Gobbledygook from the Blob

20th February 2015 0

There is a new selection scandal brewing in education, as apparently some schools are still finding ways to cream off the cleverest children, who often happen to come from middle-class homes, i.e. the ones which have books. Dame Sally Coates, who turned around Burlington Danes Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham in West London, has demanded an independent review of school … [Read on]

The Church of Labour

19th February 2015 0

With his declaration that the bombing of Dresden, seventy years ago, was tragic and war is a terrible thing, even the one against the Nazis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has led the way for his colleagues in Christ to get political, something we haven’t seen since the time of Mrs Thatcher. This week, a group of C of … [Read on]

Sexual choice in feminism’s 21st Century Harem

15th February 2015 1

I awoke today, 15th January 2015, to the sound of a feminist voice complaining via the BBC. It was the most common current complaint; some man had erred in his sexual behavior with a young girl, and the judge in passing sentence had not been harsh enough. Louise Pennington of the campaign group, Everyday Victim Blaming, was furious because Stuart … [Read on]

***END OF ARTICLE MISSING*The University of Oiks

12th February 2015 0

Posh-basing has escalated recently, dressed up as championing the cause of downtrodden working-class performers. The tabloids seem torn between hailing the achievements of actors Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch, and then telling us they only succeeded because they are privileged, not to mention the inverted snobbery of Labour MP Chris Bryant towards singer James Blunt. Actually hailing from a good … [Read on]

A Quiet Afternoon Sketching

9th February 2015 0

I went to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford yesterday for a lecture on the Euston Road school of painters. Sadly I was a month early, but they told me there was a free drawing class going on down in the cast room. As I’d just been in an art shop and had ready materials I decided to do that. Unfortunately … [Read on]

What Moral Authority is in there in Islam?

9th February 2015 0

The Guardian is to be commended for its report of the killing of the Jordanian Air Force pilot, Muadh al-Kasebeh by the so-called Islamic State. It called it murder, which is what it was; by contrast, it called the killing of terrorists in Jordan, executions, correctly, for the terrorists had been sentenced according to law, with at least an opportunity … [Read on]

Nazism – Left or Right?

6th February 2015 2

I’ve always had a problem with the way the media, not so much the offending parties themselves, endlessly define extreme nationalist, anti-Semitic groups as “extreme right”. The anniversary of the Holocaust always give rise to this assignation, thrown around willy nilly. It’s a strange label that routinely goes unchallenged. The implication is clear: the further “right” you go on the … [Read on]

You’re not nutting me off, are you, doctor?

4th February 2015 0

I was not in the least surprised that the Equality and Human Rights Commission came to the conclusion that patients detained in psychiatric hospital have five times the risk of preventable death as psychiatrically ill people in prison. Having worked in both types of institution, I had long suspected as much. The prisoners in knew were in general far more … [Read on]

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