Archive for December, 2019

A review of the new, award-winning film “Marriage Story”

December 8th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This is the fifth film that I have seen written and directed by Noah Baumbach, so I know to expect something different in terms of both subject and style, and “Marriage Story” is his best work to date. In spite of the title, it is essentially a story of divorce but it cleverly interweaves the […]

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The crisis in the older democracies

December 6th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Democracy is not so much a stable political system as a work in permanent progress. It takes decades, even centuries, to embed in a society – but, even then, it is never settled and never totally secure. Indeed the distinction between democratic countries and non-democratic countries is a blurred one and it is better to […]

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Please don’t confuse the Jacobites with the Jacobins

December 5th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just finished a six-week evening course at London’s City Literary Institute on the subject of “The Making Of The United Kingdom 1603-1801”. There was frequent reference to the Jacobites. These were people who remained loyal to the Stuart dynasty in exile, headed by the Catholic James, after the Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689 which brought […]

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