8:27am Monday 30th November 2015
ALL our political parties contain a few members who are fanatics or obnoxious or crazy, and in some cases a combination of all three, but the Labour party seems to have a plague of these types at the moment.
8:14am Monday 23rd November 2015
IMAGINE you wake up one morning to find your whole body, head to toe, covered in an itchy, painful rash. You go to the doctor and he says, “Oh I see you have a pimple on your nose! I’ll give you some ointment for it.” This is exactly the response of the western powers to the violent Islamic insurgency which threatens us all. Hollande, Cameron, Merkel and Obama have belatedly come to the conclusion that we must destroy Islamic State which they describe as a death cult, its members evil psychopaths. And they are right – even if they seem to have woken up to the fact rather belatedly.
8:55am Monday 16th November 2015
WHAT would be your reaction if someone told you that the best method of household management is to throw your money into the fire? This is what European politicians are now doing on a grand scale.
8:00am Monday 9th November 2015
WHY have our universities turned so wimpish? For example, the luscious Grande Dame of feminism, Germaine Greer, was due to give a talk at Cardiff uni on the subject of women and power. But she was “no-platformed” – or, as we lovers of ordinary English say, dis-invited.
8:45am Monday 19th October 2015
WHAT’S wrong with elitism? Are we supposed instead to think it better to support what’s mediocre? Does anyone in her right mind think there is something wrong with excellence?
8:52am Monday 12th October 2015
EVER since that nice Mr Corbyn said he wanted “a kinder politics,” things have got nastier.
11:10am Monday 5th October 2015
THE emissions fraud at Volkswagen is not just an almighty financial scandal. There are costs to health. As everybody knows, the tampering with Volkswagen’s software to falsify its emissions concerns diesel fuel. The science writer Matt Ridley estimates that as many as 5000 die in Britain every year as a result of inhaling the particulates in diesel emissions. So why are we using such a dangerous substance to fuel our cars? Because for years the Brussels commissars have been obsessed with the fantasy of global warming and so they are determined to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide.
3:49pm Monday 28th September 2015
I HAVE always been turned off by stuntmen and clowns. I am not qualified to decide whether Pope Francis is a clown, but he is certainly a stuntman. On arriving last week in the USA, he declined the limousine and opted for a ride to the White House in a little Fiat. Mind you the number plate, issued by the Vatican State, was SCV-1 – that’s Status Civitatis Vaticanae 1 – which, being translated, means “I’m Number One”.
1:41pm Tuesday 22nd September 2015
JUST for today I shall lay aside migrants, Marxists and Muslims and say a few words about my hero Brian Close who died last week, aged 84.
11:00am Monday 31st August 2015
CAN politics ever be fun? I may be about to find out. The Freedom Association is to hold its Northern Festival at Harrogate on Saturday and I have been asked to give a talk.
11:40am Monday 24th August 2015
HOW did Barack Obama celebrate his deal – the correct word is sell-out – with Iran over that country’s nuclear programme?
12:37am Tuesday 11th August 2015
ARE you doing enough of it – shopping? The government says we’re overdoing it in the out-of-town supermarkets and underdoing it in “the great British high street”. So, in order to correct our habits, social engineering is proposed.
4:56pm Sunday 2nd August 2015
INSIDE a week, our dear Prime Minister has gone from a response to the Calais-Dover crisis saying first, “My heart goes out to holidaymakers” to “This is an incident of international importance and we are on the case.”
10:21am Tuesday 28th July 2015
YET another crazy shooting spree in a US cinema has resulted in murder, followed by the gunman’s suicide. So get rid of the guns and stop the killings. Simple. Barack Obama thinks so and that’s why he has just said that his failure to introduce tighter gun controls is the biggest disappointment of his presidency.
12:00am Tuesday 21st July 2015
IS BARACK Obama mad or bad, or both? Why has he sold out to Iran on the nuclear weapons issue? He says he is confident his deal will mean that Iran will never produce an atomic bomb and he adds: “Not because they don’t have the knowledge – which is easy to acquire – but because the West will operate a comprehensive inspection system.”
12:42am Tuesday 30th June 2015
BEFORE last Friday’s terrorist attacks in France and Tunisia, Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, former chief of the defence staff, warned: “Britain must stop sleepwalking and prepare to tackle Muslim extremism.”
6:02am Tuesday 23rd June 2015
I RECENTLY read a report which says the British funeral has been transformed. Mourning is out and rejoicing is in. It’s not even called a funeral any longer, but a celebration of life.
12:52am Tuesday 16th June 2015
THE gods of Mount Kinbalu are right to be angry. No, I haven’t turned into a religious fundamentalist: the mountain gods are not beings; they are the spiritual intuitions and sensitivities of the people who live on and beside the sacred mountain. And it is these intuitions and sensitivities that have been offended by the crass behaviour of the western tourists who stripped off and took photographs of one another. At the very least, members of the local tribes deserve an apology.
5:20am Tuesday 9th June 2015
DON’T let’s be beastly to the French. Guests attending a service in London last month to mark the 200th anniversary of our victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo were told not to act in a triumphalist way – and so avoid upsetting the French.
12:16pm Tuesday 2nd June 2015
DO you ever have one of those days? I don’t mean a run of the mill day when you come across a couple of things decidedly bizarre.