BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN There was a boy at school. Without question he was a bully. Each house lunch he’d drown out the other boys in our house year group of thirteen. He’d try and belittle us. He was bigger than us. He had an elder brother a few years older who was a prefect. He’d sneak on us and make sure our fun was constrained. … Continue reading Side Swept Fringe
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE ‘Beauty is a natural superiority.’ – Plato Plato’s words resonate such potent and piercing truth, one imagines them chiseled into the Athens Parthenon under which he spoke them. But postmodernism can take even the most unyielding of truths and reflect them back on us as a liquid lie. Postmodernist distortion now manifests itself in every discussion on aesthetics. Take, for instance, the … Continue reading Build Back Bath
BY PAUL NEWALL Some years ago, when the Blair government was trying to create an ID card system, I had a role that touched on alcohol sales. An ID system could – on the face of it – be used to remove most doubts about the legality of alcohol sales (only the buyer’s sobriety was left to be judged by the vendor) so it could … Continue reading Slippery Slopes
BY ALEXIA JAMES It seems that the diehard Remainers have already decided that Brexit was a waste of time and has resulted in abject failure – less than a month after the UK’s exit from the transition period. At the weekend Michel Barnier was busy painting a false picture of EU unity and pretending that now “we all see the cost of Brexit” – again, … Continue reading Brexit Already a Failure!
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN You are ordered to shoot all but one of the five in front of you: Adolf Hitler, Peter Sutcliffe, Idi Amin, Chairman Mao, your beloved dog. Who do you spare? Who is more valuable? Why? Is a dog ever worth more than a human? If so, then who slaughtered less people? Who was less evil? What then is evil? How should you … Continue reading Priceless
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The advantage of church closures this year during lockdowns has been the emergence of Masses and other church services online. “How can virtual services be a positive?” I hear you traditionalists and conservatives chuntering. Well, first up, you can be as rude as you like about a priest’s sermon real-time, without having to put up with the death stares from the blue … Continue reading Render Unto Caesar
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Being British and having an appreciation for sound journalism, much of the New York Times’ recent output has mercifully passed me by. But a tweet from one of their writers asserting that baby gender reveals are violence compelled me to visit their site. Much of what I found on there was awful but the absurdity of the Trump derangement articles never quite … Continue reading The Absurdity of the New York Times
BY GARY MCGHEE When I was a child my mum bought me some marionettes for Xmas. One was a frog and the other a caterpillar. I loved them at first and played with them a lot and did not favour one above the other, but I soon got bored with them because all they could do was jump up and down on strings when I … Continue reading The Puppets
BY PAUL T HORGAN Prince Harry has been in the news quite a lot, and the media seem to be in the process of casting him as the latest incarnation of the dissolute minor royal, a cause of embarrassment to the monarchy, perhaps even calling the monarchy into question. T’was ever thus. This is unfair. Harry has spent his adult life being overshadowed by his older … Continue reading In Defence of Prince Harry
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE One cannot browse Tory Twitter without noticing a disturbing lack of diversity among its younger members. Predictably, a great deal of them are of the now proscribed ‘male and pale’ variety. Less predictable, though, is how many happen to be avowed homosexuals. This would be unusual for any party, let alone an allegedly conservative one. Strange then that no one has cared … Continue reading Why Are So Many Conservatives Gay?
BY FRANK HAVILAND The world is not fair – we all know it. And yet, curiously, it is those who benefit most from such a state of affairs who insist on lecturing the rest of us about them. It can get rather galling listening to the petulant foot stamps of multimillionaire luvvies, sweatshop-based multinationals, and every tax-dodging athlete who can haul themselves onto one knee … Continue reading Don’t Mention the J Word
BY PAUL NEWALL The memes about PC police are many and varied. The British police services have been jumping through hoops for a couple of decades to reinvent themselves as inclusive – embracing diversity. The online comedians have made hay with rainbow-painted patrol cars and epaulettes, with female officers being dry-humped at the Notting Hill carnival and some officers getting sent out for duty on … Continue reading Please, Back to Basics
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN “Where are there flying cars, Daddy?” “Flying cars are everywhere. We call them planes.” “Ha! Planes are not cars, Daddy. I’m not gullible!” People are so focused on form (in this instance a flying object that looks like a car) that they overlook the function (conveyance by flight). Original visions of inventions or ideas set boundaries because in part we can see … Continue reading First Principles
BY GARY MCGHEE In 1993 I wrote a dissertation for my Masters Degree at Nottingham University. It was titled ‘Men and Self-Esteem’. It was well-researched, packed with salient references and the external examiners said that it was one of the best dissertations they had ever read. (Not bad for a working-class bloke who left school at 16 with good O-Levels, in order to get a … Continue reading Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds
BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND “I am not a number, I am a free man!” So began the seminal 60s TV series, The Prisoner. Upon recently revisiting this evermore prescient work by the sorely missed Patrick McGoohan, I was struck by the thought; ‘I wonder what he witnessed?’, as it is chock full of the echoes of future-shock. “Be seeing you” the characters chirpily say to one … Continue reading Big Tech Too Big