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Sunday photoblogging: cormorants

by Chris Bertram on October 14, 2018

Cormorant (or shag?)-2


One taken this morning:

Cliftonwood houses, through Vauxhall Bridge

Sunday photoblogging: Newcastle

by Chris Bertram on September 30, 2018

I was up in Newcastle this week (the first time I’ve visited the city). Lots of dramatic photo-opportunities, particularly of buildings dwarfed by bridges in the city-centre. Unfortunately, at the only time I had to take pictures, the weather was rather overcast.


Sunday photoblogging: window

by Chris Bertram on September 23, 2018


Should immigration laws be respected?

by Chris Bertram on September 19, 2018

I have a short piece in The Nation, Should Immigration Laws Be Respected?. Comment there or comment here. An excerpt:

The rule of law isn’t just about people obeying the law. It is about having a fair system that works for everyone. A system where some states get to impose their will on outsiders who get neither a chance to shape the law, nor the opportunity to defend themselves against incarceration or deportation, isn’t an example of law in action but of naked force. And people don’t have a duty to submit to naked force: they have a right to resist it.

Sunday photoblogging: Tenby

by Chris Bertram on September 16, 2018


Sunday photoblogging: junk shop in Marseille

by Chris Bertram on September 9, 2018

Marseilles- junk shop in the Noailles district

Sunday photoblogging: Chair, Pézenas France

by Chris Bertram on September 2, 2018

Chair, Pézenas

Sunday photoblogging: St Nicholas Market, Bristol

by Chris Bertram on August 5, 2018

St Nicholas Market, Bristol

An act of solidarity in the face of state barbarism

by Chris Bertram on July 25, 2018

Faced with pressure from populist parties, more and more countries in Europe are backsliding on their commitment to refugees. One aspect of that is the EU’s new enthusiasm for Australian-style offshoring and for detention camp like facilities in Europe itself, as well as increased attempts to criminalize those who act in solidarity with refugees. Another is an increase in deportations to countries, like Afghanistan, on the manifestly false pretext that they are now “safe” destinations. Well thank goodness that some among us have the courage to stand against this kind of thing and to set a moral example. There is no obligation on people to comply with unjust immigration laws and often a duty to take a stand against them. So well done Erin Ersson, student at Gothenburg, for preventing, at least for now, the deportation of a man to Afghanistan.

Sunday photoblogging – Window: Marsh Street, Bristol

by Chris Bertram on July 22, 2018

Window: Marsh Street, Bristol

Sunday photoblogging: banana bridge

by Chris Bertram on July 15, 2018

Banana Bridge

Cliff edge ahead!

by Chris Bertram on July 9, 2018

In the early days of Crooked Timber, I think we took ourselves to be under some kind of obligation to react to major current events. That’s rather fallen by the wayside. During the era of Trump and Brexit, I find the thought of having to write about every absurdity and injustice just too damn depressing. But today is one of those moments in British politics that perhaps ought to be marked, since we have had the resignations of David Davis and his deputy Steve Baker at 11.59 last night (DExEU’s Midnight Runners as social media has it) followed by the opportunistic self-release of Boris Johnson into the community today. What has brought this about is a ticking clock. The fact that under the Article 50 process, the UK crashes out of the European Union in March next year. The Tory party have wasted most of the two year process, running a pointless general election then arguing with one another, but failing to negotiate with the EU’s team because they couldn’t agree a common position. Faced with the warnings from industry, the prospect of queues at the ports, empty supermarket shelves, supply chains severed and planes unable to land, those Tories who still have connections outside of the Brexit fantasy have prevailed on Theresa May to put together something that might be at least the start of a solution (even if it looks unacceptable to the EU in its current state). But since May’s Chequers compromise envisages at least having the minimum conditions in place for continued trade with a much bigger partner, that inevitably involves accepting that the UK will have to swallow the EU’s way of doing things. The UK has walked away from a table where it had a powerful voice and put itself in a position where those left around the table get to dictate terms. All too much to bear for the true believers in Brexit and for those who think their future careers depend on ingratiating themselves with the true believers. Cliff edge ahead.

Sunday photoblogging: Steps

by Chris Bertram on July 8, 2018

University of Bristol, Senate House

My book, Do States Have the Right to Exclude Immigrants? has now been published on the continent of North America, so the inhabitants of said continent are invited to buy it. (Amazon doesn’t seem to have stock yet.) By way of advance publicity for the book, and because it was a fun idea anyway, I recorded a podcast with my friend Avery Kolers of the Department of Philosophy at Louisville KY for his show on Forward Radio. You can listen to the podcast now on Soundcloud.