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Tarnished: The hazards of embedded journalism

June 30, 2010

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The embedding system introduced prior to the Iraq war was symbolic of new, friendlier relations between the army and the military. Prospective embeds were required to receive ‘a crash course in all things military’. The US army was keen not to repeat the experience of the Vietnam War, when the military believed that the press […]

Anti-war movement targets “Bliar”

February 3, 2010

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Anti-war protestors gathered outside the Chilcot inquiry to voice their displeasure at former Prime Minister Tony Blair on the day that he gave his evidence. The protests were less vociferous and less well-attended than in the past, however, with those bearing placards and chanting anti-Blair slogans heavily outnumbered by police and journalists. Those that were […]

‘Bliar’: Former PM bears brunt of protest

January 4, 2010

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Anti-war protestors gathered outside the Chilcot inquiry to voice their displeasure at former Prime Minister Tony Blair on the day that he gave his evidence. The protests were less vociferous and less well-attended than in the past, however, with those bearing placards and chanting anti-Blair slogans heavily outnumbered by police and journalists. Those that were […]

Mud-slinging over Iraq

December 9, 2009

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Predictably, the Chilcot inquiry has descended into a farcical escapade where everybody blames everybody else for the disaster that was the war in Iraq. Lieutenant General Sir Frederick Viggers has called the people running the war ‘amateurs’, appparently oblivious to the fact that he was, erm, one of them. It doesn’t take a genius to […]

Stay Away, Blair

October 29, 2009

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Lots of people have plenty to say about the prospective EU Presidency of Tony Blair, the one-time golden boy of British politics (c. 1997) turned villain of the piece. That is, everyone but Blair himself. The warmongerer remains noticeably quiet while the rest of the continent whips itself up into a frenzy (well, almost) over […]

They work for you

September 24, 2009

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A valuable tool, one that I have not taken proper advantage so far, is They Work For You, a website that keeps an eye on how exactly your MP is voting in Parliament. It’s certainly worth playing with, if only to shatter your illusions about certain politicians. I’ve always admired Jon Cruddas, for his principled […]