Planet 234

Rita Singer reviews
Pacifism, Peace and Modern Welsh Writing by Linden Peach

by Linden Peach

University of Wales Press, £24.99

We live in strange times. As I am writing this review, Prime Minster Johnson has just finished his hapless address to the cameras, talking about pushing his agenda on ‘many fronts’, ‘chopping legs’ and ‘arming’ and ‘fortifying’ himself against ‘swords of Damocles’ that he says the EU is hanging over all our heads. These are not the considered words of a thoughtful man but those of a manipulator. His language of war brutalises, desensitises and makes the formerly outrageous commonplace as it wears out his critics emotionally and his supporters intellectually.

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