The Great Well of Hatred

28th February 2015 0

Whenever I heard managers in the National Health Service speak in their peculiar Brezhnevian jargon, a mixture of moral exaltation and tedious bureaucratese, I used to wonder whether what they said actually corresponded to the thoughts that ran through their heads, or whether they had to translate them into langue de bois. A similar question came to my mind when … [Read on]

Fully in love with easeful Marx

25th February 2015 0

Lessons in politics and economics are never learned, at least not so that they never have to be learned again. But few countries are so impervious to experience as Venezuela, the country with the largest oil reserves in the world. This gift of God has been turned into a curse; for whenever the price of oil goes up, the government … [Read on]

An Islamic Munich threatens Italy

23rd February 2015 0

I remember when the EU was the EEC and before that just “The Common Market.’ In those days of my youth it was supposed to be just that, a market for trade. Since then it has become a vast legislature, controlling what we buy, sell, eat, drink, and increasingly how we act and think. The Church of England Bishops see … [Read on]

A rare aboriginal family of British whites

22nd February 2015 0

On a visit to the main general hospital in Oxford today, 19/02/15, I saw something I hardly ever saw while I lived in London; a large white working class family. There was Ma, round-bellied from normal years of obesity and another infant on the way, and five small boys around her feet, all very jolly and having fun, rolling on … [Read on]

Gobbledygook from the Blob

20th February 2015 0

There is a new selection scandal brewing in education, as apparently some schools are still finding ways to cream off the cleverest children, who often happen to come from middle-class homes, i.e. the ones which have books. Dame Sally Coates, who turned around Burlington Danes Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham in West London, has demanded an independent review of school … [Read on]

The Church of Labour

19th February 2015 0

With his declaration that the bombing of Dresden, seventy years ago, was tragic and war is a terrible thing, even the one against the Nazis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has led the way for his colleagues in Christ to get political, something we haven’t seen since the time of Mrs Thatcher. This week, a group of C of … [Read on]

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