Raped while eating a Mac

23rd February 2018 0

The Department of Health recently reported that ‘Ultra-processed’ foods may be linked to cancer. These included pot noodles, ready meals, cakes and confectionery with long lists of additives, preservatives, flavourings, sugar, fat and salt. These now account for half of all the food bought by UK families. This followed a D of H warning the previous January, that nearly a … [Read on]

Oxfam – The self righteous exposed

22nd February 2018 4

The Oxfam debacle has cruelly exposed modern egalitarian liberalism – and the self-righteous band of professional humanitarians, social justice warriors and human rights activists that espouse it – for what it really is. From a conservative perspective, the only surprise is that anyone should be surprised at the ugly reality behind the mask. I have long found Oxfam shops horribly … [Read on]

Love in the Time of ADHD

22nd February 2018 3

Public displays of emotion and the medicalisation of the self: the two-headed zeitgeist of my generation. Self-importance masquerading as vicarious suffering, histrionic displays of self-pity disguised as the spreading of empathy; feeling the pain so that you don’t have to. That’s us – me and my generation – those of us still plausibly young, but old enough to remember a … [Read on]

Heresy in the House of Progressive Education

20th February 2018 12

In my twenty-seven years of teaching, I have always been doubtful of the “progress” of education, especially that of higher education, which makes me, for all intents, a heretic. I have seen the latest trends in teaching methodology and testing come and go and be repeated for decades, none of them improving student learning. Despite these efforts, most of which … [Read on]

Banged to Rights

19th February 2018 7

I was sitting on a bench at the side of the custody office in a police station one night trying to look as if I was minding my own business when a suspect who had just been arrested was brought in. ‘Take that hat off,’ barked the custody sergeant as he began the process of taking the man’s details. ‘It’s … [Read on]

The Care Home Worker’s Tale

14th February 2018 12

I work in a care home for the former residents of our old asylums. Men and women who do not speak, but spend their days staring at their hands and screaming, men and women who wear nappies, or colostomy bags, who perform fast and rigid rocking motions, or persist in standing up, sitting down, violently flailing their arms, even when … [Read on]

Allergies are breeding like Rabbits

12th February 2018 6

I’m as liberal as the next person – but there are limits. A new film based on Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, a lady of the utmost probity, shows Peter’s young relations pelting a man with blackberries, even though they know – get this, they know the man (who we should now properly call ‘the victim’) – is allergic to … [Read on]

Dacca by the Thames

9th February 2018 4

A metastasis of apartment blocks, the ubiquitous design differentiated merely by an exterior paint job. Cranes mark where another few degrees of vista will be obscured. Just when it seems every possible gap has been filled, magically another site is cleared and the pile-driving resumes. Parsimoniously-sized flats for the urban dweller, cheaply constructed with a narrow balcony overlooking the railway line. … [Read on]

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