Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Stranger than Fiction- the extraordinary story of Edgar Wallace



You can listen to an interview with me on BBC Radio Oxford, talking about my new book 'Stranger than Fiction- The Life of Edgar Wallace'- here. The interview starts at 2hrs 6mins.

I'm confused, can anyone help me? (Part Three)



Guess what- I'm still confused. The latest in my series for RT.com OpEdge.

I’m confused. The first thing I’m confused about is democratic legitimacy after elections are held in war-torn countries.

You can read the whole piece here
 

Let's make Public Ownership the election deal breaker


My latest Public Ownership column for the Morning Star.


NEIL CLARK assesses the insurgent parties’ policies on nationalisation – and offers a voting strategy to strike fear into every MP





 
 
 
IN the Morning Star last month I looked at what the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Labour and Ukip had to offer us in relation to public ownership. Or to be more accurate, what they didn’t have to offer us.

Another five years of the present coalition — or a Conservative majority government — will mean the end of the NHS and see the sell-off of the remaining assets in public ownership, including Britain’s main trunk roads.

So, if you do want to see Richard Branson or some other billionaire capitalist in charge of the M1, as well as rail routes, hospital services and the Met Office), our publicly owned woodlands flogged off to the highest bidder and our libraries either closed or run by US multinationals, then simply vote Conservative or Lib Dem.

You can read the whole piece here.







 


 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Heatwave at Halloween

My new piece for Sputnik UK- the new site of Voice of Russia

During one of the warmest British autumns on record, with the temperature touching 24C on Halloween day politicians from the country’s main parties conspicuously dropped all talk about climate change and the environment.
It's Christmas Day 2035 in Britain and the temperature is a balmy 22 degrees Celcius. The evening news shows pictures of people sunbathing on the beach in Bournemouth. Christmas barbecues are held throughout the country. People attend church services in short-sleeves. Sounds a bit fetched? Perhaps. But then, twenty-odd years ago, so too would the prospect of people enjoying a day on the beach in temperatures of over 20C on Halloween.

You can read the whole of the piece here.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Vladimir Putin- demonised for thwarting the neocon plan for global domination.

My latest piece for RT.com OpEdge- on why western elites are demonising the Russian President- and want you to hate him too.

The continuing attacks on Vladimir Putin and Russia by members of the western political, military and journalistic elite tell us one thing – the Russian President is doing a good job both for the people of his country and in the international arena.
For it is a rule which invariably holds true – if the Western elites praise the leader of a foreign country it means he is doing something which is good for those elites and bad for his country. If he’s demonized, as Putin is, it’s the other way round.

You can read the whole piece here.

The Bullying of Hungary- the country that dared to disobey the EU and US



My new piece for RT.com OpEdge on the bullying of Hungary.

25 years ago, Hungary was being toasted in the West for opening its border with Austria to East Germans, in a move which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now the Western elites are not happy with Budapest which they consider far too independent.
The refusal of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party to join the new US and EU Cold War against Russia, which has seen the Hungarian parliament approving a law to build the South Stream gas pipeline without the approval of the European Union, in addition to the populist economic policies Fidesz has adopted against the largely foreign owned banks and energy companies, has been met with an angry response from Washington and Brussels.

The whole of the piece can be read here.  

Tally ho! The elite's new bloodsport: Russell Brand-hunting



My piece for RT.Com OpEdge on the attacks by members of the Elite Journos Club on Russell Brand.

Fox hunting is no longer legal in Britain. But there’s a new blood sport this autumn - Russell Brand hunting.
Members of the ‘hegemonic consensus’ supporting Elite Journos Club have been competing with one another to see who can write the most condescending and ‘eviscerating’ reviews/articles on Brand and his new book ‘Revolution’.
Brand was acceptable when he was doing stand-up comedy and keeping off the politics, but now that he’s dissing the British system of parliamentary democracy and calling for radical change it’s open season on him. It’s a case of “Set the hounds on that bearded ‘semi-literate’ hippy! Tally ho!”

You can read the whole article  here.

The Glory that was Crossroads....

This new piece of mine on the classic soap opera Crossroads, from the  Daily Express. 

It was the soap opera set in a Midlands motel than ran for 24 years and in its heyday was more popular than Coronation Street.
Crossroads may have disappeared from our television screens but the much-loved and often much-derided series is far from forgotten.
This week sees the 50th anniversary of the broadcasting of the first ever episode and to mark the occasion the surviving stars of the soap will be reunited on the Paul O’Grady Show on BBC Radio 2.

You can read the whole piece here.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Don't Watch RT!



As RT UK launches, attacks on the channel in the British media have stepped up…
The latest is a piece by Mr. Cyril Waugh-Monger, a very important newspaper columnist for the NeoCon Daily, a patron of the Senator Joe McCarthy Appreciation Society and author of 'Why the Iraq War was a Brilliant Idea' and 'The Humanitarian Case for Bombing Syria.'

Read here for more......

Red scarecrows: RT UK launches, mainstream trolls



New interview with me on RT on the neocon/ 'liberal interventionist' McCarthyite attacks on the channel.

Harold Wilson: The Russophile at Number 10



Imagine a British Prime Minister who was a Russophile, not a Russophobe, and defied US pressure to send UK troops to war. A British Prime Minister who worked for better relations with the East, visited Moscow, and was on good terms with Kremlin leaders.
Well, it might sound unlikely today, but forty years ago we had such a Prime Minister. In October 1974, Harold Wilson was puffing away merrily on his pipe celebrating his fourth election victory out of five.
Looking back at the Wilson era is instructive as it shows us how much British politics has changed for the worse since the 1970s.

You can read the whole of my article on Harold Wilson: The Russophile at Number 10, here

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stranger than Fiction- The Life of Edgar Wallace by Neil Clark



SIGNED COPIES OF MY NEW BOOK
STRANGER THAN FICTION- THE LIFE OF EDGAR WALLACE, PUBLISHED BY THE HISTORY PRESS, CAN BE ORDERED ON THE FORM ON THE TOP RIGHT. CHOOSE IF YOU WANT YOUR SIGNED COPY SENT TO A UK, EUROPEAN OR WORLDWIDE ADDRESS, AND CLICK ON 'ADD TO CART' TO PURCHASE


STRANGER THAN FICTION
THE MOST INCREDIBLE TRUE-LIFE STORY YOU’LL EVER READ!

HE WAS THE AUTHOR OF OVER 170 BOOKS, TRANSLATED INTO MORE THAN THIRTY LANGUAGES. MORE FILMS WERE MADE OF HIS BOOKS THAN ANY OTHER TWENTIETH-CENTURY WRITER….
EDGAR WALLACE, THE ILLEGITIMATE SON OF A TRAVELLING ACTRESS, ROSE FROM POVERTY IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND TO BECOME THE MOST POPULAR AUTHOR IN THE WORLD AND A GLOBAL CELEBRITY OF HIS AGE.
HE SCOOPED THE SIGNING OF THE BOER WAR PEACE TREATY WHEN WORKING AS A WAR CORRESPONDENT, BEFORE ACHIEVING SUCCESS AS A FILM DIRECTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT.
AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS SUCCESS, HE WAS EARNING A VAST FORTUNE, BUT THE MONEY WENT OUT AS FAST AS IT CAME IN. FAMOUS FOR HIS THRILLERS, WITH THEIR FANTASTIC PLOTS, IN MANY WAYS EDGAR WALLACE DID NOT WRITE HIS MOST EXCITING STORY- HE LIVED IT.

‘IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE THRILLED BY EDGAR WALLACE,‘ SAID THE BLURB ON WALLACE’S BOOKS. INDEED, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE THRILLED BY HIS RAGS-TO-RICHES STORY, TOLD HERE IN STRANGER THAN FICTION!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Can Labour recreate its election success of 40 years ago?



My new politics column for Voice of Russia UK.

......In the previously safe Labour seat of Heywood and Middleton, UKIP came within 600 odd votes of beating Labour. It was very poor result from a Labour perspective- and ironically came on the 40th anniversary of one of the party's most impressive victories- in the October 1974 general election. As Labour licked its wounds in Greater Manchester, BBC Parliament was showing a replay of the election night coverage from forty years ago. I hope Ed Miliband was watching- as there’s lots that Labour could learn from the stance his party took in 1974.

You can read the whole piece here.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Very vicious circle: UK govt hypes terror threat its policies create



My new piece for RT.com OpEdge.

If the UK government really sought to keep the nation safe from terrorism, it would stop meddling in the internal affairs of Mideast states instead of hyping the Islamic terror threat, and at the same time, doing everything for it to be in place.
Exactly 70 years ago this autumn, British civilians faced a very real terror threat - in the shape of Nazi Germany’s V-2 rockets. While exactly 40 years ago, an IRA bombing campaign brought ‘The Troubles’ of Northern Ireland to the British mainland.
What is interesting about the events of 1944 and 1974 is that the government downplayed the threat to citizens, even though the threat of being killed or injured in the violence was greater than it is now. A V-2 rocket attack, for instance, killed 160 shoppers on one occasion.
Today though, with Islamic terrorism, the opposite has happened.

You can read the whole piece here.