Star Wars Syndrome

The critical reception to the latest Star Wars blockbuster, The Last Jedi, has revealed something frightening. It is not a bad film - but does it does deserve the unanimous acclaim which it has received? A review in The Guardian called it a ‘an explosive thrill-ride of galactic proportions’ whilst a reviewer in The Times … Continue reading Star Wars Syndrome

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A Party in Disrepute

No more “Zombie Blairites”. No more Carl Sargeant. And no more ‘trite journalism’. Deselection, suicide and rudeness is the legacy of the current Labour Party; a telling and worrying portrait of a party which this blog believes will soon be in power. Of course, foolish ideas, financial illiteracy and general incompetence are one thing. Both … Continue reading A Party in Disrepute

Homage to Catalonia

The tension between the local and the national is not a recent development in human affairs. Independence movements throughout history stem from this tension. It led to the Confederacy seceding from the United States of America, the Republic of Ireland breaking away from the United Kingdom, and the United Kingdom voting for Brexit. Despite, or … Continue reading Homage to Catalonia

Your Country Needs…Someone

British Conservatives see themselves as on-deck captains steering the country through rough seas. They have expertise, they know the route and they are in command. And yet, the comedy of errors which unfolded in Manchester yesterday speaks volumes. The Chancellor of the Exchequer handing the Prime Minister cough sweets on stage; a prankster issuing that … Continue reading Your Country Needs…Someone

Europe: United States of Amnesia

This week in his State of Union address, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, set out his vision for a United States of Europe. For an organisation which has haemorrhaged one of its most important member-states this is an ambitious vision. But with the United Kingdom now out of the Union, Juncker has … Continue reading Europe: United States of Amnesia

The Globalists are the Dreamers

Immigration should not be a dirty word. It is because of mankind’s restless spirit that homo sapiens ventured out of Africa all those years go, that America was discovered, and that man will one day live on another planet. But, it has become a dirty word because of the way that it has been managed … Continue reading The Globalists are the Dreamers

Labour Has a Problem With Facts.

Last month the Labour MP Sarah Champion did something that British liberalism used to do best: she spoke out. In an article for The Sun, Champion claimed that ‘British Pakistani men are raping and exploiting white girls’ by citing an independent report (confirmed by a government report) which connected 1,400 child sexual exploitation cases in … Continue reading Labour Has a Problem With Facts.

The Macron Delusion

It was reported this week that the new French President, Emmanuel Macron, spent 26,000 Euros on makeup during his first three months in office. This is concrete evidence of a political culture in the West which values the superficial - and that is why the modern phenomenon of “Fake News” is so un-surprising. People see … Continue reading The Macron Delusion

Enemy at the Gates

Babylon was conquered by the Persians; Rome was conquered by the Goths; Communism was conquered by Capitalism. All empires fall. All civilising projects come to an end. As our statues fall one-by-one the world over, the civilising mission ushered in by the Renaissance and the Enlightenment enters its final hour. The old guard, armed with … Continue reading Enemy at the Gates

Good Morning Britain

During the EU Referendum Campaign the Chancellor George Osborne accused the Leave side of promising a ‘make-believe land of milk and honey’ outside the European Union. A year later and Britain is still to find the milk and honey route. Brexit still means relatively little while negotiations with Europe are ongoing and still fruitless. But, … Continue reading Good Morning Britain