― The day after I left for Tunisia Eric Hobsbawm died. A former professor at Birkbeck College, he was ‘Britain’s best known Marxist historian’. I suppose he must have been; it said so in the Guardian, though just how many outside the common rooms and beyond the chattering classes knew of this ghastly old fraud is open to question. Now you have a flavour of what is to follow. Read no further if you think it a sin to speak ill of the dead, for I am about to speak ill; Ana’s silver hammer is [...].