Theodore Dalrymple is asked if he would like to be the head of the British medical profession, along with quarter of a million other doctors

14th May 2013 0

I was briefly flattered the other day to receive an e-mail from the General Medical Council asking me whether I could be its Chair (meaning Chairman). Then I realised that it was a circular, not an actual invitation to me personally: it had, presumably, been sent to everyone on its e-mailing list. What were the duties of the Chairman? The … [Read on]

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]

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