The Revolution devours its Children

29th March 2021 8

In a manner reminiscent of the denunciation culture of the Soviet Union,when children denounced their parents, mothers their sons and fathers their wives, a senior policeman, interviewed on BBC Radio 4 today, urged parents to take their son to the nearest police station if they thought he had committed a sexual crime. In addition all those who had been victims … [Read on]

Professor John Vincent.’ An early case of cancellation

27th March 2021 4

Extract from his TIMES Obituary 27th March 2021 ‘Mrs Thatcher is the point at which all snobberies meet, intellectual snobbery, social snobbery, the snobbery about scientists among those educated in the arts, the snobbery of the metropolis about the provincial, the snobbery of the south about the north, and the snobbery of men about career women.’ Comment by the Editor … [Read on]

Teachers led by Cowards

27th March 2021 22

The events at Batley Grammar School in Yorkshire, where the showing of a cartoon of the prophet Muhammed during an RE lesson has resulted in angry demonstrations outside the school, a teacher in hiding, and a grovelling apology from the headmaster, are as depressing as they are predictable. The reaction from local Muslims hardly needs comment. It is the cowardly … [Read on]

On madness

23rd March 2021 3

‘You don’t have to be mad to work here…etc.’ It wasn’t very funny the first time round when this adage began appearing on office walls a few decades ago. But it did demonstrate the casual attitude to madness, something very few people actually encounter red in tooth and claw unless they have sufferers in their family or work professionally with … [Read on]

The Pope and the Princess

12th March 2021 19

On the 7th of March Pope Francis, an 84 year old man, arrived in Iraq, one of the most dangerous spots on earth. A country where religious wars have brought death to millions, where to step outside your door might mean your family may never see you again, where amid fantastic wealth, tens of thousands live on the breadline. This … [Read on]