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Admit it, John McDonnell won the argument

Opinions like gasholes, Everybody got one

Funnelling ourselves

In Two Identities

questions nobody is asking

Answers that won’t be received

My Head is Spinning, to Feel the Bind

‘Information as a biological unit’ came the stern reply.

The Poet Statesman

The place was not only pleasant, but perfect, if once he could regard it not as a deception but rather as a dream. Even if the people were not “artists,” the whole was nevertheless artistic. That young man with the long, auburn hair and the impudent face—that young man was not really a poet; but surely he was a poem. That old gentleman with the wild, white beard and the wild, white hat—that venerable humbug was not really a philosopher; but at least he was the cause of philosophy in others. That scientific gentleman with the bald, egg-like head and the bare, bird-like neck had no real right to the airs of science that he assumed. He had not discovered anything new in biology; but what biological creature could he have discovered more singular than himself? Thus, and thus only, the whole place had properly to be regarded; it had to be considered not so much as a workshop for artists, but as a frail but finished work of art. A man who stepped into its social atmosphere felt as if he had stepped into a written comedy.

GK Chesterton — The Man Who Was Thursday — A Nightmare

Déja vu

This announcement, in today’s Murdochian Times is almost identical to the one made by former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell in an interview he gave me for Real Media nearly four years ago:

Sadly very few people paid any attention to this interview at the time, but the ideas are bizarrely all appearing in Government announcements.

Now that the government have announced a national infrastructure bank, Green Bonds and their version of a Green New Deal, John McDonnell appears to have won the last election.

Enoch Powell famously claimed that all political careers end in failure.

Mr McDonnell was lambasted by the left for appearing in an interview with Alastair Campbell just before the December election – if he hadn’t done so the People’s Vote mob would have told all their followers to vote Lib Dem and that would have completely destroyed the Labour Party.

So, whether you like it or not, McDonnell essentially took one for the team.

We didn’t start the fire — so who did?

Violent 50s and 60s imagery from Billy Joel here.

Are Roy Cohn, Eichmann, Belgians in the Congo in the same category as Ho Chi Minh ?

Lê Đức Thọ was famously awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize for peace along with Henry Kissinger but he turned it down – I wonder why.

AN INQUISITION UPON FAME AND HONOUR

Fulke Greville was a 17th Century poet statesman. Like Rishi Sunak, he was also once Chancellor of the Exchequer. He attended Shrewsbury School just like Private Eye founders Christopher Booker, Paul Foot, Richard Ingrams and Willie Rushton

Private Eye appears to be dominated by spookery at this point. But not so badly as to no longer be worth buying.

I made this experimental video a year and a half ago in homage to Peter Cook and his hero N. F. Simpson. The visuals and audio are taken from the news at the time as well as Simpson’s One Way Pendulum: :

Michael Rimmer

This Peter Cook film says far more about modern politics than any other film I know. Watch it all the way through: