How literary criticism replaced real politics

Calais Jungle, January 2016 by Malachy Browne

After David Cameron’s “gaffe” at prime minister’s questions last week, many will no doubt be wondering just what the appropriate term for a group of migrants is.

Bunch”, it was made clear, is off the table. Perhaps it should be a “school”, as in fish? A “murder”, as in crows? Or maybe even a “swarm”?

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