Ed Milliband. Captain of the ship of fools that is New Labour

12th November 2014 0

Life throws up very few number ones – real leaders. Such types are usually spotted early, from schooldays onwards. These were the people who walked into a room and commanded attention. When they spoke, people listened. Or perhaps people instinctively liked them. You could call this charisma or gravitas – the very qualities required to be a leader. Most people … [Read on]

Eating people is wrong?

10th November 2014 0

The cannibal killer of Caerphilly, Matthew Williams, was shocked by police taser and died shortly thereafter. Whether he died of the shock by taser we do not yet know; but if he had lived no doubt he would by now have been in prison. That, of course, would have been completely illogical. Had he not been released from prison only … [Read on]

The Order of the Politically Correct

5th November 2014 0

In his great book, Russia in 1839, the Marquis de Custine described the Tsar as having been ‘eagle and insect.’ He was eagle because he soared over society, viewing it from on high; he was insect because he burrowed, like a termite, into every nook and cranny of it. Nothing was too small to be beneath his notice, for the … [Read on]

Say what you mean

4th November 2014 0

Why cannot people say, or write, what they mean? One reason for obfuscation is that it conceals the banality of what the person says or writes. It can also make something simple sound complex, impressive and highly technical. In a world in which we are subliminally humiliated by the fact that we employ technology whose workings we do not in … [Read on]

Feeding the Bed Blockers

1st November 2014 0

I have been a voluntary hospital visitor at a big London teaching hospital for the last three years. I only go in one day a week, it is not much in the way of ‘putting something back,’ but even in those few short hours I have seen quite a lot. At first I was outraged by some of the things … [Read on]

Fear and Loathing in A & E

1st November 2014 0

Patrolling the wards of a big London hospital this week, as a chaplaincy worker, trying not to get up the noses of the nursing staff I settled down by an elderly man, Mr T who seemed very keen to chat. I quickly realised that though the NHS is a great and brilliant institution which we all love, it’s easy to … [Read on]

Discriminating against brain surgeons with learning difficulties

1st November 2014 0

I have just discovered further shocking news about disgraceful inequalities in British society. Private schooling was found to be an advantage in the graduate labour market UK graduates who went to private schools earn thousands of pounds more, on average, than their state-educated peers, research finds. The study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies says the pay gap is more than … [Read on]

Good News & Bad

1st November 2014 0

I had to go to hospital today for my six months check up after having cancer in 2010. The wait in the corridor for the results is never pleasant, as with just a few words a doctor can change your whole world and predict very accurately when it’s going to end. No matter how many times you go through this … [Read on]

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