Henry Porter

Henry Porter is a novelist and political columnist for the Observer newspaper in London. Since 2005 he has been chronicling the attack on liberty and rights in Britain and has written over 100 columns on the subject.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 9:53am
Forget Romney's Gaffes – The Real Worry is He Has Got Nothing to Say
How is it possible for a competent and fluent person such as Mitt Romney, a man who founded a successful private equity business, saved the Salt Lake Olympics, and was governor of a state, Massachusetts – turning round its finances and, in the process, showing glimmers of enlightenment in health and gun control – to make such a complete and utter Horlicks of his visit to London on the eve of the Olympics? All that is required of any foreign personage is to speed along the line of greeters, murmuring: "Jolly good show – carry on."
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Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 1:17pm
Odd as It May Seem, 2011 is Proving to be a Year of Rebirth
When New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, sent stormtrooper cops – equipped with batons, pepper spray and ear-splitting pain compliance devices – to sweep the Occupy protesters from Wall Street, he was attacked by the American TV commentator Keith Olbermann as "a smaller, more embarrassing version of the tinpot tyrants who have fallen around the globe this year".
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 11:27am
The Horror of a National ID Card System
All the waste and incompetence of the ID card scheme becomes plain when you hear people's stories about their contact with the new UK Borders Agency . This one comes from an acquaintance, who would prefer to remain anonymous, chiefly because he fears retribution if his name is known. It started when his wife, a foreign national, applied under the new laws for her card, which was then issued with a mistake. He writes:
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Sunday, November 9, 2008 - 9:12am
Activism, Involvement and A Pursuit of The Common Good - That's The Key
Standing at the edge of the area reserved for Obama's people in Grant Park, Chicago, I had a good view of the President-elect as he gave his victory speech, but a much better view of the campaigners who had brought about this extraordinary victory, which was just sinking in around me.
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