But by a few thousand votes, rather than the 5-10% I expected last week.
Most people will blame it on tears shed by Tony Blair while watching an Australian anti-Semite on a horse, but I’m also quite impressed by the housing crisis as a factor: when two or even three generations find themselves living over a long period in the same house (EU, British regions), then they may rationalise that as “better together (sharing a bed with our blood relatives)”, and in some cases that will in turn become the xenophobic “rootless people have no right to live, here or anywhere”, as an Andalusian barkeeper’s son turned Catalan patriot put it to me a few years ago.
I would quite miss being able to say I am British, because, as an expression of vacuity, it is one of the least worst nationalities in the world. It was not ever thus: without telling gross falsehoods, and to wind up the buggers, I used to inform Dutch collectivists that I was Irish (“Oh yes? Wonderful man, your freedom-loving Gerry Adams!”) and Dutch libertarians that I was English (“Oh yes? Wonderful man, your freedom-loving Maggie Thatcher!”), or vice versa. But as this century develops I can see that I’ll have to dye my hair green, get some diamond-iris contacts, and request political asylum from the Martians.
- Politics as theatre
Thatcher on Andreotti, but may be thought to apply closer to home.
- 56K pre-1600 ghits for inauthor:”Desiderius Erasmus” on Google Books
That’s a pretty big WTF.
- Comparative ethics
Something’s happening as a consequence of Wednesday’s missive from La Vanguardia’s ombudsman, Josep Maria Casasús re my original Rafael Ramos post,
- People we meet
The other day, on this walk, an elderly Englishman from G. Speaking with an Andalusian accent, he claimed to be one
- deu principis conservadors
Trobat en un informe escrit per Margaret Thatcher i dos altres al desembre de 1945: La capacitat de l’individu per a dur