Just Not Cricket

BY NOEL YAXLEY The decision by the BBC to relieve Michael Vaughan of his commentary duties with Test Match Special for the upcoming Ashes series for something he might or might not have said over a decade ago should have us all worried. The speed at which he was ousted is symptomatic of the corporation’s passive acquiescence to identity politics.  Vaughan, the former England batsman … Continue reading Just Not Cricket

The Rittenhouse Act

BY JON ALEXANDER In light of the recent Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, one thing is clear, both the UK and US need a Rittenhouse law. Since the verdict the Left-wing media have continued to push outright lies about the trial. Politicians, journalists and activists have been quick to peddle more lies and deliberately ignore the facts presented in court. Make no mistake, this has angered the … Continue reading The Rittenhouse Act

How the Government Stole Christmas

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE ‘15m jabs to freedom.’ Daily Mail, 27 Dec 2020 That headline, along with similar slithery talk of ‘a way out’ and a vaccine with a ‘100% effective rate’, left people with the not unreasonable impression there may come a time when they can go about their lives without the say so of a blond-haired blobfish. But the 15 million jabs came and … Continue reading How the Government Stole Christmas

The Revenge of the Network

BY STEWART SLATER In 1700, a devastating earthquake struck the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia fault, unleashing a tsunami which crossed the ocean and wiped out swathes of Eastern Japan. And nobody in the West knew about it for over two centuries. As Europeans expanded across North America, they picked up hints in native folklore about a tremendous natural disaster, as did later historians when they examined … Continue reading The Revenge of the Network

The Covid Catholic Parallel

BY GREGORY SAMS Have we been here before? We see unprecedented use of ‘unprecedented’ today. Yes, it applies to putting entire nations under house arrest. Yes, it applies to the near-universal wearing of masks (more accurately muzzles). Yes, it applies to needing a certificate to join society. But perhaps the entire phenomenon we are experiencing is not unprecedented. Let us look back in time to … Continue reading The Covid Catholic Parallel

Buxton’s Rambler Plague

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Regrettably I have come to the conclusion that most ramblers (at least those around here in Buxton and its surrounds) ask for directions simply to make sport of inconveniencing the locals. It is but one method of irritation in an arsenal of many. Others include an obstinate refusal to observe public footpaths, and – encouraged by shows like BBC’s Springwatch which present … Continue reading Buxton’s Rambler Plague

Keep on Trucking?

BY JIM WEBSTER Why would anybody be a lorry driver? The pay dropped because companies employed cheap labour from abroad. To an extent that is still happening with delivery drivers. We’ve had a charming Bulgarian man come into our yard looking for somebody else (we’re just the postcode). His only sentence in English was ‘I am from Bulgaria and don’t speak English’. To show us … Continue reading Keep on Trucking?

We Can’t Win Without a Name

BY KEER LONSDALE Here’s a fact for you. It is impossible to win a debate against a woke person. Not, of course, because they have the better arguments: woke people believe stuff that is indefensible tosh, all sane people know that. No, you won’t win because the woke person will immediately question your ethical motives and, from that point on, you won’t have a leg … Continue reading We Can’t Win Without a Name

Folly for Lolly

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE I can’t help but notice these days that some so-called freedom warriors aren’t so free minded themselves. There’s a strain of libertarianism that has strayed into slavish group-think: purity tests, routine denouncements and sensationalised exaggerations. Who are these people fooling, apart from the fools who fund their fledgling Patreon accounts? So ineffably idiotic have some Covid measures been that anyone wishing to … Continue reading Folly for Lolly

Performative Politics

BY PAUL R BRIAN Much has been made of the urban-rural split and the vote breakdown for Brexit. Broadly speaking: many Londoners and urbanites wanted to remain in the EU, while many country-dwellers and small city folks wanted to leave. Plenty of convincing analyses have been made of the socioeconomic reasons for this, but one aspect which hasn’t been focused on is the success of … Continue reading Performative Politics

Few Search for Truth

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE ‘The virus is bringing out the best of us’, proclaimed an anti-Brexit campaign group. Well, yes, in so much as UV light brings out the best of a befouled mattress. And what sordid stains Covid has illuminated in our society: misanthropy, hypocrisy, adultery and a spike in domestic violence – not since Chantelle won Celebrity Big Brother has credulity been so widely … Continue reading Few Search for Truth

The Imperialism of Anti-Imperialists

BY IAN MITCHELL The controversy over the statue of Cecil Rhodes in Oriel College, Oxford, suggests that the modern world is opposed to imperialism. I believe the opposite is the case. It shows that Oxford dons are at least as imperialistic as Rhodes ever was, though in a more sly and dishonest way. In fact, the most dangerous imperialism that has descended on the civilised … Continue reading The Imperialism of Anti-Imperialists

Robinson

BY FRANK HAVILAND Allow me to declare an interest, or rather a lack of one: I couldn’t give a full toss about cricket. Therefore the cricketer Ollie Robinson represents something of a perfect storm; a storm of which I was blissfully ignorant, until the woke insisted I be offended by him. For those still shamelessly untriggered, the promising England all-rounder made his debut against New … Continue reading Robinson

Decentralise Not Decolonise

BY JAKE SCOTT Anglicans are a dying breed. The 2011 census found that only 15% of Britons considered themselves to be Anglican – nearly half that at the turn of the century. This figure fell even further to 12% in 2018. The 2021 census will almost certainly return an even lower percentage, as young adults increasingly feel that faith has no place in their lives. … Continue reading Decentralise Not Decolonise