Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Paul Anderson returns

Paul Anderson is back, it seems. I'd stopped checking his blog because he parked it for a bit to work on his Orwell in Tribune project.

Have a look: The Duchess of Atholl looks like she kept people on her toes.

If you can ignore the weird markup, Paul's review of Oliver Kamm's book is well worth a look.

"There’s more than one way to be anti-totalitarian ... and it’s not essential for anti-totalitarians always to adopt the most hawkish foreign policy stance available. The utility of confrontation or military intervention or negotiation and diplomacy has to be judged case by case. Kamm is right to emphasise the principle of anti-totalitarianism – but there’s no need for anti-totalitarianism to make you a neo-con."

(update: 12/1/06 - Oliver has replied and Panderson is standing his ground)

And his bit of pessimistic psephology is worth a look as well:

"Some on the left would no doubt welcome a Lib Dem implosion, but I’m not one of them. The main beneficiaries of a collapse in the Lib Dem vote would be the Tories. Not only are they the main challengers to sitting Lib Dem MPs in the overwhelming majority of Lib Dem seats, they would also gobble up the anti-Labour vote elsewhere.

Until now, I’ve been sceptical about claims that the Tories could win in 2009, even after Cameron’s victory. But now I’m not so confident. Indeed, if Cameron manages to complete his centrist repositioning of the Tories, the Lib Dems collapse and Labour botches the succession from Tony Blair, they could even be a shoo-in."

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