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Let’s not be too hasty saluting that speech

Let’s not be too hasty saluting that speech

October 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm 0 comments

David Cameron has only one thing going for him: he isn’t Ed Miliband. Miliband’s speech at the Labour conference proved yet again that he has learned nothing from the disasters his socialist predecessors have perpetrated with predictable regularity. Clearly, this Eddie is not for learning. Dave isn’t a particularly fastRead More

Our strategists prove that common sense is most uncommon

Our strategists prove that common sense is most uncommon

October 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm 0 comments

Our country is at war. Historically, that’s what the RAF flying bombing sorties has meant. If this fact now calls for a different interpretation, I’d like to hear what it is. Until I do I’ll be repeating the same old thing: Britain is at war. And I hope you’ll joinRead More

Zeitgeist speaks through Robson Green

Zeitgeist speaks through Robson Green

September 30, 2014 at 5:27 pm 0 comments

If, like me, you aren’t plugged into popular culture, Robson Green is some kind of TV actor, a rather good one by general consent. That makes him a celebrity, a status that confers on its proud possessor the authority to enlarge on any subject under the sun and have hisRead More

Conservatism in crisis

Conservatism in crisis

September 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm 0 comments

Lord Hailsham’s explanation of conservatism is correct, but only as far as it goes: “Conservatism is not so much a philosophy as an attitude, a constant force, performing a timeless function in the development of a free society, and corresponding to a deep and permanent requirement of human nature itself.”Read More

Another fine mess

Another fine mess

September 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

“Another fine mess you’ve got us into!” The line comes from a short 1930s film by those slapstick clowns Laurel and Hardy. For Laurel and Hardy, substitute our two modern comedians Cameron and Obama and apply it to their foreign policy. How’s this for joined up thinking? Just a yearRead More

Daylight robbery in the Church

Daylight robbery in the Church

September 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm 0 comments

You know all that money which your parish church pays in tax each year through the diocesan quota? Do you ever wonder what they spend it on? Happily, I can enlighten you. I have just read an advertisement, a job description, issued by the Diocese of St Alban’s which spellsRead More

Ten years to turn Britain around? Ed won’t take that long

Ten years to turn Britain around? Ed won’t take that long

September 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm 0 comments

Ed Miliband is asking for 10 years in power to “turn Britain around”. He’s being uncharacteristically modest. Socialists have never needed years to destroy a country when they take over. Depending on their radicalism, this feat may take them days to achieve (Lenin) or perhaps weeks (Hollande). Never years. WritingRead More

National self-determination as the enemy of nationhood

National self-determination as the enemy of nationhood

September 22, 2014 at 6:04 pm 0 comments

It’s hard not to notice the semantic confusion arriving in the slipstream of the Scottish referendum. No one seems to be any longer sure of anything: nationhood, home rule for Scotland, England or possibly Merseyside, democracy, constitution, why the chicken crosses the road or whether or not it comes beforeRead More

Understanding

Understanding

September 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm 0 comments

He was crucified also for us. It’s the for us which gives us trouble. Those two words are in a different register from the rest of that sentence. The evangelical missioner turns up on the doorstep and asks the householder if he knows the Lord Jesus Christ. The un-churched householderRead More

National self-determination as the enemy of nationhood

National self-determination as the enemy of nationhood

September 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm 0 comments

It’s hard not to notice the semantic confusion arriving in the slipstream of the Scottish referendum. No one seems to be any longer sure of anything: nationhood, home rule for Scotland, England or possibly Merseyside, democracy, constitution, why the chicken crosses the road or whether or not it comes beforeRead More