Welcome to the written world of RDN.

RDN is a complicated conservative and a Civilised Right-winger. I am a bit hippy and arty. I am currently working on poems, a memoir, and cultural essays. I nurture hopes of doing a one man show. And I am interested in the spiritual.

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Hating Thatcher

Mrs Thatcher was divisive, illiberal, militaristic and thought there was "no such thing as society". Easy to hate the old bitch, then. And wrong. Read more...

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22 November 2008

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What do conservatives conserve?

Conservatives believe that we ought to preserve many of the values of the past. So how come they like capitalism which keeps changing the world? Read more...

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22 November 2008

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Apparitions? Never seen anything like it.

This extraordinary show stars Martin Shaw. It is premised, like his last, on paranoid conspiracy theories. That's the only description for a scenario which pitches Satan and his minions as - literally - real. How come it's upbeat? Read more...

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21 November 2008

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What’s wrong with liberals?

I don't like the soft-left, liberal, green agenda. Most of that's pretty easy to explain and justify. But the "liberal" thing is tricky. Read more...

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21 November 2008

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Don’t sack Rossy: “Scrap the BBC!”

Charles Moore is wise and clever. But he's wrong to suggest there should be a licence fee strike until Jonathan Ross is fired. That's no way to rid ourselves of smut and smugness on the rates. Read more...

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21 November 2008

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Strictly Come elitism

John Sergeant has sparked the most interesting argument about democracy since - oh, I don't know, since George W Bush did or didn't win the popular vote and was rescued (or not) by the Electoral College in 2004. Read more...

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20 November 2008

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Reasons to be Right

There are obvious reasons not to be on the right of the cultural and political debate. You won't be liked, for start, and people will think you are selfish or even fascist. Here are some reasons in favour. Read more...

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19 November 2008

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Dishing the “Mutton Renaissance”

I can't stand BBC Radio 4's Food Programme. This is odd since it's about my beloved farming industry and food - to which my mind wanders constantly. It's the propaganda I can't stomach. Read more...

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17 November 2008

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Rich Kid, Poor Kid

This marvellous show was like a minute Dickens novella. Of course it was unfair: the odds against the poor little rich girl coming out ahead were very small. And yet one's heart went out to her. Read more...

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16 November 2008

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The nastiness of the right

People flinch whenever one mentions "the right". It's true: right wing arguments are a hard sell. Here goes. Read more...

Published

10 November 2008

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