Theodore Dalrymple; Mrs May, empty words before capitulation

8th October 2016 2

It takes a certain gift to combine cliché with error, but Mrs May – to judge by her recent big speech to the Conservative Party Conference – appears to have it in full. In so far as the speech did not consist of the most hackneyed and empty phrases, it could have been delivered by any Labour leader before Mr … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple; What’s in a Word?

27th September 2016 0

What’s in a word, and how much can it express? Sometimes quite a lot, if it’s just the right one. The other day I had an example of how much a single well-chosen word can convey. I was at a conference to give a talk; it was held in a hotel in the country, not an old inn or country … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple. Corbyn’s Labour Party; Freedom of Opinion not welcome here

23rd September 2016 2

There was a time when taking the pledge meant abjuring strong drink, but members of the Labour Party will soon have to take a different pledge: to abjure strong language online. Apparently Labour MPs have been inundated, or whatever the correct term for it is, by abusive electronic messages. One MP alone, Ruth Smeeth, has received 25,000 abusive messages, including … [Read on]

Theodore Dalrymple; Sacks of Gold in Brussels.

13th July 2016 1

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]

Theodore Dalrymple; Heroin

1st July 2016 4

The headline of a story written in the Guardian newspaper by an American doctor caught my attention recently. It went as follows: ‘Heroin killed my brother 38 years ago. Too many still suffer in its clutches.’ The author stated, movingly, that the death of his brother more than thirty years ago affected him still and indeed that, in a sense, … [Read on]

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