killer drones target the middle class
A tale of two Charlies

September, 2010

A failure to discriminate ...
Good Grief
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August, 2010

Size psycho-fancy
Baiting a Wikid Trap?

July, 2010

... at the gates of Rome
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June, 2010

Guilty - but not charged
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May, 2010

ConDemned to the Shock Doctor
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Death of Old Conker

April, 2010

Bankster at bay ...
Nuke Iceland?

March, 2010

It's how you say it ...
Bullying Manner
Quelle surprise!
Iceland - showing the way.

February, 2010

Small steps to a far place
Seeds of silence

January, 2010

So who needs people?
Late and censored
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December, 2009


October, 2009

Fools served by Zombies
BBC dogs that didn't bark ...

September, 2009

Taken Hostage

August, 2009

Have a good weekend ...
High Frequency Trading ...
Money money money
Fit for a politician

July, 2009

Inside clouds

June, 2009

Fond thoughts of Tony Blair ...
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aaah diddums
Zal may ...

April, 2009

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Sharks in the Shadows
Worlds Apart

January, 2009

Money Matters
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December, 2008

Home improvements
Get the Picture?

November, 2008

Barak - the movie

October, 2008

Won't get fooled again
Bankers, all of them!

September, 2008

And The Winner is ...
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A Financial 9/11
That's Lucky!
On this day

August, 2008

Mark My Words

July, 2008

The Management Myth
Sense Making Questions

June, 2008

Beware this Griffin
42 Day Folly
A Tortured Silence

May, 2008

A new Dawn needed
Is Justin Webb A Neo-Con?
The Puppy, the Mountain and the Fascists

April, 2008

Attention Pays

March, 2008

Fat Cats and Pork Pies
Fed up Darling?
Swearing - it's just not British!
Not everyone for Tennis?   8 July 2012

We British are not normally given to challenging authority - we are taught early on to 'know our place'! At the highest level that place is either on our knees or backing away from some royal personage to whom we are merely subjects.

On rare occasions we may gather together with a couple of million of our peers and march through the streets demonstrating against the latest illegal war. We may chant 'Not in our name!', but we get ignored, go home and carry on as usual. Tucking our resentment down deep we mutter that it's just not right.

While telling ourselves that we have a classless society, we fail to recognise that we face a different kind of serfdom. Our new masters bestride the world of corporate finance. They are the giants, we the little people.

We may believe that we hate cruel, greedy bankers like Bob Diamond but we leave it up to his powerful chums and their political poodles to 'deal' with him. (When it comes to rough deals, Diamond knows how to cut them.)

We know our place. Watching Diamond being interviewed by MPs on the Select Committee you could feel their resentment as he constantly addressed each one of them by their first names (just like that telesales person you want to get rid of).

But they could not voice their resentment. The best they could do was call him 'Mr. Diamond', as if that would teach him! All it did was reinforce the disparity - he was the boss calling them 'John' or 'Jeanne', while they, the employees, used the more respectful 'Mister'.

They could not bring themselves to correct him, to insist upon reciprocal respect. It was just too difficult - deep inhibitions come into play.

Time and again this feeling is reinforced both by the more or less menacing treatment towards us by those in authority, as well as by our peer group. One thing we really hate is when somebody stands up to authority and gets away with it, thus exposing our own compliance. Consider for a moment the virulent attacks on George Galloway when he won the Bradford West by-election. Where did all that anger and hatred come from?

In 1934 someone from the 'wrong class' won Wimbledon - a working-class, grammar school boy from the North, called Fred Perry. Perry was the first Englishman to win for 25 years.

The establishment figures of the Lawn Tennis Association hated him so much that they could not even congratulate him afterwards. Instead they gave a bottle of champagne to the loser (an Australian) and regretted that 'the best man' did not win!

But Perry went on to win twice more, also winning the Davis cup for his country, which he loved, four times, together with pretty well everything else. Now that really did show them - you can bet the members of the LTA hated every single victory. No doubt each new success was met with apoplectic spluttering into their after-dinner ports.

Today Andy Murray will compete in the men's final at Wimbledon. There is a delicious irony in the way the British press, the BBC and the rest of the media, will make constant references to Fred Perry as the last man to win Wimbledon in 1936.

I doubt whether many of them will mention that, after his last Wimbledon victory, he became so fed up with his treatment by the British Establishment that he emigrated to America and took American citizenship.

Posted by Nicholas Moore    12:24:42 pm