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Is the Queen a better Christian than the prelates?

  • Posted on: 26 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

In her Christmas address, Her Majesty said nothing much, but she said it well. Staying away from any specifics, she struck a note of Christian hope:

“It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year, but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope, often read at Christmas carol services: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’.”

I wish no one Happy Holidays

  • Posted on: 24 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

It’s this ugly locution that says more about modernity than anything else.

Our mandated – and mendacious – loathing of offending anybody has taken Christ out of Christmas and Christmas out of the seasonal best wishes. While Christians are welcome to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the lie goes, everyone else would be mortally offended at any reference to Jesus.

Cut the word ‘m*n’ out of the dictionary

  • Posted on: 23 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

In the past, whenever a word was unutterable it was usually for a discernible reason. For instance, some Jews spell G*d this way because of a biblical commandment they take literally and I’m not sure correctly (‘God’ isn’t the name of God not to be taken in vain).

Each society has always had its own taboos, certain words that just can’t be used in public, especially in mixed company. These aren’t chiselled in stone – some words that used to be regarded as perfectly neutral may become offensive, and vice versa.

Happy genocide day, Vlad

  • Posted on: 22 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

On 20 December, five days before the birthday of Christ, Russia celebrated another birthday, that of her security services.

Chekist Day (from ‘CheKa’, Chrezvychainaia Komissiya, the founding name of the organisation later known as the KGB) is commemorated in the Russian calendar as a national holiday, a cause for celebration.

Oh to be a driving instructor in Holland

  • Posted on: 21 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

I never tire of admiring Holland’s trailblazing efforts in bringing ancient laws and practices up to date.

For example, she was the first European country to legalise homomarriage, thus expanding the concept of matrimony and, moreover, laying the groundwork for further expansion into such promising areas as polygamy, polyandry and interspecies marriage. If that’s not progress, I don’t know what is.

One rational argument in favour of staying in the EU? Please?

  • Posted on: 20 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

Dave hasn’t so much declared his hand as confirmed it: he’ll campaign for staying no matter what.

If the Commission demands that the Queen abdicate, Dave will campaign for staying. If the demand is that Britain transfer her whole nuclear deterrent to the EU, he’ll campaign for staying. If we’re told to accept at least five million Muslims next year… well, you get the picture.

Without impugning Dave’s character more than I’ve already been doing for years, let’s look at the arguments put forth in support of staying – and pretend they’re offered in good faith.

Now there’s a surprise: the rich are getting richer

  • Posted on: 19 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

The news that the top 10 per cent of Britain’s population own half of the nation’s wealth is no news at all.

Neither, really, is the widespread reaction to this disparity, with most comments describing it as a failure of capitalism.

Of course reason falls silent whenever ideology speaks, so there’s no point arguing against this visceral feeling, especially since it betokens astounding ignorance of the most basic economic and social concepts.

Now there’s a surprise: the rich are getting richer

  • Posted on: 19 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

The news that the top 10 per cent of Britain’s population own half of the nation’s wealth is no news at all.

Neither, really, is the widespread reaction to this disparity, with most comments describing it as a failure of capitalism.

Of course reason falls silent whenever ideology speaks, so there’s no point arguing against this visceral feeling, especially since it betokens astounding ignorance of the most basic economic and social concepts.

Lost: 1.1 million migrants

  • Posted on: 18 December 2015
  • By: Alexander

No one would probably recoil in shock at the news that our government lies to us. It’s a modern, post-Christian government, isn’t it? Of course it is. So it lies.

Thieves steal, muggers mug, burglars burgle, our governing spivs lie. Truth has no independent value for them, lies no stigma. Whatever works at the moment.

At the moment Dave is trying to ‘negotiate’ with the EU. That’s his word for begging that wicked setup for some token concessions, no matter how meaningless, that will enable him to trick the people into voting to stay in the EU.

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