The Russian intervention in Ukraine has caused American lawyers and diplomats to raise their voices about the legality of Russian military action in Ukraine. These complaints, however, are based more on political rhetoric and posturing than on an understanding of international law.
Beginning in 2011 a festival in honor of the seventeenth-century radical Gerrard Winstanley has been held annually in the town of Wigan, in northwestern England. Through poetry, music, film, and other activities, the celebration commemorates the life and ideas of Wigan-born Winstanley, leader of the Digger, or True Leveller, movement of the English Revolution (1640–1660).
As some in our audience know, critics of fox hunts have been campaigning hard on British newspaper websites and various forums about bloodsports in England. Every Boxing Day the hunts ‘traditionally’ ride out to kill foxes. The Countryside Alliance (an association of “gentlemen devoted to the sport”—you know this type of rich, fatuous buffoon) is a very powerful body in England and Prime Minister David Cameron used to ride with three foxhunts in Oxfordshire. His government cabinet is mainly made up of CA people, hence the slaughter of Britain’s badgers to placate the farmers (who are really responsible for the cause of tb as they move their cattle around and change name tags on their animals).—Patrice Greanville
THE SORDID TRUTH ABOUT FOX HUNTING
By Andrew Tyler (Originally written in 1997, but currently being posted through thousands of doors before the next UK 2015 election.)
For more than two decades, Clifford Pellow served as a professional Huntsman with several packs of fox hounds in England and Wales. The last eight years of his hunting career were spent with the Tredegar Farmers Fox Hounds in South Wales. Always a stickler for the rules, Mr Pellow became more and more outraged at the abuse of foxes ordered by his Hunt Master in breach of hunting codes of conduct, until, unable to stomach it any longer, he protested. As a result he lost his job.
UNIONISM AND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
SUGGESTED BY PAUL CARLINE
But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation even among people who should and do know better.—George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
Bad language is becoming a recurring theme in the referendum debate. Yet it is not so much the predictable vitriol and smearing that we need to worry about. Nor is it about how we define ‘Scottishness’. Rather, it’s the fact that so much of today’s political lexicon is almost entirely devoid of meaning.
The Ravages of Neoliberal Fundamentalism
by MICHAEL BRENNER
There will always be an England dear to the hearts of Americans who adore the quaint – especially where the natives speak in an intelligible tongue. The Brits high regard for the United States further warms the cockles of the Anglophilic heart. Imitation being the ultimate form of respect in today’s globalized culture, the vanishing England of old (from double-decker buses to bowler hats) diminishes our affection not a whit so long as it is replaced by pop entertainment, catch-phrases, and economic panaceas with the “Made In USA” seal. That assures Americans that the voices raised to hail “the land of hope and glory” really know just what land deserves the accolade.