Latest Issue

Mohammad goes to Brighton

When Ian Buruma visited the Referendum party conference, he expected to find latter-day Mosleyites. Instead he met nostalgic, mild-mannered members of the middle class

By Ian Buruma   December 1996

There are few sights more off-putting, just before lunch, than that of Andrew Roberts’s jowls quivering with glee, as John Aspinall launches into a speech about the sound instincts of English football hooligans. For those not in the know, Andrew Roberts is the young historian with the voluminous jowls and very rightwing opinions. Aspinall, or “Aspers,” is the zoo-keeper, casino owner, and romantic friend of warrior tribes and endangered species. At the Referendum party conference in Brighton, Aspers, who is a parliamentary candidate for the “Refs” in Folkestone, spoke on “that great endangered species,” the Englishman. It was the closest…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect