Left behind – who and what?

Left behind in Kabul: 700+ Left behind in Kabul are at least 700 interpreters and others who were officially entitled to come to the UK. Everyone knows that. Despite the last-minute best efforts, our government let them down. They should have planned it better and...

Victory is not all it seems, O Taliban!

Victory has seemed complete for the Taliban Victory looked certain once they got to Kabul. The President of Afghanistan seemed to think so and the world’s press agreed but History might not. In a previous blog post, I said they might not get there: many times in...

Culture wars and historical novels

Culture? Am I being pretentious? ‘Culture’ means different things to different people. For some it’s all about The Arts: fine art, the theatre, opera, ballet, and, of course, serious writing, mainly literary fiction. In other words, not all forms of...

Boleyns are hard to get rid of!

Boleyns? What’s new? The Boleyns are the subject of a BBC2 docu-drama on Friday nights. I have watched it so far and learnt a few new things but most of it we have seen before many times in dramas and in other ducumentaries. Although I wish they cast someone in...

Taliban beware! History is not on your side.

The Taliban are the ones to beware of, surely? The Taliban seem to be carrying it al before them in Afghanistan at present. The government and the army of that country seem to offer no real opposition and the rest of the world is doing nothing. How can they lose? They...