Entries by John Wight from 08/2012

Gore Vidal - Probably the Most Important Man of American Letters Since Mark Twain

| Posted 08.01.2012 | Huffington Post

Though a man of the left, Vidal carried the air of a patrician who could give any English aristocrat a run for their money when it came to emitting an aura of superiority. However, in Vidal's case, a sense of arrogance was well deserved given his abundant talent and intelligence.

Revisiting the London Riots a Year on

| Posted 08.06.2012 | UK

A year on from the riots which gripped parts of London and other cities up and down the UK, it is worth recalling that they were a predictable outcome to the economic and social pressure the communities impacted were under from a Tory-led coalition government, which had begun to dole out its punishment to the poor in response to an economic recession not of their making.

Workfare Not the Olympics is the Legacy of Britain in 2012

| Posted 08.11.2012 | UK Politics

For the past two weeks Britain has been engaged in something akin to a group hug over the success of the London Olympics and the achievement of Team GB in amassing enough medals to make us seem a nation of winners.

Julian Assange: God's Lonely Man

| Posted 08.17.2012 | UK Politics

The fate of Julian Assange now hinges on the British government's willingness to either uphold or flout international law.

In Defence of George Galloway

| Posted 08.22.2012 | UK Politics

The concerted attempt to demonise George Galloway over his comments on the rape allegations levelled at Julian Assange is reflective of something rotten in British cultural life. Nothing short of a lynching-by-media is being attempted by a range of commentators from right to left, to the point where there's no room left on the bandwagon.

Rachel Corrie's Heroism Lives on in the Hearts of Millions

| Posted 08.28.2012 | UK

What the judge, and the State of Israel itself, will never be able to expunge with Rachel Corrie's death and this verdict is the stain it leaves on Israel's claim to the status of a liberal democracy in which human rights is a cornerstone.