Dunkirk and Nostalgia

It’s 1940 and the Allied forces are on the brink of collapse. More precisely, hundreds of thousands of young men, most of them belonging to the British Expeditionary Force, are stranded on the beaches at Dunkirk. Their strategy is dead in the water and their only thought is survival. Only luck can save them, and … Continue reading Dunkirk and Nostalgia

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Only Fools and Horses

The BBC was cloaked in controversy this week after the salaries of its presenters paid £150,000 or more were made public. Not only were the sums a shock for their amount (they reach up to £2.2 million), but also because they revealed the disparity between the rates at which female and male presenters were paid. … Continue reading Only Fools and Horses

Millenials believe they will inherit the earth

A theatre company in London recently published a letter in which they openly questioned whether so-called millenials know anything about “the real world”. The answer, of course, is no. But it matters to understand why. Millenials are those who were born in the 1980s and 1990s. The term therefore denotes the proximity of this generation’s … Continue reading Millenials believe they will inherit the earth

Brexit Must Happen

The point about free trade is that it’s free. No strings attached. I sell you what I have and you sell me what you have. Everybody wins. No tariffs. No political obligations. No conflict of interest. The European Union is wholly opposed to this. No one denies that Brexit is a risk and it will … Continue reading Brexit Must Happen

Repeal, Reuse, Recycle

Everything is about Brexit, except Brexit, which is about power. That much was clear from the Leave Campaign’s key message in 2016: Take Back Control. What the Great Repeal Bill (published today) demonstrates is that taking back control is far more difficult than the slogan suggests. Ever since Britain joined the European Union the UK … Continue reading Repeal, Reuse, Recycle

It’s Time to Welcome King Donald

While the President of the United States sips on Diet Coke and enjoys as many scoops of ice cream as he likes, his guests are only allowed water and one scoop each. This is a penetrating insight into the current leader of the free world and tells us a lot about him. One psychologist concluded … Continue reading It’s Time to Welcome King Donald

The Dark Strain of Democracy

A few weeks ago on the political programme Question Time an audience member had to be ejected by the host David Dimbleby after refusing to stop heckling. This week the judge chosen to head the Grenfell Tower Inquiry faced calls to step down (even though the inquiry has not yet started); when he looked residents … Continue reading The Dark Strain of Democracy

The Health Service has become a Health Warning

Today is the 69th birthday of the National Health Service, a much-lauded institution in Britain which has become a national treasure synonymous with Westminster, the BBC and James Bond. It was established in 1948 largely thanks to the efforts of Labour Health Minister Aneurin Bevan; but it was also a hangover from experience of state-control … Continue reading The Health Service has become a Health Warning

Conservatism Isn’t Working

The Conservative Party is in deep trouble. As a brand it is now synonymous with the Austerity Party. This is a bombastic failure for a party which rebranded a decade ago in order to shed its “Nasty Party” image – an initiative which began thanks to the Conservative chairman, now prime minister, Theresa May. Today … Continue reading Conservatism Isn’t Working

Austerity Is Fake News

It’s 1950 and Britain is on its knees. Destroyed houses, vacant bomb sites, temporary prefabs, rationing (which did not end until 1954) and a level of income tax twice the level it is today. Natural disasters – which are now blamed on austerity – are devastating: five days of smog killed over 4000 people in … Continue reading Austerity Is Fake News