Hugh McManners Blog

Edward St Aubyn Baffles Me

I’ve just read a long article in the New Yorker about English literary fiction writer Edward St Aubyn. The Yanks have so many great modern writers, I’m baffled as to why do they want...

Big Mistake not to Understand Russia

What a difference twenty years makes…  We used to have intelligence experts who understood Russia, through all its turmoils from Imperial serfdom, communism, Soviet Union through to western acolyte as a Democracy-in-Waiting.  But all...

Inequality has Grounded the Star Man

I’ve just read a leaflet from The Socialist Party, punting for the European Parliament Elections in two weeks, as part of the World Socialist Movement.  I loved what I read.  But it’s not a solution....

No Comment from Putin – or Obama

I’ve spent time in Russia and am totally up-to-date with the intense Russian debate over this whole crisis. I am very much not a supporter of Putin – or Russian corruption. But the latter...

Ukraine Civil War Now Inevitable

So how responsible can an ex-KCB advocatus diaboli president be for events that he predicted? For the strangling of a heavily-pregnant ethnic Russian cleaner trying to do her job in Odessa’s Trade Unions House (pictured above...

Oil versus Communism

(With acknowledgement to Nigel Molesworth) When is it OK to send in military forces to intervene in the affairs of another country? Answer: when the UN Security Council vote to say you can…. But...