Invincible summer |||

Give war a chance

HOME is the most important place in the world announces the front page of the 2008 Ikea catalogue, paying tribute to the atomisation of English life.

Meanwhile, in a short statement last week in the House of Commons, one of those places less important than your home, the defence secretary announced without consultation or discussion that Menwith Hill, the listening station in Yorkshire, will be used by the United States for its missile defence system. Why? “To address the emerging threat from rogue states”. As George Monbiot says, “This is a claim that only an idiot or a member of the British government could believe.”

High hopes are easily dashed. Our new prime minister, of whom we hoped so much, is instead emphasising continuity in our mad and intermittently criminal foreign policy. Now we’re officially part of the Bush programme for giving nuclear war a second chance in Europe.

Up next Pynchon’s paternity Haven’t even opened the new Pynchon novel Against The Day yet and already Stefano Lanzavecchia in Milan is sending me a review discussing Pynchon’s The Hollywood effect Is this the Hollywood effect in international relations? We watch horror and thriller films for the adrenaline rush of fear, and the relief when it
Latest posts Crispbread economics Learning vector programming The Underground The Post Office scandal A plea for simplicity BoJo the clown Days are of two kinds Trollope What we saw in Roswell The orkestra bows out Imagine Hampstead village and South End Green with no through traffic What makes this so dangerous Rural rides Crank it up Rediscovering our animal nature The high streets of Hampstead The beneficiaries of the status quo are in no rush to change Among the many things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future. Animal Farm: Special illustrated edition Nuclear-armed rogue states The Sixth Extinction Food of love War on Terror Terror is a tactic Global worming Art of the possible Liveable London Two kinds of London cycling campaign Poetry and film What we learned in Kyoto Landing