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
BY JON ALEXANDER £130,000. That’s the ballpark figure that Katie Hopkins is looking at having to pay out to food blogger and journalist Jack Monroe after losing a libel case which began on Twitter in 2015. The all-in figure may be as much as £300,000 when all legal fees are totted up. Jack is likely to receive around £24,000 of that in damages, the rest … Continue reading Twitter Not Cheap
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
BY JIM BROWNE I have trouble with insomnia. It’s par for the course, I am told. Getting old. When numerous nights of intermittent or non-existent sleep pass, I succumb to a sleeping pill and have been known to enjoy eight hours in a row. Such a sleep occurred last week. I was a walking ghost before plumping for the pill. And so, I drifted off … Continue reading Karma Air
BY LOGAN MARIE TORRES At this time last year I was more than likely doing exactly this- sitting in my room typing on my computer. It would have been for a midterm paper though, and it wouldn’t have been so quiet. There is no jingle of a dog collar now. Looking around at a room that was designed for a teenager, it appears as if … Continue reading From Beauty Queen to Soldier
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
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?
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
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?