The demagogic statement by the Shadow Chancellor, Mr McDonnell, that the residents of Grenfell Tower were murdered by political decisions, is proof that he is unfit for public office. It was a grossly inflammatory, as well as erroneous, thing to say; no doubt he would defend it in his own mind as conducing to a Leninist heightening the contradictions. As … [Read on]
Brussels has absolutely no intention of letting Britain leave the EU. Negotiating with their officials is pointless, because without a substantial majority in parliament Theresa May has no negotiating position. This was demonstrated by the cool reaction by European leaders to her generous proposals on the rights of EU citizens in Britain. Only complete capitulation on the absolute right of … [Read on]
“I beg you to save my life, my family needs me…I have made the worst mistake of my life”. For the family of Otto Warmbier, these words, delivered during his confession in March 2016 to a press room of stone-faced DPRK officials, would be the last they ever heard him say. When he was returned to them last week, seventeen … [Read on]
Ideological obsessions manifest themselves nowadays in all the nooks and crannies of intellectual life. The other day, for example, I received an antiquarian book catalogue through the post and enclosed was a bookmark advertising book fairs taking place in the near future. The bookmark also advertised the 30th Annual Conference on Book Trade History to be held at Stationers’ Hall … [Read on]
In the spirit of Jonathan Swift’s ‘Modest Proposal’ is there a good case to be made for nuclear war? There are far too many of us on the planet to allow its survival, and if you think of us as microbes, the world is in need of an antibiotic. It is not a problem of global warming, but the physical … [Read on]
Should ‘Islamophobia’ be added to the diagnostic handbook of the American College of Psychiatrists? Words ending in the syllables ‘phobia’ or ‘phobic’ indicate an irrational fear over which patients have no control. This of course is how an increasingly radicalised BBC wishes the population to view anybody who objects to mass Islamic immigration. Medicalising political dissent however can lead to … [Read on]
Adulation and glee, as a surge in the youthful Labour vote wins Canterbury and other university-graced seats. The Corbyn cult has certainly gained momentum among the financially challenged younger generation, for the crusty Marxist promises of change from the debt-ridden drudgery of Tory Britain. This dalliance with socialist ideology could be viewed as a swing of the political pendulum, but … [Read on]
Dr Zhivago returns to his Moscow house after fighting in the war to find a Soviet has seized his property. Nice Mr Corbyn has similar plans for you.