The Perpetual Prime Minister

19th March 2019 6

Despite the parliamentary and governmental chaos, the coronation of Theresa May as Brexit Queen will be accomplished. Somehow, she will win her third meaningful vote. The DUP will be bribed to support her deal with cosmetic legal assurances concerning the backstop, and by the promise of extra cash – the latter being much the more persuasive. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the principled … [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]

Islamophobia or Common Sense ?

19th March 2019 5

Decent people of all faiths and political persuasions will have been appalled at the carnage at a mosque in New Zealand, where a lone gunman and confessed Nazi-sympathiser opened fire on worshippers. Subsequent media analysis has inevitably focused on the activities of far-right extremists and white supremacists, whose targets in recent years have included Muslims, Jews, and teenagers at a … [Read on]

Brexomania

15th March 2019 0

This article is in the current edition of the Salisbury Review out now I don’t suppose that there were many in the country who managed entirely to avoid talking about Brexit. The debate was simultaneously important and dull, in that respect rather like Mrs May. Passion in discussion was not necessarily proportional to knowledge, and many people gave up talking … [Read on]

Dirty Thoughts

14th March 2019 2

This article first appeared in this edition of the Salisbury Review There is no longer anyone pure enough in mind to present the Oscars 2019. Of all the actors in the world none can be trusted to have enough virtue to be worthy of the honour. In December Kevin Hart, an actor and comedian, was invited to do it, he … [Read on]

A Dog’s Breakfast

11th March 2019 3

This article is in the paper and digital version of The Salisbury Review out today. In one of the cafés nearby the conversation was familiar: weariness with Brexit, a lack of real information because ‘all news is fake’, all politicians are liars and most are involved in a huge conspiracy organised by international capital. The escape from all that duplicity … [Read on]

On all fours to ignorance

11th March 2019 9

Social mores have changed radically recently. After being brought up on the residue of Victorian strictness in the 1960s, passing through the coarse freedom of the 1970s, I am now beached and stranded in a new age where I hardly know what to expect or what to say. The old heirachy of deference; policeman, vicar, teacher, parent, child has been … [Read on]

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