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Keir Starmer, Norma Desmond and the Sinister Butler

Tweet extended version of piece published in Comment Central 30 May 2022 For years Tony Blair has been the Norma Desmond of British politics, a forgotten star living in dreams of the past. Before the local elections Keir Starmer handed … Continue reading

02. June 2022 by rkh
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Goodbye to the Western world. We’ll all be sorry when it disappears

Tweet published In Comment Central February 8, 2022 – before the Ukrainian resistance astonished Putin and the world I have just lost a night’s sleep thinking about the threats to Ukraine and Taiwan and the choice that each may impose … Continue reading

29. April 2022 by rkh
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Save English Cricket From The ECB

Tweet An appeal and a promise to the Minister of Sport Nigel Huddleston Esq MPMinister for Sport Dear Minister, By all reports the England and Wales Cricket Board is about to make a decision with terrible and irreversible consequences for … Continue reading

27. April 2022 by rkh
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Ukraine’s National Anthem: Shche Ne Vmerla Ukrainy

Tweet This was the English translation I found for the words by Pavlo Chubynskyi The glory and freedom of Ukraine has not yet perishedLuck will still smile on us brother-Ukrainians.Our enemies will die, as the dew does in the sunshine,and … Continue reading

09. March 2022 by rkh
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Vamp Against Vlad

Tweet A global musical protest against Putin In the Vamp Against Vlad, people all over the world at a given moment would play, sing, or chant one chosen minor chord – against Putin. It would not need any words. G … Continue reading

25. February 2022 by rkh
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And A Happy New Year To You Too, Enver Hoxha

Tweet At this time, I always like to relay Enver Hoxha’s encouraging words to the Albanian people on New Year’s Day 1967 (as rendered by the English service of Radio Tirana). “This year will be harder than last year. However, … Continue reading

31. December 2021 by rkh
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Afghan cricket and the Taliban

Tweet Extract from letter to Nigel Adams MP, Foreign Office Minister of State with responsibility for Afghanistan and British “soft power”. And cricket-lover. I am writing to urge you to take an interest in the future of Afghan cricket and … Continue reading

07. August 2021 by rkh
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Mandelpropisms

Tweet Peter Mandelson planned Labour’s masterly election campaign of 2010. Here is an excerpt from a long email to party supporters explaining its central message. (My comments as recipient at the time). ‘In all this we should remember the power … Continue reading

15. February 2021 by rkh
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An Alternative Inauguration Speech

Tweet The speech I offered Joe Biden. “My fellow Americans. I am now your President. I thank all those who voted for me or against me. I thank the officials and volunteers who in conditions of unprecedented difficulty gave them … Continue reading

21. January 2021 by rkh
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American democracy: the biggest loser in the election

Tweet full version of article published in the Yorkshire Post (England) November 5. 2020 As I write these lines, it appears that a clear majority of the American people have chosen Joe Biden as their next President. That does not … Continue reading

05. November 2020 by rkh
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