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]

Theodore Dalrymple finds being swindled by an honest thief preferable to being robbed by his bank

20th March 2013 0

Reading about the recent murderous explosions in Volgograd and their Dagestani perpetrators, I could not help but recall my only visit to Dagestan and its capital, Makhachkala. Although the Soviet Union no longer existed, it was not surprisingly still very Soviet in atmosphere: for it has proved easier to take a country out of the Soviet Union than the Soviet … [Read on]

The Bag Snatcher of Downing Street

19th March 2013 0

Only once have I hit my wife and that was by accident. I was driving in Naples and a motor scooter swerve in front of my car, causing me to stop. At that moment a young man, a pedestrian, opened the rear door and grabbed my wife’s bag sitting, vulnerable, on the back seat. I turned to give him a … [Read on]

Life is tricky in a country that has no national tongue

13th March 2013 0

I was in Morrison’s yesterday and noticed several stacked rows of Lindt chocolate bunnies wrapped in gold paper, lined up in their boxes horizontally, except many of them weren’t; their little chocolate bodies replaced by bunny shaped empty spaces, as many of them had been nicked, purloined, and guzzled before getting anywhere near the till. As I had heard that … [Read on]

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