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The Knights of Cologne

  • January 14, 2016
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As a sixty-year-old man I obviously can’t speak with a great deal of authority on what it’s like to be a young woman in Europe.  Nevertheless I  am the parent of a twenty-year-old daughter who likes to go out at night.   Recently she was at a club when a stranger propositioned her.  When she told him that she had a boyfriend, this fine upstanding specimen of 21st century manhood ordered her to kiss her boyfriend to prove it.

My daughter rejected these orders too, on the not unreasonable grounds that...

Europe Hearts Erdogan

  • October 19, 2015
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It’s little more than a week since the worst terrorist attack in Turkish history – a vicious atrocity in which the government was at best neglectful and at worst actively complicit, in which more than 100 peaceful demonstrators were murdered because they called for an end to the ongoing war between the Turkish government and...

Three Cheers for Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

  • October 15, 2015
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The Daily Mail and the Daily Express are  angry  with the Jordanian United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.   No one will be surprised by this. Neither newspaper is a fan of  the United Nations.  They don’t like ‘human rights’ – a spurious PC concept that...

Europe’s Border Insurgency

  • September 03, 2015
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David Cameron has never looked shiftier or more downright disreputable than he did yesterday, when he attempted to defend the UK’s iniquitous and morally indefensible response to the most serious refugee crisis since the aftermath of World War II.  Faced with calls from Germany to accept a quota of refugees, he offered the following...

Calais: the dystopian frontier

  • July 31, 2015
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In these nervous, gloomy times our cultural appetite for dystopia often seems insatiable.     Again and again in book, tv series and film we like to imagine places in the near or distant future where our worst fears are realized, and the destructive or oppressive tendencies that we perhaps sense in the present are...

The Brightest and the Best

  • June 24, 2015
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One thing you can always count on with this government: when it comes to immigration it will always do something more squalid and nasty than you previously thought possible.   And this week Lord Snooty and His Pals have demonstrated once again that when it comes to sheer bloody-minded stupidity, mean-spirited xenophobia and downright racism,...

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