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The English Fascist Party (2)

Posted by Ken Edwards on Monday, May 26, 2014, In : politics 
This is what Fascism is like. It's not a comical foreigner screeching incomprehensibly before an adoring crowd. It's not shaven-headed bully boys in uniform. No, this is the English version. It's waking up on a damp, grey Bank Holiday Monday morning to hear ignorant people squawking "The country isn't what it was", "Politicians - they're all the same", "They don't listen to us". And neither the media nor the mainstream parties can challenge this - they don't dare alienating these people by te...
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The English Fascist Party

Posted by Ken Edwards on Thursday, May 15, 2014, In : politics 
When I was a small child in Gibraltar I remember my mother telling me how she as a child herself had heard gunshots across the frontier. That was the Spanish Civil War. She also told me that in Britain you were allowed to criticise the Queen, but if you publicly criticised Franco in Spain you would be put in prison.

More recently, one of my aunts, now living in Spain, was reminiscing about her deceased husband, my uncle, who got into serious trouble in the 1930s when as a young man he attended...
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Hello?

Posted by Ken Edwards on Monday, June 4, 2012, In : politics 
Hello, is there anybody out there?

Two days into the Great Compulsory National Rejoicing, and I am going out of my mind with boredom. The weather's terrible, nobody's emailed, nobody's called, nobody's buying Paul Brown's and Maggie O'Sullivan's terrific new books, and, since the heady rush of the launch week, nobody's buying or downloading the Moors' album. 

BBC4's Punk Britannia series has been cheering me up momentarily - powerful flashbacks, but as though nothing has changed as silver has g...
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Choice

Posted by Ken Edwards on Thursday, May 6, 2010, In : politics 
A beautifully sunny morning for a General Election. I waited till mid-morning to walk up to All Saints' Hall to cast my vote. Normally at this time the polling booths are empty of human traffic, but there was a small queue.

As always with a UK General Election, under the fossilised rules we have, the "choice" available to us is a chimera. I am not one of the "they're all the same" brigade; what I mean is, our vote is a crude bludgeon with no possibility of finesse or nuance. 

I was accosted in ...

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Ken Edwards This blog is written by Ken Edwards, co-founder and editor/publisher of Reality Street, and it's mainly about the press. Ken's personal blog can now be found at http://www.kenedwards.eu/