Avoiding the Fourth Turning

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN For those of us schooled in the dismal science, the Strauss–Howe generational theory, created by authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, and held by Chief Trump Adviser and Breitbart King Steve Bannon, is overly deterministic, non-falsifiable, and just not supported by available data. The kind of a theory more likely to excite historians. Nonetheless, the theory – that the history of a people … Continue reading Avoiding the Fourth Turning

The Power of Silence

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I first discovered the awesome power of silence in 1991 on a school trip to Medjugorje in what was then Communist Yugoslavia.  I’d been convinced by my friend David to go on the trip to witness the amazing miracle of Our Lady of Medjugorje. This is the title given to the apparition by those who believe that Mary, Mother of Jesus, regularly … Continue reading The Power of Silence

Heed Ralf

BY RALF HEED At last, a campaign discerning pooches everywhere can get behind. These delightful Country Squire Magazine people have recommended a petition asking the Government to treat the theft of dogs – dognapping – as the shameful crime it is. Before I met my human family, I spent some time in a home for hounds who had fallen on hard times. Of course, all of the … Continue reading Heed Ralf

Will We Ever Get Over Our Sexuality?

BY ALEXIA JAMES The comedian Joe Lycett is pansexual and on Radio 4 this week he jokingly declared himself “a threat to all of you”. Transsexual Valentina Sampaio (pictured) has just become the Vogue Magazine Cover model. And now Indian cinema is leading the way in accepting transsexual and transgender people as…just people. Actor and model Anjali Ameer is soon going to be the first … Continue reading Will We Ever Get Over Our Sexuality?

The Misrepresentation of Ethical

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Whilst I cannot claim expertise in the multitudinous idiosyncrasies of the English Language (a fact the once optimistic yet, alas, ultimately disenchanted publisher of my lesser-known novel Osprey would undoubtedly attest – if he still took my calls*), whenever the use of a particular word or phrase gains unexpected traction in general usage, it seems I cannot help but notice. Especially so when … Continue reading The Misrepresentation of Ethical

Pigeon-Holers Progressive?

BY PAUL READ I have learned so many new words and phrases in recent years but ‘progressive’ could be my favourite. It’s a great word but, unfortunately, one that has been adopted by a certain group of people who like things to fit into nice, neat little pigeon-holes. After all, if you’re not progressive, politically, then you must be regressive, obviously. Regressive is bad, progressive … Continue reading Pigeon-Holers Progressive?