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Rich and Getting Richer

  • May 19, 2014
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For the last five years we have heard a great detail of rhetoric from British politicians about the ‘tough choices’ that the financial crisis has imposed upon the nation.   Again and again we heard that this crisis affected everyone equally, and that all of us were rowing together, like it says in the Eton boating song, to put it right and share out the burden and the hardship.

Most of this came from the government, but not all.   Though the Labour opposition fretted about ‘unfairness’, and the ‘squeezed middle’ or the ‘cost of...

Cecily McMillan and the Rise of the Soldier-Cop

  • May 07, 2014
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On Monday a New York jury found Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan guilty of felony assault on police officer Grantley Bovell, during a protest in New York’s Zucotti park on March 17, 2012.         McMillan was convicted of deliberately elbowing Bovell in the face, during a violent police assault on a...

Jesus on the Mainline

  • April 19, 2014
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Easter is a time for special reflection in the Christian faith, a time not just for hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, but an occasion to ponder the meaning of Christ’s sacrifice and its relevance to one’s own life.     David Cameron is no exception.

There was a time, back in 2008, when   Lord...

Whatever Happened to the Future?

  • April 17, 2014
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There was a time when the future seemed like something you could rely on, at least if you were lucky enough to live in the ‘developed’ world; when you could look at your life twenty or thirty years down the line and know that you would have a job, and that if you worked for...

Through a Davos Darkly

  • January 25, 2014
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The world looks different from Davos.   Its lofty snow-covered peaks invite reflection and contemplation,   as Hans Castorp, the protagonist of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain once found, when he went to a clinic there to recuperate from tuberculosis and found himself part of a spiritual elite serenely contemplating a European civilization that was...

2013: The Year of Living Ukiply

  • January 01, 2014
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It can be safely said that 2013 was not a year in which the British political class covered itself in glory as far as the great immigration ‘debate’ is concerned.

On the contrary, in the last twelve months Britain’s politicians – with the support of some the most unscrupulous and dishonest newspapers in the western world...

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