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Star Wars Politics


Everyone seems to have a take on the politics of Star Wars, was it a Cold War allegory, with the Empire as the Soviet Union? Now that death star has been destroyed the Empire is being re-cast by some as the European Union – after all Princess Padmé Amidala (played by Natalie Portman) in Revenge of the Sith is engaged in a trade treaty dispute at the Galactic Parliament. Her people of Naboo, a small constitutional monarchy, could perhaps be the British, which makes Nick Clegg a political Jar Jar Binks.

James Delingpole makes some sound points about the Star Wars fight for freedom, Tyler Durden too over at Zero Hedge makes a case for Star Wars being an example of libertarian myth-making. The New Statesman’s Stephen Bush seems to accept that the heroes are counter-revolutionary freedom fighters against an oppressive galactic state. He even calls the Jedis “Tories”…

One thing is for sure, these are not the Jedis you are looking for:


YouGov have asked the British public which Star Wars character political leaders identify with:

Clearly they think politicians are baddies…

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Build Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Ball Droid

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It’s barely four days since the revelation that the adorable rolling droid in the Star Wars film is a real prop, and already some engineering wizz has worked out how to build one at home. Check out the loveable little fella in action below.

If you fancy making one yourself, just follow Techno’s Blue Peterish instructions…

1. Buy a Sphero robotic ball.

2. Split it in half with a hack-saw.

3. Attach a magnet to the internal shock absorber and stick the ball back together.

4. Make a head out of polyurethane foam.

5. Stick a magnet to the head and get rolling.

Here’s one I made earlier…


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