If I were a novelist, I should take José Manuel Barroso as the model for my hero, or perhaps I should say my anti-hero. Only Stendhal, or perhaps Balzac, could do justice to his trajectory in life: from revolutionary Maoist student to Prime Minister of Portugal to chief apparatchik of the European Union to vice-president of Goldman-Sachs with special responsibility … [Read on]
Brussels August 2017; Theresa May will sign the surrender documents followed by a General Election.
Interesting facts about the killing of black males by police officers from Robert Searfoss
Pride is perhaps the worst of sins, for it is often at the root of many others such as anger and avarice. One finds it in unexpected places, for example in an article in the Guardian newspaper about the horrors of pro-Brexit Britain. The author (whom I shall not name to spare him his blushes) obviously subscribes to the bien … [Read on]
When it was first suggested to me that vegetables have a highly political nature I was scratching my head, but after no more than a few seconds online I came across a photo of Jeremy Corbyn holding an enormous marrow and my mind was suddenly full of possibilities. If Corbyn, apparently a keen allotment gardener, is the politician of this … [Read on]
Mr Blair’s initial response to the Chilcot Enquiry’s report on the Iraq war was entirely predictable. He said that it had not claimed that he acted in bad faith, with the implication that this in some way justified his actions. The Iraq was but the backdrop to his psychodrama. In a sense, Mr Blair was right that bad faith had … [Read on]
The Canadian government, I see, is thinking of issuing sex-neutral identity cards, presumably on the grounds that some people have not yet chosen the sex they want to be. This, of course, is not going nearly far enough. Has the reactionary and highly oppressive Canadian government never heard of Multiple Personality Disorder, now called Dissociative Identity Disorder in the fifth … [Read on]