Monthly Archives: February 2011

Great political movies (No18) In the Loop

There is a long history in Britain of trying to turn sitcoms into movies and failing miserably. The 1970s seemed by the height of this trend, with adaptations of Dad’s Army,  Are you Being Served, Steptoe and Son, Porridge and On the Buses. The one thing … Continue reading

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Political advertising (No5) Swift Boat Veterans for Truth

In the 2004 presidential election, George W Bush faced something of a problem. Thanks partly to the events of 911 and the subsequent Wars on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq, he had managed to successfully transform his image from a Texas cowboy to … Continue reading

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Great mistakes in politics (No13) Trent Lott praises Strom Thurmond

The resignation of Trent Lott is one of the earliest examples of the power of the internet, and the ability of the blogsphere to impact on the national media. In 2002 Trent Lott was the Republican Leader of the Senate, one of … Continue reading

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Political Computer Games (No1) Missile Command

Missile Command manages to combine two of the biggest cultural trends of the 1980s; video games and the acute fear of an imminent nuclear holocaust. I remember spending most of my childhood absolutely terrified of the threat of war. This was reinforced … Continue reading

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Political predictions they got wrong (No8) Igor Panarin predicts the collapse of the USA

Political predictions can be based on wishful thinking as much as hard empirical evidence, and sometimes a mixture of both. The latter is probably the case with Igor Panarin’s work. For those of you who don’t know, Panarin is a well known Russian … Continue reading

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Coverage of female football in the UK

I just heard on BBC Radio Nottingham this morning that the local women’s football team, Forest Ladies, are in financial difficulties due to a lack of sponsorship. They owe a total of five thousand pounds and it strikes me as … Continue reading

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Great political movies (No17) Queimada (Burn!)

Everyone seems to have seen The Battle of Algiers, which I reviewed last week. However for some reason it’s follow-up, Queimada, better known by its title in the US, ‘Burn!’, is now undeservedly forgotten. The director Gillo Pontecorvo revisits many of the themes of his … Continue reading

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