Nativeity

BY MANDY BALDWIN The famous Christmas fair at the Champs Elysee in Paris has been cancelled. The graceful steps at York Minster, where a church has stood since long before the original jihadis first rampaged, have been blocked by concrete bollards. Armed police will patrol Christmas venues in pretty, old towns all across Europe, where the cobbled streets are now blighted by defences against killers … Continue reading Nativeity

The Elephant’s Child

BY MANDY BALDWIN The baby elephant rushes screaming after its terrified mother, its back legs being consumed by flames. Its mother, her own feet burning, rushes into the forest.  Around them, humans laugh, shriek with savage delight, and throw more flaming tar balls which stick to the elephant’s skin. The baby – product of a two-year pregnancy, child of a species which nurtures infants to … Continue reading The Elephant’s Child

To Silence a Mockingbird

BY MANDY BALDWIN I mean it when I say, if I were writing this in pen and ink, it would be blotched with my tears. Mississippi schools have taken Harper Lee’s masterwork, To Kill A Mockingbird, off the schools reading list, as some parents find it ‘disturbing’. What’s really ‘disturbing’ of course, are the implications of suppressing a masterpiece because it offends idiots. To Kill … Continue reading To Silence a Mockingbird

The British Dream

BY MANDY BALDWIN Al Murray’s alter-ego the Pub Landlord said “There is no British Dream…. because we’re awake.” On the other hand, Theresa May has vowed to bring back the British Dream – which she defines as the hope that each generation will improve their lot compared to the previous one. Maybe she believes in that particular manifestation of a British Dream because she is … Continue reading The British Dream

The Might & Rights Of Catalonia

BY MANDY BALDWIN On Sunday, from Catalonia, we heard a mouse roar – and what a mighty roar it was. In an awesome act of courage which should humble all of us, 90% of Catalan people voted for independence. With black-clad, armed Spanish police having closed polling stations, beating elderly women with batons, firing rubber bullets, dragging young girls around the ground like broken dolls, … Continue reading The Might & Rights Of Catalonia

Magna Carta & All That

BY MANDY BALDWIN Our ability to hang Theresa May for treason was removed in 1998 by Tony Blair – a man so slippery he covered his tracks before he’d even made them.  Nevertheless, the law still allows us to imprison for life any person seeking ‘to move or stir any foreigner to invade the United Kingdom or any other country belonging to the sovereign.’ May’s … Continue reading Magna Carta & All That