Our new issue is now online, featuring Mary Wellesley on menageries, Richard Seymour on Trolling, Andrew O’Hagan on The Crown, Jonathan Lethem on you know who, and a Christmas tree by Anne Rothenstein on the cover.
Despite the images of hijacked planes, homemade rockets, the charred wreckage of buses and Kalashnikov-wielding militants in balaclavas, the most common form of resistance in more than a century of Zionist-Arab conflict has been unarmed – or, as Palestinians call it, ‘popular’.
‘At the next general election, whenever it’s held and under whatever system, voters are likely to be offered a choice between authoritatian populism and neoliberal technocracy in the form of a PD-led coalition of the political old guard. It’s the same grim choice that British voters thought they had in June’s referendum, that American voters were offered last month, and that French voters are... View details ⇨
‘Since the late 1980s Aung San Suu Kyi has been a lodestar for democrats and human rights activists throughout the world, but her celestial image is waning. She has been criticised internationally for refusing to speak out about the plight of the Rohingyas, yet she continues to say nothing.’
‘In light of the executive’s failure to defend the judiciary in the aftermath of the decision, their incoherent proposals for leaving the EU, and broader concerns about the democratic legitimacy of Parliament, no one should feel entirely sanguine if the government’s appeal succeeds’ – Frederick Wilmot-Smith on today’s supreme court hearing.
‘Darpa has achieved many other startling things over the years, from its support for the development of America’s first plastic and aluminium rifle in the early 1960s to the development of Transit, the direct predecessor of the GPS satellite system that allows pilots and car drivers to find their destinations automatically’ – Edward Luttwak on the US Government’s Defense Advanced Research... View details ⇨
The news coming out of Gambia is that Yahya Jammeh will concede defeat to Adamu Barrow, the property developer who opposed him in Thursday’s presidential election. How a new government might change Gambia is uncertain, however.
‘A gormless, love-hungry 70-year-old child, a sort of feral president, an evil Chauncey Gardiner, as much the dupe in his own confidence scheme as he is its perpetrator, and utterly at the mercy of whichever voice just whispered in his ear’ – Jonathan Lethem on you know who, a preview from our new issue.
‘For a psychologist, the striking thing is the magnificently determined way he spent twenty years of his life mastering a craft that then turned out to be obsolete, while at the same time remaining in many ways helplessly dependent, irresponsibly juvenile’ – John Bayley on Joseph Conrad, born #otd in 1857, from the #LRBarchive.
‘The dim, gothic world of European high fashion, with its skeletal, undead-looking patrons, its creepy family connections, its pale and constricted ingénues’ – Jenny Turner on Donatella Versace and her brother Gianni, who was born #otd 70 years ago.
In August, a poll of 213 GPs and 294 practice managers found that in the previous five months, 85 per cent were missing records of recently registered patients, 65 per cent had experienced shortages of clinical supplies or delays in deliveries, and 32 per cent had suffered from missed or delayed payments. ‘So to summarise,’ one practice manager commented, ‘Capita are doing 60 per cent of the... View details ⇨
‘Very little about HS2 has made sense, and politicians, nervous of being seen to dither, are always in a hurry’ – Christian Wolmar, Labour’s candidate in today’s Richmond Park by-election, on HS2, from 2014.
‘The worst-sited major airport in the world’ – in 1998, the MP Ian Gilmour wrote about Heathrow for the LRB. On the eve of the Richmond Park by-election, triggered by the UK government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow, his reflections bear repeating. Read more: lrb.me/bt0