It is ironic that an American now serves as the gravedigger of anti-monarchism.
There aren’t enough republicans to fill Wembley Stadium.
As the monarchy looks to the future, the brexitious Labour and Tory parties look to their inglorious pasts.
The cosmopolitan young royals are an easy sell when contrasted with the likes of nativist elected politicians like May and Corbyn.
Cromwell’s reign of terror made divine right look attractive.
The problem with Oxford is that it is not (and will never be) Cambridge.
Jordan Peterson is the Gwyneth Paltrow of the alt right.
Much of the blues tradition, on which rock and roll is based, is decidedly misogynistic and would run afoul of the #MeToo movement.
There are few facts in sports journalism, but there is a lot of conjecture and imaginative speculation.
There’s no point in writing about Labour again until Corbyn is out.
Mr Corbyn is what he is: a street activist/ backbench careerist. He’s out of his depth in his current position.
Elizabeth I is a pretty good role model. If only Corbyn had one.
Nothing about the Infant-Elect indicates education.
I give it a week into his presidency before the first financial scandal breaks.
I’m thinking Mssrs Trump and Putin will hold their first summit in a Russian banya.
A handful of clever Bolsheviks took down a nation of millions. However, Communists today are fossils, like the skull of a T-Rex.
Re Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week: the fashion industry has always drawn inspiration from the urban street, the rural field, and the courtesan’s boudoir.
Re Jimmy Kimmel at the Emmys: the faux introduction of “Dr Bill Cosby” and the ad lib about Johnny Cochrane were the best bits. Gervaisesque, really.
Re the Labour Party leadership vote: Mr Corbyn is the Stannis Baratheon of Labour. He has a better chance of presiding over the High Table at Hogwarts than becoming Prime Minister.
As a genre, the Western is passé, especially a re-booted Western that lacks irony (“The Magnificent Seven”).
Virtual Brexit (the present state of affairs) is not to be confused with real Brexit (a future state of affairs after Ms Merkel and friends reduce the UK to a giant workhouse).
The Ryder Cup is the perfect sh*storm of commercialised, god-bothering, flag-fluffing, 1%er machismo, wrapped in polyester shirts and dad khakis.
(Ilse Bing. Bastille Day, Paris. 1933 | MoMA)
UK: Why is anyone so eager to hang on to Mr Corbyn? It’s self-evident he’ll never be PM. Symbolic politics (his specialty) are fine during a Sunday street protest, but should not be confused with the politics of winning elections. However, it appears he’s the first sinking ship that rats prefer to go down with into the deep of political irrelevance.
US: Mr Pence is a lightweight, anti-gay religious bigot. In backwards states, where Trump is likely to win anyway, he’ll be unnecessary political furniture. However, in moderate to fully rational states, he’ll stand as a talisman of right-wing lunacy, guaranteeing a record thumping for the clown at the top of the Republican ticket.
Mr Corbyn functioned as his own political gravedigger by taking Benn’s bait.
Today’s no confidence vote (172-40 against Corbyn) is Labour’s Red Wedding. Mr Corbyn’s support has been reduced to the far left rump of the Party plus union bureaucrats.
At best, he’s a leader on paper only after this legitimacy crushing no confidence vote, no matter what the £3 cadres do in a leadership contest.
The Pictish reaction to the EU has diminished the UK.
Brexit was a political gambit by Mr Cameron to head off a challenge from the right by UKip/Fearage in the parliamentary election last year. He had to reverse course in a last ditch effort to stave off a disaster that would be an entirely Tory manufactured own goal. Now he’s out of a job.
Plebiscitary democracy has an ignoble history. Brexit is the latest chapter in that history.
Plebiscites are notoriously poor vehicles for democratic decision making and one doesn’t even have to resort to Godwinian references to find examples:
California’s Proposition 13 (1978)
California’s Proposition 209 (1996)
California’s Proposition 8 (2008)
The lot of the working class would still be miserable post-Brexit. Then who would they blame?
The problem for the poor is that the elite wind up winning anyway, no matter what the outcome is/was.
A Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal might be necessary given the extreme propaganda of the Brexiteers.
Once Scotland and Northern Ireland leave, it will be Tiny England.
Brexit remorse has already overcome the leading Leavetariat.
Nicola Sturgeon is the big winner. The fact that she’ll parlay Brexit into a second Scottish referendum makes her the most savvy politician in the UK.
The silver lining for Labour is that Mr Corbyn’s incompetent performance makes him more cullable than ever.