Following the riots and some of the aftermath from Berlin cast a perspective that was both troubling and uplifting.
Troubling because the orgiastic delight in wanton destruction on display in London and elsewhere is echoed in the sadistic grins of Nazis tormenting Jews in the photographs in Berlin’s extensive network of Holocaust sites; both, notwithstanding the irony that Hitler’s stormtroopers would have seen themselves as biologically superior to many of 2011’s rioters, remind us of the fragility of our civilisation. Continue reading
By treating race and culture as synonymous, is David Starkey committing the same error as the Left? Sean McHale asks.
Similar to many forays into the tropes of politics and race, David Starkey’s incursion proved to be less successful – possibly for his career and certainly in terms of astute analysis.
His intentionally provocative elucidation that “whites have become black” was undoubtedly wide of the mark. He wasn’t off the mark as Owen Jones (Author of “Chavs”) accused him. (Jones accused Starkey of seeing “Black culture” Continue reading
The outspoken Dr David Starkey is in trouble for his analysis of black culture which he made on the BBC in response to the August Riots. A.P. Schrader tells us where he went wrong.
It seems that famed Right-wing telly historian David Starkey has landed himself in hot water. At least, if the lefty liberal ‘Twitterati’ are to be believed. You would be forgiven for thinking that Dr Continue reading
I wonder what our friends in the Middle East and the Maghreb are calling the riots that are diffusing through London and now the other cities of the country? The Albion Spring? The Rose Revolutions? Seeing as the English people are so unhappy with their government, would it not be fair to expect the Syrians or the Continue reading
Seventy years on from the holocaust and the conviction that this must never happen again, Jewish people are suffering persecution and prejudice all over the globe. Often the hostility towards Jews is masked as a hostility towards the politics of Israel. Daniel Willis tells us why this is a dangerous attitude.
It has not yet been seventy years since the liberation of the European Jews from the catastrophe that was the Holocaust. Yet now, it would seem many countries in the West are witnessing (and promptly neglecting) the return of an overwhelming sickness of the mind; a new breed of Anti-Semitism for the twenty first century, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the old one. Continue reading
For those of us hungry for something substantive in our contemporary fiction, Heartland, Anthony Cartwright’s second novel, elegantly crafts a deft lyrical realism that’s given shape by a tightly woven, elliptical narrative argues Wes Brown.
Like Don DeLillo’s classic Underworld – Cartwright, cubist-like, uses sport to draw together disparate strands of fragmentation:
“Beckham’s face filled the screen, filled the room. Rob had driven past the giant hoarding over the motorway a few weeks ago. He’d driven for miles, worrying about the game against the mosque and the election, worrying about his dad Continue reading
Two of the most taboo subjects – class and race – are back on the agenda with two new books “Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class” and “The Likes of Us: A Biography of the White Working Class”. Wes Brown, novelist, blogger and political commentator, reviews this new brace of writings on white working class culture.
What do you call a chav in a suit? The accused. Two chavs in a car, no music on, who’s driving? The police. What’s the difference between a chav and a coconut? One’s thick and hairy, the other is a coconut. From salt of the earth to scum on the streets, the white working class are the minority group it’s OK to discriminate against, and, curiously, Continue reading