Category Archives: Society

America’s Kristallnacht

I have to say, I am rather impressed by this video of Arnold Schwarzenegger, California’s Governor, addressing recent events in the USA. I didn’t think he had it in him, but I am happy to stand corrected. Perhaps the events … Continue reading

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Taking Back Control?

So the Brexit deal has now been approved by both the UK Parliament and Brussels. True to form, Boris Johnson is claiming it as a great deal: “Having your cake and eating it“. This is, of course, a shameless lie … Continue reading

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Held To Account? No More, It Seems.

Nick Cohen writes of his despair that UK politicians are no longer held to account for their actions. I wonder whether the UK (or the US) will ever be able to claw itself back out of the cesspit into which … Continue reading

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A Small Sigh of Relief

So Trump has been defeated. A good day for democracy. However, I fear that, with 70 million people having voted for him, the US remains deeply divided, and the next four years are not going to be easy. At least … Continue reading

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Vote!

Dear US citizens, for all our sakes make the change happen on November 3rd.

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RIP Chris Killip

Chris Killip has died. He probably made his name as a photographer with his photos documenting the industrial decline in the north-east of England. But for me, as a fellow Manxman, it is his photos of the people and places … Continue reading

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A Dutiful Boy

The title of Mohsin Zaidi’s memoir of his journey to self-acceptance. There were times when I was growing up when I thought being gay and different was hard, but, believe me, it was as nothing as compared to Mohsin’s experience. … Continue reading

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There Are No Adults In The Room

The room in this case being in Number 10, Downing Street. With the threat to break International Law, the UK Government seems intent on making the UK an international pariah. Chris Grey, over at his Brexit Blog has some choice … Continue reading

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Adding Insult To Injury

The news that Tony Abbott has been appointed as a UK Trade Advisor would seem to confirm my suspicion that the UK government is resolutely determined to achieve a no-deal situation with the EU by the end of the year. … Continue reading

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Who Is Civilisation For?

Another thought-provoking talk given by Jaron Lanier. It’s a recording of the talk he gave as the Willy Brandt Lecture in 2018, followed by a Q+A session with Ulrich Kelber, German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

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Darkening the World

“we live in a world that has been darkening recently” – and yet… I do like Jaron Lanier and his polemics and dissertations on where we are and where we are going… Worth listening to.

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What I’m Thinking About

It amazes me that the US has people like this, yet they still manage to pick Trump for President…

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"He has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity."

Boris Johnson’s defence of his political adviser Dominic Cummings is, in a word, unfuckingbelievable. As John Crace so rightly observes, it is now clear who is running the UK – and it isn’t Boris Johnson. One law for the little … Continue reading

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Living in Interesting Times

The emergence of the Coronavirus Covid-19 has given us all something else to worry about besides climate change, Brexit and Trump.  For months now I’ve been leading a workgroup planning two events in our village to celebrate the 75 years … Continue reading

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Messages of Farewell

It’s the day after Brexit, and I’m still feeling depressed, and angry, about the whole sorry situation. I’ve been reading messages of farewell published in today’s Guardian from my fellow Europeans, and they have put into words the emotions I … Continue reading

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Brexit Is Not A Cause For Celebration

For me, today is a day of sadness. Britain has turned its back on Europe and is determined to retreat to being an insular nation once more. As an act of self-harm, this takes some beating. And whilst Johnson and … Continue reading

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Is It Downhill From Now On?

Today’s Guardian has a sobering article on what the environment could be like in 2050. The most worrying aspect is not the environment itself, but the impact it will have on human society. It’s perhaps not such a stretch to … Continue reading

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Voices for Equality

Of the 69 countries around the world that still criminalize same sex relationships, 32 are in Africa. In many countries, violence and discrimination is a part of the every-day life of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people and LGBT … Continue reading

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The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come

The full text of Sir Ivan Rogers’ lecture given at the University of Glasgow recently is here. He is both a careful analyst of events and a bellwether foretelling a future that is very likely to play out in the … Continue reading

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More Accomplished Racists Are Available…

With just nine days to go, First Dog on the Moon has published a handy voting guide to the UK general election. It’s definitely worth reading. Though I fear that his advice will be disregarded, and the current gang of … Continue reading

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