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Dave Hill on Boris Johnson and Anthony Browne

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Over here at CiF.


Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

If you’re wondering what all this stuff about Anthony Browne is, do go down to the bottom, and scroll upwards. I’m not always sure what the best way to break up longer pieces is, but this one seems to work.

Browne’s Guide to Purging Political Correctness, #9

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

“Don’t do zero tolerance. Humanity is not black and white, but many shades of grey. Thinking in absolutes is not thinking at all.” A wise rule. Is Anthony Browne the kind of person to present issues in black and white, to make exaggerations, to present things as simpler than they might in fact be in […]

Browne’s Guide to Purging Political Correctness, #8

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

“Don’t feel guilt by association. Judge people by what they are in themselves, not by their tenuous links to others.” Again, I’m prepared to agree that there’s no reason to think that Anthony Browne feels any guilt by association. I think he might have a tendency to judge people by their links to media outlets […]

Browne’s Guide to Purging Political Correctness, #6

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

“Don’t do cultural relativism: stick to a level playing field, and judge everyone by the same ethical standards. Just because someone is a ‘victim’ or a ‘minority’ doesn’t excuse unethical behaviour that you wouldn’t accept in an ‘oppressor’ or a ‘majority’.” Yasmin Alibhai-Brown tried to get him on this one on the Today programme, implying […]

Oxford Expands?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Policy Exchange is basically a parody of what a think-thank is supposed to be — the proof of that is its decision to have the laughable Anthony Browne in a senior position for quite a while now — but people say that it’s fairly influential on Conservative party “thinking”, so perhaps we should pay attention. […]

The Magnificent Pollard

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

On 15 January right-wing hack Stephen Pollard posted on Interpal, the charity which Mr Galloway’s appearance on Celebrity Big Brother is intended to benefit. “The real villain of the piece is not the odious Galloway, whose penchant for licking the backsides of terrorist sponsors we all know about”, he harrumphed. “It is Channel Four, which […]

Purging Oneself of Political Correctness

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

In a series of posts below, I tried to show that Anthony Browne committed a number of what he himself takes to be the sins of political correctness in his recent pamphlet, The Retreat of Reason, published by the “think” tank Civitas. In this post, I’m afraid to report that the PC virus has spread […]

What Should Think Tanks Do?

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Here’s David Green, the Director of Civitas, writing in today’s Telegraph: What should the think tanks do? As things stand, it’s not worth committing much time and energy to Mr Cameron’s policy reviews. This is not too much of a shock, because the Conservatives have not been receptive to ideas since they came close to […]

Political Correctness Gone Mad

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

Anthony Browne has just published a pamphlet, “The Retreat of Reason” with the think tank Civitas, which can be downloaded here. It’s already prompted quite a bit of blog-discussion, partly, I think, because Browne (Anthony) and Brown (Yasmin Alibhai-) were tearing strips off one another at 8.20 or so yesterday morning on the Today programme […]

In These Times

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

There’s a chap who writes for The Times called Anthony Browne who’s interested in race, immigration and multiculturalism. Opinions about the utility of his journalism vary. On the one hand, David Blunkett (of all people!) thinks that some of his opinions on these matters “border on fascism”, and has said so in the House of […]