Category Archives: Politics & government

EU referendum: it’s not just about us

The referendum debate is liable to be dominated by speculation about what might be best for Britain, but I’m hoping that voters will also think about what might be best for Europe and the rest of humanity. My judgment has … Continue reading

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Time to negotiate over the Malvinas

If you relied on our mass media for information you might imagine that Britain’s position on the Falkland Islands is an open and shut case, and that only some sort of rogue state could take a contrary view. So, I … Continue reading

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Spare us this reorganisation Mr Lansley

One sign of our poor grasp of mathematics in Britain is the common belief that no performance in the public sector should be below average.  Who, after all, would want a school for their children which was less than excellent … Continue reading

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Syria’s tragedy, our responsibility

It must have been deeply frustrating for the United States and its allies when malleable governments in Tunisia and Egypt were swept away by the ‘Arab Spring’, while unfriendly regimes in Libya and Syria seemed immune to popular disapproval. These … Continue reading

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Not so dangerous secularism

According to government  minister Baroness Warsi, Britain is threatened by a tide of militant secularism, though I’ve yet to hear anyone singing ‘onward atheist soldiers, marching as to war’.  The latest evidence for this ‘threat’ is a court ruling that those … Continue reading

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Too many pictures ?

The sight of a pack of paparazzi in pursuit of some celebrity, victim of crime or even a suspected criminal is one of the less attractive aspects of having a ‘free press’. It’s easy to condemn but more difficult to … Continue reading

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Massive hypocrisy over Iran

As Britain, France and the USA send their warships into the Straits of Hormuz, in order to impose their will on the people of Iran, we ought to recall the records of these three nuclear armed powers.  All have recent … Continue reading

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