Theodore Dalrymple on leaving the Veronese exhibition at the National Gallery, comes across a drugged young woman with dreadlocks collapsed in the portico….

11th May 2013 0

A well-known conclusion of political philosophy, as well as of the most elementary reflection upon life, is that not all human desiderata are compatible one with another. This is so because Mankind not only is capable of desiring, but always desires something and its opposite at the same time. We desire, for example, both security and excitement, both freedom and … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple is unpersuaded that wrongdoing is unintentional and only needs ‘working with’ ***see full text***

5th April 2013 0

The belief that everyone can be persuaded by argument to behave well is, I suppose, a corollary of the notion that no man does wrong knowingly. The task of the moralist, then, is to get people to understand the true nature of their conduct, to educate them; and once this is done, the reprehensible conduct will cease by itself. This … [Read on]

Were the Sex Pistols inspired by Bach?

25th March 2013 0

A friend in France having recommended the film The Grand Budapest Hotel, I went to see it recently. Tastes evidently vary, even among friends. The film was a long and painfully extended joke about Central Europe that was not very funny to begin with and the script was completely without the wit that might just have carried off the original … [Read on]

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