Alice checks out of the Hotel Brussels

4th April 2019 1

‘I’d like to check out today,’ announced Alice to hotel Concierge Barnier who greeted her with a fixed smile. ‘I trust everything was to your satisfaction,’ was his polite reply. ‘Well, not exactly. The hotel has not really lived up to the five-star billing it received in the tour guide I was given last year.’ ‘Oh, I am very sorry … [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]

Maoist English: A Dictionary

24th March 2019 26

Discourse. A left wing word that has crawled out of counselling. It implies that there is no such thing as a difference of opinion, all opinions being ‘valid’; left wing ones being more valid than others. Narrative. Suggests there is no such thing as an objective account with a clear conclusion. It implies movement toward a revolutionary objective. Perceived. Things … [Read on]

The New Zealand Memory Hole

24th March 2019 9

In the wake of the horrible massacre in Christchurch, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, announced in parliament that she would never pronounce the name of the perpetrator, and forever refer to him only anonymously. In some quarters she has been taken almost as a secular saint who has covered herself with a thick mantle of virtue, but … [Read on]

The Pied Piper of Brussels

24th March 2019 1

Some of us predicted the DUP would cave in, succumb to government bribes and threats, and support Mrs May’s dreadful deal. The threat of a Corbyn government is a potent weapon if you are a beleaguered Unionist in Northern Ireland. But the Unionists showed themselves to be men and women of their word, unlike May, and stood firm on the … [Read on]

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]

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