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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Through exploring the psychopathology of Capgras syndrome, in which a patient mistakes a loved one for an imposter, The Echo Maker offers a sustained meditation on the ways in which we project our own problems onto other people. As a reflection on the mysteries of consciousness, the novel offers some interesting if not especially new insights into the fuzzy boundaries between scientific and literary interpretations of the mind. Read more

The General Election

Friday, May 06, 2005

I don't have much to say about what was, as in the previous two, a fairly mundane campaign and a wholly anticipated result. Within the limits always going to be imposed by the farcical British electoral system - in which the Conservatives can gain more votes than Labour but fewer seats, or the Lib Dems have a fifth of the vote but only a tenth of Parliament - the result was very pleasing.

Photograph of a polling station with the words 'Don't Sit on the Fence' behind

Sitting on the fence, by Stephen Von Der Heyde [From BBC News: In Pictures]The Conservatives did not get in, and thus can not kick those millions (or is it merely thousands?) of immigrants back to where they belong (a war zone on the other side of the globe will do very nicely, thank-you); the Lib Dems achieved their best result in modern political history, and will have learnt the valuable lesson for next time that they need to focus on - and will gain by - splitting not only the Labour vote, but the Conservative vote as well; and with his reduced majority Tony Blair will no longer be able to govern with such presidential style, and those bills which his party disagrees with (perhaps because they are bad bills, TB?) may now get filtered out, regardless of the lashes of the Whips.

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