• Historical delusion and ignorance in the land of Brexit unicorns

    Historical delusion and ignorance in the land of Brexit unicorns

    THE THUMPING electoral victory of the Conservative and Brexit (no longer Unionist whatever it might claim) Party has confirmed in power the most reactionary government in modern British history. It was handed to the lying, […]

     
  • Broadcasting meltdown

    CHICKENS are at last coming home to roost for South African Airways. Business rescue basically means it will survive in some form in private hands, or simply disappear into liquidation. Either way it will be […]

     
  • South Africa’s economic saboteurs

    PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa reckons that economic sabotage is partly to blame for Eskom’s recent level-six load shedding; eerily reminiscent of Alec Erwin’s loose bolt at Koeberg in 2006. How, then, would Ramaphosa describe the systematic […]

     
  • Le Carré as Historical Commentator

    Le Carré as Historical Commentator

    SOME years back I set myself a pleasant task: to systematically re-read the books of my favourite authors. Without being morbid, approaching late middle age it’s realistic to acknowledge that this is something to indulge […]

     
  • Agent Running in the Field

    Agent Running in the Field

    John le Carré, Agent Running in the Field (London: Viking) WITH a degree of inevitability, the Brexit novel has arrived. Happily, one of the authors is the 88-year-old John le Carré, an articulate Remainer. There […]