Brexit Britain: A financial Noah’s Ark in the coming deluge?

31st August 2016 9

As anyone who has been a foreign correspondent will tell you, taxi drivers – at least those who speak at least some English – are the fount of all wisdom. I have been to countries of which I learnt nothing more than what the taxi driver told me on the way from the airport – everything else was but confirmation. … [Read on]

A £10 charge to attend A & E.

26th August 2016 3

I was staggered to learn that only 327,000 people entered Britain last year. Not only are our borders open to all comers but on arrival they find the ground strewn with roses in the form of a free health service, free housing, free education, subsidised travel and virtually no tax. It is not surprising that the NHS is falling apart, … [Read on]

A robbery that went right

25th August 2016 4

I was reading an article in Le Figaro the other day about the case in Texas of Jeffery Wood, a man under sentence of death (for the last twenty years) for having participated in a robbery in the course of which his associate, who entered the store whose safe they intended to rob, shot dead the keeper of the store … [Read on]

Driving in France

17th August 2016 4

While driving in France recently I picked up a young hitch-hiker. I give a lift to young hitch-hikers whenever I can as a symbolic means of thanking all those (most of whom must now, alas, be dead) who gave me a lift all those years ago when I was a young hitch-hiker. [pullquote]Stop Press: Brexit. Experts forecast UK weather will … [Read on]

House of Lords: Why Pseudo-Lords are pro-EU

17th August 2016 7

Legislative chambers of sage elders are politically unfashionable, though they crop up oddly often in science-fiction films set on other planets. While in galactic fantasy (particularly American galactic fantasy), vaguely imagined senior councils of wise dudes are standard fare, for many of Britain’s proudly bland corporate types the fact their country still has one of these things for real touches … [Read on]

European culture; The Greatest Civilising Force in History

17th August 2016 2

THE UNDERDEVELOPMENT OF EUROPEAN PRIDE The most powerful moral assault on European pride and identity is the idea that Western civilisation achieved its greatness, industrial economic take-off in the eighteenth century, and subsequent mass affluence in the twentieth century, by exploiting and under-developing the rest of the world. This is one of the biggest lies inflicted on millions of European … [Read on]

EU Crisis in September; Sarajevo revisited

10th August 2016 5

This July 1st, the Friday one week after Britain’s voters demanded it leave the European Union, something happened in Austria which threatens to create uproar. This unfolding scandal might easily dwarf pro-EU propaganda efforts to smear and intimidate Leave voters in the Brexit referendum. Austria’s Constitutional Court announced that the result of its May presidential election was null and void. … [Read on]

Arabs who kill are mentally ill; nothing to do with religion ?

7th August 2016 13

I was in France when a friend told me that a woman had been stabbed to death in Russell Square and five other people injured. He challenged me to guess the origins of the perpetrator. A little later, I looked at a report of the incident on the website of the Guardian newspaper. There was no mention in the article of … [Read on]

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