Archive for March, 2018

How would one summarise the current Chinese political system?

March 2nd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In my recently updated short guide to the Chinese political system, I conclude: The Chinese Communist Party is almost schizophrenic in its economic policies. On the one hand, China is still a communist society but, on the other hand, its economy is more capitalist than most European countries. This contradiction is blurred by language with […]

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A review of “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman

March 1st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In my experience, if one genuinely enquires, very few people are “completely fine” – and Eleanor Oliphant, a finance clerk in Glasgow, is far from this state of bliss. Indeed she is a deeply troubled woman of 30, although only gradually do we discover exactly why in this accomplished first novel by Honeyman. The story […]

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