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Rule Britannia: Begging, Boozing, Bugging and Burgling

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Review: Simon Parkes, Black Flag (independently published, 2017), pp. 458, RRP £9.99  “Those memory sticks you had analysed, the circumstantial evidence you’ve gathered surrounding them, the Mossad guy, the woman from Six,” said the American. “It’s…

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Those Thoughts

How summer sparkles, when there’s no sun to be seen. Too scared to sleep or wake, strapped in sweat-sodden sheets. But for my radio – stamping out the silence, stifling them below.   (Do you still hear, those thoughts? It’s the … Continue reading

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Justice for Daniel Morgan 30 Years On

Jonathan Rees was drinking with his business partner, 37-year-old private investigator Daniel Morgan, at the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, on 10 March 1987. Morgan left the pub at 9pm, fifteen minutes after Rees departed. As Morgan unlocked … Continue reading

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A Scandal in Soho

Since 2013 the Met Police’s Operation Joseph, an internal inquiry under the auspices of the Directorate of Professional Standards Anti-Corruption Command, has been investigating the relationship between officers of the Westminster licensing unit and the owners of clubs, pubs and bars … Continue reading

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Lowlife Literature: The Gilt Kid

 ‘You still in the racket?’ he asked. ‘You mean am I still in the same game?’ ‘Sure. Use your loaf. What the hell else would I mean?’ ‘Yes. There’s nothing else for it when you’ve once been inside.’   One … Continue reading

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Rich Relations: Britain, Bahrain and Police Brutality

Bahrain, the kingdom of the two seas. A mainly Shia people of 1.4 million ruled by a minority Sunni elite. The despotic Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa heads this nominal constitutional monarchy. A good egg, Mons Officer Cadet School (now Sandhurst) educated. … Continue reading

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Zeitgeist Slices: Cocaine Nights

Which book captures the spirit of the age for you? Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta? Philip K Dick’s The Penultimate Truth? Maybe Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World? Or George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four? In two essays for the Guardian, journalists and readers select their choice of … Continue reading

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