Authoritarianism V Liberalism

BY JAMES MELVILLE “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World The Covid crisis has created the perfect storm of coercive authoritarianism. A combination of government psychological manipulation, SAGE cultivated … Continue reading Authoritarianism V Liberalism

Bridging Divides

Dear Editor, May I congratulate your magazine on attracting writers from across political tribes. I note in particular Country Squire Magazine’s publication of articles by staunch Remainer, James Melville. As someone who sits on the Left of the political divide I have witnessed with dismay the sharp increase in tribalism over recent years across British media and political life. This has of course been brought … Continue reading Bridging Divides

What Do the Elderly Want?

BY JAMES MELVILLE “We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel.” ― Marcia Fudge      One of the many collateral damages of the Covid crisis has been the profoundly negative impact of well-being and mental health on our elderly people. The elderly haven’t been asked what they want to do. … Continue reading What Do the Elderly Want?

8 Months of Blunders

BY JAMES MELVILLE Ever since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, the UK government has lurched from one shambolic mistake to another. Their entire approach appears to be based on hindsight rather than foresight.  They wilfully attempted to ramp up fear levels by using doomsday scenario charts and applied flawed methodology to create a fanciful worst-case scenario that was presented as a real possibility – … Continue reading 8 Months of Blunders

More Bipartisanship, Less Tribalism

BY JAMES MELVILLE “When facts change, I change my mind.”~ John Maynard Keynes Where is the bipartisanship, respectfulness, balance and empathy in our political discourse? We are moving apart rather than walking towards each other. Increasingly, it seems that on almost every political issue, binary choices of division are being made. This is increasing the levels of division and hatred. Instead, we need to find … Continue reading More Bipartisanship, Less Tribalism