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

Witches & Warlocks

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE In 2005, a device called the Mosquito was created to combat the supposed scourge of loitering youths, piercing their ears with a sound at a frequency only teenagers could detect. I’ve always thought it showed great promise, only that it was directed at the wrong group of people. I’m not convinced loitering youths were ever much of a problem, at least not … Continue reading Witches & Warlocks

A Vaccine Too Far

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE To whom does a child belong, the parent or the state? The government seems to have quietly dropped the inane maxim which once concluded their every demand, ‘follow the science’ – perhaps because the science stopped following them. According to the JCVI, the potential benefits that the Pfizer vaccine offers 12-year-olds are too minimal to justify exposing them to its risks. Still, … Continue reading A Vaccine Too Far

The Rapid Decline of Slow Joe

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE ‘The world feels like a slightly better, kinder place today’ Gary Lineker tweeted during Biden’s inauguration, addressing him with the sort of asinine adoration that was then the custom. But given the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, Lineker’s tweet has aged about as well as the president’s spare and perma-surprised stare. While Afghans scramble to save their lives from danger, Twitter blue ticks … Continue reading The Rapid Decline of Slow Joe

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

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

Beautiful Buxton

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN I am not fond of business meetings on Saturdays. I treasure the weekends – time to spend with the family. Nonetheless, a trip to Buxton did seem appealing. The elegant town that is Buxton has been welcoming visitors to enjoy its natural thermal springs and superb setting three hundred metres above sea level since Roman times. Known then as Aquae Arnemetiae, or … Continue reading Beautiful Buxton

Build Back Bath

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

Red Sky

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE If the BBC is the mouthpiece of the Guardian, then Sky News is its ringpiece – at least that’s the organ their appraisal of 2020 conjures up. Though it’s presented to us in a form as benign as any fatuous female supplement column, the subjects are more insidious than that of gluten intolerance. Make no mistake, this is a study in unrelenting … Continue reading Red Sky

Where did the Hard Left Go?

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Where most saw a pensioner of unremarkable intellect or image, Corbynites saw a man of almost mystical significance, and if the support for his new project is anything to go by, the significance hasn’t waned. The launch video that sees him wax ineloquently about social justice issues feels like a call back to 90s televangelism; indeed, the website tells us what Corbyn … Continue reading Where did the Hard Left Go?

The Absurdity of the New York Times

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

Imagining a Trump Win from Here

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE It seems to be a feature of British conservatism that its acolytes tend to spend more time convincing people they don’t belong to it than they ever do trying to convert them to it. Many of them will give the impression that they aren’t truly committed to conservative aims sooner than they would defend them. Trump was a blessing to these cock-crowing … Continue reading Imagining a Trump Win from Here

The Haunting of Stancliffe Hall

BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Stancliffe Hall, not sane, stood by itself against its woods, holding darkness within; it has stood for hundreds of years and may stand for hundreds more. After reading the account of my years spent there, I hope you won’t think it too silly of me to apply the opening lines of Shirly Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House to my former boarding … Continue reading The Haunting of Stancliffe Hall

Why Are So Many Conservatives Gay?

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?