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Wednesday, April 04, 2007



Just because Gary Younge calls him a fascist doesn't mean that he was: in fact it frequently pays, when reading Younge's work, to assume the opposite of what he asserts, cf(as well)Lee Jasper.

As to Dennis, he was clearly an extraordinary man and one would be foolish to attempt to attach such a one size fits all label to him. He would not have seen himself as a member of the right or the left, but definitely as a rebel against the establishment and the consensus: a much more intelligent, imaginative and creative Jose Bove if you will.


Awhile back I happened upon a fascinating book on the passing phenomenon: Passing: When People Can't Be Who They Are, by Brooke Kroeger:

It's an easy, journalistic read.


Here's how my father taught me about it. He took me to watch South of Scotland vs The Springboks back in the early 60s. He made sure we arrived early so that we could go and see The Boks get out of their coach. Against a background of white people and grey sky, many of the Boks were obviously of mixed race. (Quite unlike cinema film of South Africa, where the sky would be bright and the comparison would be with black people.) When the teams came out I looked in my programme and noticed that it was the Boks with the Boer names who were mixed race - the men with the British names were white. On the way back from the match, we discussed both the rugby and the hypocrisy of the race classification scheme in South Africa and the Boers who had introduced it. Subtle old boy, eh?


Thanks. That's the book I mention in my article.

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