Antisemitism, a-okay?

The United Kingdom went to the polls today and, if the exit polls are accurate, it looks as if it may have backfired for Theresa May and that Labour will make gains. Whether it will result in a hung parliament or even a Corbyn government is unclear, but the fact that Labour is making gains … Continue reading

Treason!

It says so much about the current parlous state of political discourse that the response to Jeremy Corbyn pointing out that British policies at home and abroad have contributed to the current terrorist threat wasn’t reasoned debate by wild accusations of treason, which have only served to make him seem more credible, given that a … Continue reading

Election Ho!

“You’re not going to vote Labour, are you?” I’ve been asked: The Labour manifesto has much that is in accord with what I’d like to see. Strip away Jeremy Corbyn and his coterie of terrorist-loving anti-Semitic incompetents, who’re strangely tolerant of racism in their midst, and the answer would be “yes.” But, as things stands, … Continue reading

Election Fever?

So, we’re having a general election. Has Theresa May guaranteed her premiership or made a terrible mistake? I can see why she did it: An election will silence those critics who claim she has no mandate, will avoid her having to fight an election midway through the ‘Brexit’ negotiations, preempts any downturn in the economy, … Continue reading

Not Really Women

Broadcaster Jenni Murray recently caused controversy by stating that transwomen aren’t ‘real women’. Which, in a genetic sense, is true – that is their tragedy. But, what is the measure of a ‘real’ woman? Her defenders have, for example, asked whether a transwoman will experience the menopause, about which Jenni Murray has written. But, what … Continue reading

Parliament of Hypocrites

In the imagination of some, The Mother of Parliaments, Westminster, is something marvellous. Yet, consider the recent call by Speaker Bercow to ban America’s President Trump from addressing it. Now, Parliament can, of course, choose who it does or does not wish to address it, but the call to ban Trump is a disgusting example … Continue reading

Does mildew exist?

The festive period effectively ceased to exist for me when I discovered a rather severe damp and mould problem. The first thing I learnt as a result was just how much time, energy and sanity can be devoured by the need to dry and clean the affected books. The second thing I learnt was that … Continue reading

Neither Open Nor Closed

With the recent attack on the Christmas Market in Berlin, there has been, not unreasonably, a lot of discussion about Angela Merkel’s open door policy to immigrants. As ever seems to be the case, irrationality rules as many people surge to the extreme of demanding a complete closure of the borders, while out-of-touch ‘liberals’ claim … Continue reading

Passports, Please!

It’s been suggested (again) that patients accessing the NHS should have to produce a passport before being allowed treatment in order to put an end to health tourism at the expense of the British taxpayers who fund the system. Obviously, there’s a major flaw in this train of thought – the problem with abuse by … Continue reading

What is ‘Best’?

‘Best’ is probably the most misused and misunderstood word in the English language. We often hear people refer to various things as being ‘best’ with people taking them to mean ‘only’, when really it means, all things being equal, it is superior; things, of course, are not always equal. Thus, it is true that two … Continue reading