Submitted by Alexander on 30 July 2015 - 1:29pm
Our true opinion formers are neither politicians nor businessmen nor even pundits, though some of them may have a bit of influence.
But not nearly as much as ‘TV personalities’ and ‘celebrities’. It’s possible to define those in either category as people I’ve never heard of, but this definition isn’t precise. After all, many of those who are unknown to me are also unknown to everyone else, other than their own families, friends and colleagues.
Submitted by Alexander on 29 July 2015 - 7:49am
Repeat after me, 10 times: NOTHING unspeakable done by any ethnic or religious group comes from its character or history.
Good, now you’re ready to be a modern person, for you’ve just enunciated the core belief of PC modernity.
Though applicable to any group, these days it’s most widely practised in relation to Islamism, as Islam is fashionably known.
Submitted by Alexander on 28 July 2015 - 11:15am
Obama’s triumphant tour of the African half of his roots was marred by Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential candidate.
Now I dislike any politician of a certain age who insists on being known by the diminutive version of his Christian name. However, Mr Huckabee’s ability to rile Obama entitles him to calling himself even Mickey if he so chooses. This is what he said:
“This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history… he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven.
Submitted by Alexander on 27 July 2015 - 12:35pm
In his capacity as the Lords’ Deputy Speaker and Chairman of the Privileges and Conduct Committee, Baron Sewel, 69, was in charge of enforcing good behaviour in the Upper House.
His own behaviour, however, didn’t always meet the high standards whose guardian he was. The other day Lord Sewel resigned his posts after starring on hidden camera.
Submitted by Alexander on 25 July 2015 - 4:14pm
This, as the British cyclist Chris Froome found out, isn’t a figure of speech, at least not just that.
On course to win his second Tour de France, Chris has got up the nose of many a French spectator. They vent their frustration through other orifices, by spitting on the cyclist as he speeds by and throwing urine in his face.
Such acts don’t just defy fair play, a notion that has left a negligible imprint on the French mentality. They are actually against the law.
Submitted by Alexander on 24 July 2015 - 3:51pm
Barack Hussein, who owes 100 per cent of his ascent to 50 per cent of his genes, has generously given Britain the benefit of his geopolitical wisdom.
Britain, he hectored, ought to stay in the EU because that’ll give the USA “much greater confidence in the state of the transatlantic union”, and America hasn’t got “a more important partner than Great Britain”.
Britain must stay, explained Barack Hussein further, because the EU “has made the world safer and more prosperous”.
Submitted by Alexander on 23 July 2015 - 3:46pm
As a firm believer in progress, I’m convinced that, ever since Darwin created mankind, it has been going through a series of incremental improvements.
Imagine a steady climb from level ground to the top of a shining peak – that’s mankind progressing through the centuries. We may or may not have reached the very top yet, but we’ve certainly established a toehold within reach of the summit.
Submitted by Alexander on 20 July 2015 - 7:39am
Many Brits, mainly those on the political right, are so fed up with our own spivocratic government that they go blind. The fetid slush on the other side looks like green grass to them.
This explains their attraction to Putin. The sentiments behind it are irrational, more akin to some perverse secular faith than to any conscious preference.
Hence rational arguments make no inroads on the believers’ creed. “Yes,” they acknowledge the obvious facts, “but at least he looks after his people.”
Submitted by Alexander on 19 July 2015 - 4:09pm
Trotskyism is a disease that causes irreversible damage. A sufferer may renounce it and show every sign of health, but that’s like renouncing cancer in remission. A relapse is always possible.
Anyone wishing to contest this observation could do worse than read Peter Hitchens’s articles. Unlike his unlamented brother Christopher, Peter makes some conservative noises, and many of them ring true. But the Trotskyist cells are still alive, gnawing at his mind.
Submitted by Alexander on 17 July 2015 - 12:27pm
A young man with a degree in engineering from Tennessee University hired a Ford Mustang and drove it to a US Naval Reserve Centre. There he pulled out a gun and opened fire through the perimeter fence.
Four marines were killed on the spot, three more wounded, and the young engineer was himself shot dead.
The FBI say that the man’s motives are unclear, which is a serious matter. After all, as any reader of detective novels knows, a thorough investigation of a crime is impossible without establishing the motive.