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  • John McDonnell Archives - Beatrix Campbell
    not a dynastic drama it isn t a sectarian schism either Hilary Benn has always disagreed with Tony Benn and with Jeremy Corbyn about Britain s wars That makes Benn s appointment as Foreign Secretary by Corbyn a daring move just as his appointment of Maria Eagle as shadow Defence Secretary is also interesting They don t agree on the war in Syria They don t agree on the renewal of Trident nuclear missiles So they re going to have to work it out The surprise is that they re going to try And they re going to try in the knowledge that these issues are difficult because they are difficult we should expect disagreement because they are among the most testing themes of our times Listening to the Syria debate and Benn brought to mind not his father but Parliament itself and a sense that Benn was emancipated by the context Parliamentary democracy at work I didn t agree with him about the bombing But Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who has brought a genial tone to the Corbyn team lost his touch a bit when he said Benn s speech was like Tony Blair in 2003 when he argued for war in Iraq No he wasn t Benn wasn t so much charismatic as effective the performance was adroit supple and smart He didn t overwhelm the honourable members with evangelism he didn t deceive or bully He invited them to think and to be available for persuasion That s what made his speech bracing Unlike for example David Cameron who de humanised the enemy Benn discussed some particulars acts of violence animated by a special kind of manly excitement an enemy that electrified by violence that is also thought about and strategic aimed not only at destruction but the theatre of terror That s what made his allusion to fascism so interesting Who knows if he s right but the word takes us to other modern not medieval ideologies of supremacist violence the Nazis Mussolini s nationalism racist lynching in the United States If he soared on this occasion it was because the occasion the place the time the people demanded it here was Parliamentary debate at its best and here was Hilary Benn doing his best Weirdly the commentariat responded not by thinking but by boxing the speech into its own discourses about power and politics They re missing the point this isn t about splits whatever the traitor twitters outside Parliament get up to Isn t disagreement and debate what happens in political parties in relationships in families Westminster s political culture isn t used to this witness the utter bewilderment about Scotland s great independence conversation households friends lovers dissented from each other but they didn t get divorced or die They kept talking This is good politics and Westminster and the commentariat should get used to it What we witnessed during the Syria debate was a party that was functioning recovering from near death

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  • racism Archives - Beatrix Campbell
    not a dynastic drama it isn t a sectarian schism either Hilary Benn has always disagreed with Tony Benn and with Jeremy Corbyn about Britain s wars That makes Benn s appointment as Foreign Secretary by Corbyn a daring move just as his appointment of Maria Eagle as shadow Defence Secretary is also interesting They don t agree on the war in Syria They don t agree on the renewal of Trident nuclear missiles So they re going to have to work it out The surprise is that they re going to try And they re going to try in the knowledge that these issues are difficult because they are difficult we should expect disagreement because they are among the most testing themes of our times Listening to the Syria debate and Benn brought to mind not his father but Parliament itself and a sense that Benn was emancipated by the context Parliamentary democracy at work I didn t agree with him about the bombing But Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who has brought a genial tone to the Corbyn team lost his touch a bit when he said Benn s speech was like Tony Blair in 2003 when he argued for war in Iraq No he wasn t Benn wasn t so much charismatic as effective the performance was adroit supple and smart He didn t overwhelm the honourable members with evangelism he didn t deceive or bully He invited them to think and to be available for persuasion That s what made his speech bracing Unlike for example David Cameron who de humanised the enemy Benn discussed some particulars acts of violence animated by a special kind of manly excitement an enemy that electrified by violence that is also thought about and strategic aimed not only at destruction but the theatre of terror That s what made his allusion to fascism so interesting Who knows if he s right but the word takes us to other modern not medieval ideologies of supremacist violence the Nazis Mussolini s nationalism racist lynching in the United States If he soared on this occasion it was because the occasion the place the time the people demanded it here was Parliamentary debate at its best and here was Hilary Benn doing his best Weirdly the commentariat responded not by thinking but by boxing the speech into its own discourses about power and politics They re missing the point this isn t about splits whatever the traitor twitters outside Parliament get up to Isn t disagreement and debate what happens in political parties in relationships in families Westminster s political culture isn t used to this witness the utter bewilderment about Scotland s great independence conversation households friends lovers dissented from each other but they didn t get divorced or die They kept talking This is good politics and Westminster and the commentariat should get used to it What we witnessed during the Syria debate was a party that was functioning recovering from near death

    Original URL path: http://www.beatrixcampbell.co.uk/tag/racism/ (2016-02-16)
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  • supremacist Archives - Beatrix Campbell
    not a dynastic drama it isn t a sectarian schism either Hilary Benn has always disagreed with Tony Benn and with Jeremy Corbyn about Britain s wars That makes Benn s appointment as Foreign Secretary by Corbyn a daring move just as his appointment of Maria Eagle as shadow Defence Secretary is also interesting They don t agree on the war in Syria They don t agree on the renewal of Trident nuclear missiles So they re going to have to work it out The surprise is that they re going to try And they re going to try in the knowledge that these issues are difficult because they are difficult we should expect disagreement because they are among the most testing themes of our times Listening to the Syria debate and Benn brought to mind not his father but Parliament itself and a sense that Benn was emancipated by the context Parliamentary democracy at work I didn t agree with him about the bombing But Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who has brought a genial tone to the Corbyn team lost his touch a bit when he said Benn s speech was like Tony Blair in 2003 when he argued for war in Iraq No he wasn t Benn wasn t so much charismatic as effective the performance was adroit supple and smart He didn t overwhelm the honourable members with evangelism he didn t deceive or bully He invited them to think and to be available for persuasion That s what made his speech bracing Unlike for example David Cameron who de humanised the enemy Benn discussed some particulars acts of violence animated by a special kind of manly excitement an enemy that electrified by violence that is also thought about and strategic aimed not only at destruction but the theatre of terror That s what made his allusion to fascism so interesting Who knows if he s right but the word takes us to other modern not medieval ideologies of supremacist violence the Nazis Mussolini s nationalism racist lynching in the United States If he soared on this occasion it was because the occasion the place the time the people demanded it here was Parliamentary debate at its best and here was Hilary Benn doing his best Weirdly the commentariat responded not by thinking but by boxing the speech into its own discourses about power and politics They re missing the point this isn t about splits whatever the traitor twitters outside Parliament get up to Isn t disagreement and debate what happens in political parties in relationships in families Westminster s political culture isn t used to this witness the utter bewilderment about Scotland s great independence conversation households friends lovers dissented from each other but they didn t get divorced or die They kept talking This is good politics and Westminster and the commentariat should get used to it What we witnessed during the Syria debate was a party that was functioning recovering from near death

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  • Syria Archives - Beatrix Campbell
    not a dynastic drama it isn t a sectarian schism either Hilary Benn has always disagreed with Tony Benn and with Jeremy Corbyn about Britain s wars That makes Benn s appointment as Foreign Secretary by Corbyn a daring move just as his appointment of Maria Eagle as shadow Defence Secretary is also interesting They don t agree on the war in Syria They don t agree on the renewal of Trident nuclear missiles So they re going to have to work it out The surprise is that they re going to try And they re going to try in the knowledge that these issues are difficult because they are difficult we should expect disagreement because they are among the most testing themes of our times Listening to the Syria debate and Benn brought to mind not his father but Parliament itself and a sense that Benn was emancipated by the context Parliamentary democracy at work I didn t agree with him about the bombing But Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who has brought a genial tone to the Corbyn team lost his touch a bit when he said Benn s speech was like Tony Blair in 2003 when he argued for war in Iraq No he wasn t Benn wasn t so much charismatic as effective the performance was adroit supple and smart He didn t overwhelm the honourable members with evangelism he didn t deceive or bully He invited them to think and to be available for persuasion That s what made his speech bracing Unlike for example David Cameron who de humanised the enemy Benn discussed some particulars acts of violence animated by a special kind of manly excitement an enemy that electrified by violence that is also thought about and strategic aimed not only at destruction but the theatre of terror That s what made his allusion to fascism so interesting Who knows if he s right but the word takes us to other modern not medieval ideologies of supremacist violence the Nazis Mussolini s nationalism racist lynching in the United States If he soared on this occasion it was because the occasion the place the time the people demanded it here was Parliamentary debate at its best and here was Hilary Benn doing his best Weirdly the commentariat responded not by thinking but by boxing the speech into its own discourses about power and politics They re missing the point this isn t about splits whatever the traitor twitters outside Parliament get up to Isn t disagreement and debate what happens in political parties in relationships in families Westminster s political culture isn t used to this witness the utter bewilderment about Scotland s great independence conversation households friends lovers dissented from each other but they didn t get divorced or die They kept talking This is good politics and Westminster and the commentariat should get used to it What we witnessed during the Syria debate was a party that was functioning recovering from near death

    Original URL path: http://www.beatrixcampbell.co.uk/tag/syria/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tony Benn Archives - Beatrix Campbell
    not a dynastic drama it isn t a sectarian schism either Hilary Benn has always disagreed with Tony Benn and with Jeremy Corbyn about Britain s wars That makes Benn s appointment as Foreign Secretary by Corbyn a daring move just as his appointment of Maria Eagle as shadow Defence Secretary is also interesting They don t agree on the war in Syria They don t agree on the renewal of Trident nuclear missiles So they re going to have to work it out The surprise is that they re going to try And they re going to try in the knowledge that these issues are difficult because they are difficult we should expect disagreement because they are among the most testing themes of our times Listening to the Syria debate and Benn brought to mind not his father but Parliament itself and a sense that Benn was emancipated by the context Parliamentary democracy at work I didn t agree with him about the bombing But Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell who has brought a genial tone to the Corbyn team lost his touch a bit when he said Benn s speech was like Tony Blair in 2003 when he argued for war in Iraq No he wasn t Benn wasn t so much charismatic as effective the performance was adroit supple and smart He didn t overwhelm the honourable members with evangelism he didn t deceive or bully He invited them to think and to be available for persuasion That s what made his speech bracing Unlike for example David Cameron who de humanised the enemy Benn discussed some particulars acts of violence animated by a special kind of manly excitement an enemy that electrified by violence that is also thought about and strategic aimed not only at destruction but the theatre of terror That s what made his allusion to fascism so interesting Who knows if he s right but the word takes us to other modern not medieval ideologies of supremacist violence the Nazis Mussolini s nationalism racist lynching in the United States If he soared on this occasion it was because the occasion the place the time the people demanded it here was Parliamentary debate at its best and here was Hilary Benn doing his best Weirdly the commentariat responded not by thinking but by boxing the speech into its own discourses about power and politics They re missing the point this isn t about splits whatever the traitor twitters outside Parliament get up to Isn t disagreement and debate what happens in political parties in relationships in families Westminster s political culture isn t used to this witness the utter bewilderment about Scotland s great independence conversation households friends lovers dissented from each other but they didn t get divorced or die They kept talking This is good politics and Westminster and the commentariat should get used to it What we witnessed during the Syria debate was a party that was functioning recovering from near death

    Original URL path: http://www.beatrixcampbell.co.uk/tag/tony-benn/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Talking of Losers and Scumbags - Beatrix Campbell
    which we all swim They re just the lexicon of flagrant virtue Andrew Neil is paid a lot of money to create contexts in which pundits can think and share their thoughts But that s exactly what he didn t do He didn t do thinking Rubbishing IS is as easy as raging against the Yorkshire Ripper or Hitler The Paris massacres were an opportunity to indulge in the joy of denigration and contempt rather than the effort of the enlightenment he hails in his paean to Paris I was in France the weekend of the massacre and here I am in England where we are all contemplating the implications The mood in both countries isn t blind fury it is shock fright grave sadness While the mass media mocks opposition to the renewal of Britain s Trident it appears not to note The irrelevance of this cold war nuclear missile system to the new forms of warfare that for 30 years have generated killing fields The malign effect of Britain s dangerous liaison with Saudi Arabia the godfather of warfare across the region The toxic counter productivity of the war on terror see this illuminating reflection on the accelerating costs in life and resources This is the moment to wake up not collapse into the comforts of blind fury Share this Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Comment Current Affairs Debate and tagged Andrew Neil IS ISIS Islamicist jihadi Paris attacks Piers Morgan terrorism on November 21 2015 by beatrix campbell Post navigation Men and Lads Playboy nods to the cultural revolution Hilary Benn Thinking About War 3 thoughts on Talking of Losers and Scumbags Wendy Morgan November 21 2015 at 12 25 pm Well said the unthinking responses of our politicians military leaders and media make me despair More hate death and destruction is not the answer So much public mourning about Paris while ignoring suffering elsewhere including Yemen and Palestine which don t make the news very often does not help either We need to remember our common humanity and that there can be no peace without justice Reply Nick November 21 2015 at 12 46 pm How brave of you to bring criticism of Saudi Arabia into this debate And if anyone deserved the Neil epithet scumbag then it is surely those ghastly fat bearded Arabian despots up whose fundaments the tongues of Prince Charles David Cameron and Philip Hammond seem to be almost permanently stuck Has the merest smidgeon of criticism EVER been levelled against these gross thugs for their arms amunition and oil supplies to ISIS I ve never seen it reported in the British media Come on Andrew if you want to have a rant rant in the right direction Reply beatrix campbell Post author December 4 2015 at 9 28 am Saudi finally part of the debate though Turkey too Long time coming Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not

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  • IS Archives - Beatrix Campbell
    they don t throw light on the motives and modus operandi of ISIS still less on how to respond to an enemy that lives not in a far off land but the sea in which we all swim They re just the lexicon of flagrant virtue Andrew Neil is paid a lot of money to create contexts in which pundits can think and share their thoughts But that s exactly what he didn t do He didn t do thinking Rubbishing IS is as easy as raging against the Yorkshire Ripper or Hitler The Paris massacres were an opportunity to indulge in the joy of denigration and contempt rather than the effort of the enlightenment he hails in his paean to Paris I was in France the weekend of the massacre and here I am in England where we are all contemplating the implications The mood in both countries isn t blind fury it is shock fright grave sadness While the mass media mocks opposition to the renewal of Britain s Trident it appears not to note The irrelevance of this cold war nuclear missile system to the new forms of warfare that for 30 years have generated killing fields The malign effect of Britain s dangerous liaison with Saudi Arabia the godfather of warfare across the region The toxic counter productivity of the war on terror see this illuminating reflection on the accelerating costs in life and resources This is the moment to wake up not collapse into the comforts of blind fury Share this Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Comment Current Affairs Debate and tagged Andrew Neil IS ISIS Islamicist jihadi Paris attacks Piers Morgan terrorism on November 21 2015 by beatrix campbell Search for Biography A Book You

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  • ISIS Archives - Beatrix Campbell
    they don t throw light on the motives and modus operandi of ISIS still less on how to respond to an enemy that lives not in a far off land but the sea in which we all swim They re just the lexicon of flagrant virtue Andrew Neil is paid a lot of money to create contexts in which pundits can think and share their thoughts But that s exactly what he didn t do He didn t do thinking Rubbishing IS is as easy as raging against the Yorkshire Ripper or Hitler The Paris massacres were an opportunity to indulge in the joy of denigration and contempt rather than the effort of the enlightenment he hails in his paean to Paris I was in France the weekend of the massacre and here I am in England where we are all contemplating the implications The mood in both countries isn t blind fury it is shock fright grave sadness While the mass media mocks opposition to the renewal of Britain s Trident it appears not to note The irrelevance of this cold war nuclear missile system to the new forms of warfare that for 30 years have generated killing fields The malign effect of Britain s dangerous liaison with Saudi Arabia the godfather of warfare across the region The toxic counter productivity of the war on terror see this illuminating reflection on the accelerating costs in life and resources This is the moment to wake up not collapse into the comforts of blind fury Share this Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Comment Current Affairs Debate and tagged Andrew Neil IS ISIS Islamicist jihadi Paris attacks Piers Morgan terrorism on November 21 2015 by beatrix campbell Search for Biography A Book You

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