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On Mike Marqusee: The Enduring Legacy of War Minus the Shooting

The death of Mike Marqusee earlier this week, after a long illness, has deprived the worlds of sport and politics – not so mutually exclusive, as we shall see – of one of their gadflies. Politically, Marqusee was always a … Continue reading

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Wounded Tiger: review

Cricket in Pakistan has always been that bit different. The brilliance, the madness, the controversy; all seemed to a foreign observer to be exaggerated, defining features of the nation’s cricketing style. Where else could have produced Shahid Afridi or Shoaib … Continue reading

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Greenbacks and Green Tops: Sport, Politics and Society

As the commemoration of Nelson Mandela has monopolised the headlines, cricket reporters have sought tenuous links between Mandela and the game. Unfortunately, rugby has all the best tunes – the 1995 World Cup as national reconciliation – but South African … Continue reading

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Limited Vision: Alex Salmond’s Lack of Ambition

Alex Salmond’s White Paper, presenting the case for Scottish independence, has been infected with the malaise of British politics. His argument has become reductive and staid, a discussion of percentages, be they numbers of swing voters or packages of national … Continue reading

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Gap Years: a new form of colonialism?

We all recognise the “gap yah” stereotype. Rich, middle-class, privately educated teenager, jetting off to exotic locations for a hedonistic rite of passage. Harmless fun, for those who can afford it. But is there something more sinister behind the banter … Continue reading

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Should Britain stay in or leave the EU?

A piece on why we should should stay in the EU written this winter. So we may choose. To leave the European Union, with its farcical directives on food shapes and health and safety, its bureaucratic largesse and Byzantine legislature, … Continue reading

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Dollar Fellow Travellers

Another Zahir article, this time inspired by Gerard Depardieu claiming Russian citizenship and my dissertation on Sidney and Beatrice Webb visiting the USSR. Gerard Depardieu lumbered around the stage of a provincial Russian town, brandishing his new Russian passport, before … Continue reading

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Going Green

Another Zahir article, this time about the potential for the growth of the Green Party. It’s from Spring 2011, but, again, I still think it’s valid. One of the highlights of the 2010 General Election, often missed by commentators obsessed … Continue reading

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The Limits of Human Rights

I wrote this in November 2010 for The Zahir, the University of York’s culture magazine. It’s about the limitations of the idea of human rights and the dangers of applying them dogmatically. Some of the examples are dated, but their … Continue reading

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