What Moral Authority is in there in Islam?

9th February 2015 0

The Guardian is to be commended for its report of the killing of the Jordanian Air Force pilot, Muadh al-Kasebeh by the so-called Islamic State. It called it murder, which is what it was; by contrast, it called the killing of terrorists in Jordan, executions, correctly, for the terrorists had been sentenced according to law, with at least an opportunity … [Read on]

Nazism – Left or Right?

6th February 2015 2

I’ve always had a problem with the way the media, not so much the offending parties themselves, endlessly define extreme nationalist, anti-Semitic groups as “extreme right”. The anniversary of the Holocaust always give rise to this assignation, thrown around willy nilly. It’s a strange label that routinely goes unchallenged. The implication is clear: the further “right” you go on the … [Read on]

You’re not nutting me off, are you, doctor?

4th February 2015 0

I was not in the least surprised that the Equality and Human Rights Commission came to the conclusion that patients detained in psychiatric hospital have five times the risk of preventable death as psychiatrically ill people in prison. Having worked in both types of institution, I had long suspected as much. The prisoners in knew were in general far more … [Read on]

Guilty until you can prove yourself innocent

3rd February 2015 0

Political correctness is an increasing threat to the rule of law. First the immemorial rule that no man could be tried twice for the same crime was abrogated in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence case and the subsequent, egregious Macpherson Report, a low point in the extensive history of British official moral cowardice. Now the Director of Public Prosecutions … [Read on]

Guilty until you can prove yourself innocent

3rd February 2015 0

Political correctness is an increasing threat to the rule of law. First the immemorial rule that no man could be tried twice for the same crime was abrogated in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence case and the subsequent, egregious Macpherson Report, a low point in the extensive history of British official moral cowardice. Now the Director of Public Prosecutions … [Read on]

I am your bank, here to mess you around

2nd February 2015 0

Last week I had my own little banking crisis. Having accepted the bank’s suggestion that I print my own statements direct from the internet, I discovered that the bank then set out to drive me mad. ‘To obtain your statement,’ said the webpage, ‘simply click on the link below.’ Unfortunately, there was no link below. I tried various methods to … [Read on]

Anorexia, the highest state of grace of the 21st century

26th January 2015 0

The economics of fashion shows, like those of football, are to me mysterious. The majority of football clubs make a loss, sometimes a substantial one, yet they continue to play their players millions, the wage bill being by far their principal cost. I can only surmise that such clubs are elaborate tax avoidance schemes. The peculiarity of fashion shows is … [Read on]

When Portugal almost became Europe’s Cuba

24th January 2015 0

The other night I was at Sofia’s Red House for Culture and Debate – a discussion venue which doubles as a shelter from the cold. The ostensible occasion was Portuguese Film Lab Day, a day of screening for Portuguese documentaries and arty movies with political themes. First up was a movie about the revolution of 25 April 1974. For the … [Read on]

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