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Epstein’s Monsters

Epstein’s Monsters

  • July 15, 2019
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Many people will be familiar with the observation made by John Stuart Mill in 1867 that ‘Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.’   This is true as far as it goes,  but there are also cases when the triumph of evil is not due to the passivity of ‘good men’, but to a wider systemic and societal amorality that enables bad men to get away with pretty much anything they want.

Take the billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who has just been indicted on...

Vultures in Brexitland

Vultures in Brexitland

  • June 05, 2019
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As everyone knows, Donald Trump lies as he breathes.  He lies about big things and small things, and he lies about absurd and ridiculous things.   But despite his almost psychopathic dishonesty,  Trump is also a stupid man, and so there are times when he doesn’t lie about the things that you would expect more intelligent...

Trump: All Hail to the Chief

Trump: All Hail to the Chief

  • June 03, 2019
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I’ve been away from the UK the last week, and made it back just in time for the state visit of the Trump clan.  I’m glad I did, because just to know that Trump and co are now walking on my ancestral soil is oddly bracing, rejuvenating,  and above all educational.

I mean, what patriotic Brit...

The Gangster-in-Chief versus Ilhan Omar

The Gangster-in-Chief versus Ilhan Omar

  • April 13, 2019
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I have to admit I was wrong about Donald Trump.  Before he was elected I recognised that he was a danger to his country and to the world, and that he also posed a direct threat to migrants and minorities in the United States.  It was clear even during his campaign that  Trump was a...

On the Hate Highway

On the Hate Highway

  • April 11, 2019
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Yesterday a British Muslim woman I follow on Twitter posted an anonymous message she had received threatening to skin her alive.  This was one of various similar threats that she has received, some of which she had reported to the police – without any response.   These threats were clearly intended to intimidate a politically outspoken...

Drill Baby Drill: Donald Trump’s Sociopathic Gaze

Drill Baby Drill: Donald Trump’s Sociopathic Gaze

  • February 07, 2019
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There are many reasons why the rise of populist ethnonationalism and authoritarianism is bad news.   But one reason which tends to receive little attention is the impact of this phenomenon on the environment.

For some time now, we have become accustomed – too accustomed – to a relentless stream of alarming reports on the future of...

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