Hugging can now be a criminal offence

17th March 2018 14

In the distant past, perhaps twenty years ago, the world was very different, almost unknowable. A glance at old TV ads on U-tube are a revelation and less trouble than making a laborious trip to the Natural History Museum in London to see dinosaur bones. One of the most startling is for Impulse Body Spray, popular throughout the 1980s. An … [Read on]

The Salisbury Nerve Gas attack – shopping at Harrods

13th March 2018 0

Following the attempted murders in Salisbury and under Foreign Office guidance, the UK’s full retaliatory powers will consist of sending home 23 diplomats from the Russian Embassy and putting the squeeze on funny money (unexplained wealth) coming here from Russia. Perhaps not so much a squeeze as a light tap on the knuckles. Mrs May might also recall the British ambassador … [Read on]

Decency’s fight back against the left

13th March 2018 1

In scenes reminiscent of Nazi thugs smashing a Jewish shop in Berlin, Antifa an allegedly antifascist organisation dedicated to the intimidation and silencing of political opponents, broke up a public discussion about freedom of speech between Sargon of Akkad and Israeli Professor Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand think tank at Kings College London last week. Wearing balaclavas and equipped … [Read on]

Mervyn Matthews 1932-2017

11th March 2018 1

Mervyn Matthews was a long-time subscriber to the Salisbury Review, frequent contributor and the author of several books about his unusual life. He was raised in depressed Swansea, vividly described in Mervyn’s Lot, went to Manchester University and thence to Oxford where he looked forward to a successful academic career. However, his personal life was as dramatic and tragic as … [Read on]

Mrs May’s thin green Line

4th March 2018 5

There was a telling outbreak of mass hysteria among the audience of this week’s Any Questions. Asked whether a ‘hard border’ (checkpoints, physical barriers, peaked-capped officials) in Ireland could be avoided in the absence of a customs union, Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator, answered that it could, provided there was sufficient goodwill between the two negotiating sides. But when … [Read on]

The EU; The weak suffer what they must

2nd March 2018 3

And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability, Yanis Varoufakis, The Bodley Head, 2016, £16.99. Ten years ago, if Turks took the ferry to that Aegean island where burning Sappho wept and sung, they were greeted by patronizing customs officers who had been instructed to say ‘welcome to Europe’. Now, if they go … [Read on]

An outbreak of good manners

28th February 2018 7

I am so used to lamentation – my own, that is – that I know that I am sometimes inclined to overlook how much better certain things have become of late years. We notice deterioration; we take improvement for granted the moment they have occurred. Among the things that have improved in the London Underground. I spent most of my … [Read on]

Catholics next target of left

26th February 2018 9

The Rt Rev Mark Davies, Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury, recently warned that Christians could be treated as extremists and that Christians could become the focus of anti-extremist policies. He said this based on the counter terrorist measures being introduced following events leading to deaths at the hands of Islamist extremists in Manchester and London. Peaceful Christians who happen to … [Read on]

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