Children of the Damned

14th December 2017 4

When we were children my mother was extremely keen that we gave up our seats to the elderly on trains and buses; any show of reluctance, the slightest dragging of feet risked the threat of bedtime half an hour earlier than usual. I have reached that age when I am now the recipient of offers of a seat, too often … [Read on]

Hit and Run

13th December 2017 3

Once when I was driving in Port Harcourt in Nigeria with my friend, Ken Saro-Wiwa (the writer who was later hanged by a military regime), we heard over the car radio an appeal for the owner of the naked man’s body on the side of one the main roads to come and collect it. A few minutes later we drove … [Read on]

Ruskin College. Growing snowflakes instead of a flint hard working class

13th December 2017 4

Browsing through the Ruskin College prospectus, advertising the further education college for 2017-18 was a bit of a shock. The college is famous, there is a romance about its original intention to help working class people, mainly men in trades unions better themselves. They needed no formal education, just an interest in improving their minds and prospects. Terms referring to … [Read on]

All Quiet on the Bosnian Front

9th December 2017 16

The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia has just wound up 24 years of operations with a grisly fiasco. At its last session, the Bosnian-Croat warlord Slobodan Praljak committed suicide in the courtroom by drinking poison after his 20-year jail sentence was upheld. A few days earlier the Bosnian Serb ex-general Ratko Mladić was dragged from the court screaming insults … [Read on]

The tip of the spear 35,000 jihadists are present in UK, about two WWII divisions.

8th December 2017 14

UK’s defence secretary Gavin Williamson said in an interview  that ISIS fighters and other jihadists who take up arms against the Sovereign should be eliminated. He said that they are legitimate targets for the military and that nobody who voluntarily joins an organization or a state which is at war with the United Kingdom, should be allowed back into the country. … [Read on]

Brexit; WTO rules Ok?

7th December 2017 3

Poor Michel Barnier is getting a very bad press in Britain. The EU’s chief negotiator is variously depicted as an intransigent bully intent on delivering a punishment beating, a Gallic popinjay, and the sort of person who never loses an opportunity to admire his reflection in the mirror. But this is all most unfair. The charming Monsieur Barnier is, in … [Read on]

Who speaks for England?

6th December 2017 10

Listening to an LBC phone in on immigration earlier this evening, one caller went too far. It wasn’t that he argued that there was too much immigration or that uncontrolled immigration causes problems, a sentiment which is voiced commonly enough, but that he claimed that whole areas of East Anglia had ceased to be *******. Naturally, the host of the … [Read on]

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