Not for him the siren song of social injustice

25th June 2014 1

Arriving in one of Britain’s pleasanter provincial cities recently, I took a taxi from the station. The driver, I soon discovered, was Somali. He was delighted that I had been to Somalia – only the second such passenger he had ever had, he said. We talked of the good old days of the dictator, Siad Barre. He was too young … [Read on]

Is it because I’m black?

28th May 2014 0

Returning home from abroad recently, the airline temporarily lost my luggage and promised to deliver it to my house a little later. It did indeed try to do so, but it was at eight in the evening and I was out in a restaurant having dinner with my neighbours. The delivery man left my case at my next door neighbour … [Read on]

Gabriel Hershman is concerned about the effect Britain’s criminal underclass might have on law abiding, hard working Bulgarians

28th May 2014 0

Anyone reading the British tabloids in January 2014 could have been forgiven for imagining that the UK was about to be invaded by Romanians and Bulgarians. If you believed it then Sofia bus station should have resembled the evacuation before the Fall of Saigon in 1975: people fighting over seats, clinging to the top of the bus and even trying … [Read on]

Gabriel Hershman discovers how ‘inequalities’ force young British men to mug elderly ladies in the street

9th May 2014 0

One of the most destructive ‘constructive’ injunctions of our age is that we should always be positive. This is seen at its most pernicious in the title of a book – ‘You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought’. Of course, there are some cases when being positive is better than being negative – like when confronting, for example, … [Read on]

Did you know you were a loan shark?

10th April 2014 0

Last week I had occasion to visit one of the poorest parts of Britain known to me. I have been to other, much poorer parts of the world, of course, but somehow the poorest areas of England are to me the most dispirited and dispiriting. Short of famine and epidemic, almost everywhere else seems almost thriving by comparison. At a … [Read on]

The Church of Engels?

21st March 2014 3

I’ve seen some correspondence among my fellow believing Christians in what’s left of the Church of England in which they declare that they are dismayed by the determination of the powers-that-be to “fast track” the soon-to-be consecrated women bishops into the House of Lords. Sex-discrimination, you might say, at the sacerdotal level One of the letters I saw asked, “Does this … [Read on]

Toffs versus Vulgar Meritocrats

7th March 2014 0

Columnist Jemima Lewis, aka Mrs Dimbleby, is an interesting example perhaps of the way newspapers have changed over the last twenty years, and reflects something of how society has shifted too, from vulgar meritocracy of the Thatcher years, when all journalists including feature writers had to leave the office to investigate and write stories, to well – what we have … [Read on]

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