Scrutophobia

11th April 2019 25

May’s “government” adds censorship to its fool’s repertoire I should declare an interest, for I count Sir Roger as a friend from a day in 1985 when he was in danger of violence from a mob of the lumpen intelligentsia at York University who shouted him down and issued threats to his very existence. His address was about the importance … [Read on]

Mary Seacole: Divide and Rule ?

3rd April 2019 15

Book here for Lecture; Mary Seacole: Myths in the Making of the Nursing Profession. 10th April King’s College. You can end up doing a hell of a lot of harm when you set out to do some good. For example, it was said yesterday that a new £50 note should recognise the contribution made by Britain’s diverse communities by featuring … [Read on]

New Zealand Terrorist attack. Making it worse

19th March 2019 7

It was entirely predictable, and now it has come to pass. In a fatuous, pointless, useless, sentimental gesture, the government of New Zealand is to tighten up the country’s gun laws. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday, “Our gun laws will change.” She amplified her remark: “This ultimately means that, within ten days of this horrific act of terrorism, we … [Read on]

Let’s all black up

26th February 2019 4

Would you believe it? Here’s a twenty-one-years-old particle physics and cosmology honours graduate who can’t get a job as a police constable – no, not even when his father is a senior officer in the force. Matthew Furlong was described by his interviewing panel for the Cheshire Constabulary as, “Very good. He could not have done any more.” The chairman … [Read on]

We’re so excited – not

30th January 2019 2

“About twenty-five years ago I had an idea for a novel. I had already published three novels, but this one was different. I produced an outline plot and about fifty pages of text. I hawked the project around a dozen or fifteen publishing houses, but I couldn’t raise any interest. I quickly learned why my work was being rejected. To … [Read on]

Act II of the Munich Surrender

13th January 2019 4

In his magnificent biography of Churchill, Andrew Roberts tells us that, when speaking of the Tory party – and especially its leaders – the Great Man always referred to them as They or Them. He despised most so-called Tories as irresolute, spineless and feeble: even as traitors. That was true in the 1930s when the party was committed to appeasing … [Read on]

Forging the manacles of PC

29th December 2018 7

The home secretary – that interesting man Sajid Javid – recently declared the greatly increased number of immigrants’ boats in the Channel “a major crisis.” Then he took himself off on holiday 6000 miles away, from where he has since had the courtesy to telephone and tell us that he doesn’t intend to deploy patrol boats to deal with this … [Read on]

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