On reading the recent articles in the press, there was an incredible amount of delusion concerning both Brady and Hindley. It’s amazing how people like Lord Longford and David Astor insisted on Hindley’s good character, her newly reformed self and her absolute right to freedom, even going so far as to label her a political prisoner. How absurd of David Astor to draw comparisons between … Continue reading The Foolish Wisdom Of The Wise
Garden Bridge project, a load of our public money slung into the river Thames. Continue reading Londoners Stuffed Again
It’s like – you don’t want to think about it. You hear it on the news, some of it sinks in. You catch a photograph of a woman on the bridge, in total and utter shock. She stares at the camera, her eyes ablaze, perhaps she is wondering, ‘why are they taking photographs of me lying on the ground’. This odd conflict between news reportage … Continue reading Woman On The Bridge
The rage across the American political spectrum is ferocious, but the agitation is part of a widening political divide. Trump probably won’t succeed as leader – not because of his bumbling attempts to secure US borders (stupidly perceived as racism), but because of his authoritarianism, hated by the opposition. Jihadists worldwide are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of Western collapse. They are noting the hysteria … Continue reading Don’t Blame Trump – Blame Yourself
Topography – a detailed description or representation on a map of the physical features of an area. Terror – the use of extreme fear to intimidate people, especially for political reasons. (Oxford Dictionary of English) I put off visiting the museum of Gestapo atrocities, aptly called The Topography of Terror. One knows what happened. Why go for total immersion? I have misgivings about the remembrance … Continue reading Topography Of Terror
The Undoing Of America Trump is president-elect of the United States and like all seismic shocks, the actual aftermath is more disturbing than the event itself. Rioting in the streets, predictions of doom and gloom, and in some quarters, a quiet conviction that the devil himself has inherited the earth. Others see Trump as a saviour. Rabbi Mendel Kessin for instance has likened Trump to … Continue reading Why Hillary Clinton Should Be Left Alone
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WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS ELECTION? ? John Chuckman ? Brushing away the extreme claims and rhetoric of much election analysis, there are some observations which deserve attention. These unfortunately mostly provide hard lessons and not a lot of encouragement for people who hold to principles of democracy, enlightenment, and progressivity. The election demonstrated perhaps better… Continue reading JOHN CHUCKMAN ESSAY: WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS ELECTION?
Never mind, now we can all embrace ourselves with a Churchillian spirit – there is a war on again, against terrorism, against the outside. And the British do war so well, particularly nowadays. The British do very well selling arms. The Saudis love it; the Yemenis just get bombed. The Afghans, Libyans, and Iraqis have to flee from British military intervention. And the refugees Britain … Continue reading A New Britain?
Michio Kaku, the nuclear physicist has said, that for the human race to survive it needs to move to the next higher level of relation. We are living in a global society where the problems that face us are of our own making and demand an advanced level of understanding. A global level of action. Yet we are living in a time of reversion, where … Continue reading Beyond Nationality, Religion And Economic Ideology
The notion of a second referendum to reverse the ill-thought out decision of the voting public is as authoritarian as it is anti-democratic. In a rare display of democracy at work, Cameron, albeit for the wrong reasons, offered autonomy to the people of the U.K. The people voted against remaining in the EU. Political commentators of all shades (in the Remain camp) have reacted with … Continue reading Death Of Democracy