THE HYPOCRISY OF THE GREENS

This post, a short one, is an attempt to make a particular argument clear to people who disagree with me  (all my previous efforts have failed miserably – I have never been able to make myself understood). To show goodwill  I intend to play nicely. I will soft-pedal the sarcasm and  not refer to them […]

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO FIX THE POLITICAL SYSTEM? SERIOUSLY?

I’ve devoted several posts to the deficiencies of “democratic” political systems and recently I’ve been reading Democracy and its Crisis by AC Grayling.  Anybody with the slightest interest in the subject should take a look at it.  Here  is a link.  It starts with a good history of how our current systems have evolved and  follows up […]

THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS

A famous American once wrote “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds .” No, it wasn’t Donald Trump (I said “wrote”!). The quotation, however,  is a nice introduction to my theme: that politics is inimical to consistency of opinion. Barack Obama is a secret Moslem who wasn’t born in America. Donald Trump is, wittingly […]

MY FATHER’S WAR

This is a slightly modified version of a post that I put up on a previous blog. I think it’s worth repeating. Some years before my father died a document circulated among some of his friends from the Second World War. It was a transcript of a radio programme from early 1943, a series of […]

WHAT’S IT TO YOU, SPORT?

(This post is based on a conversation I had recently on Facebook. To the other people who participated: thank you for the stimulation. If I’ve stolen any of your original thoughts, I apologise.) I hate all national anthems. I hate people feeling obliged to stand up for them and feeling superior to those who don’t. […]

What I did with an Amazon voucher

Recently I was given an Amazon voucher. My Principal Advisor suggested that my thank-you email to the donor might be the basis of a short blog post, so here is a summary of the books I bought. The Third Reich: A New History    Michael Burleigh is one of my favourite contemporary historians. I’m looking forward […]