Submitted by Alexander on 18 April 2015 - 1:03pm
A friend of mine has forwarded an e-mail he received from a Ukip supporter of Putin.
This saddened me, since enthusiasm for perverse Russian regimes reflects the kind of moral and intellectual failure that traditionally has been the preserve of the left.
Now Ukip, the flag-bearer of conservatism in Britain, is trying to encroach on the territory signposted by several generations of ‘useful idiots’.
Submitted by Alexander on 16 April 2015 - 10:57am
Our non-conservative Conservatives (otherwise known as the Tory party) can sense that the gravy train of power may just depart without them on board.
Why-oh-why, they wring their hands, does every poll point at a hung parliament and a likely Labour-SNP coalition? Haven’t the Tories done well for the economy? Doesn’t the public – even Labour public! – find Miliband to be an unfunny joke? So why?!?
It’s so simple, chaps, that even you should be able to understand it. British conservatives feel no kinship with today’s Conservative party.
Submitted by Alexander on 14 April 2015 - 1:04pm
A good friend has solicited my opinion on David Starkey, and for once I had none to offer.
I never watch ‘serious’ programmes on TV, precisely because the modifier invariably requires quotation commas. Moreover, frequent presence on TV tends to put me off a chap’s other activities, such as his books.
Hence my ignorance of Dr Starkey’s work and life story, beyond the more salient details that even those who don’t watch much TV can’t fail to absorb from ambient air.
Submitted by Alexander on 13 April 2015 - 8:32am
Pope Francis described the 1915 slaughter of Armenians in Turkey as genocide, which is exactly the right word to use.
Yet the Turks are up in arms, screaming spurious objections to their little peccadillo being described that way. The number of 1.5 million victims on which most historians agree is an overestimate, they claim in their defence.
Submitted by Alexander on 11 April 2015 - 3:42pm
At the risk of sounding immodest, this unquestionably trustworthy poll is conducted by me – and on me.
The lamentably narrow sample admittedly discourages any far-reaching generalisations, but at least the poll’s reliability can’t be faulted.
Hence it’s on unimpeachable authority that I can announce the changing fortunes of Ukip, if only within this limited group of one.
If not so long ago Ukip polled 100 per cent among me, it’s now losing ground to a most dangerous opponent: ‘none of the above’.
Submitted by Alexander on 10 April 2015 - 8:05am
Submitted by Alexander on 9 April 2015 - 12:06pm
Since 2006, when Alexander Litvinenko died of polonium poisoning, the case has been treated as murder.
And not just any old murder but one commissioned by my friend Vlad, who, if Peter Hitchens is to be believed, represents the world’s last bulwark of conservative, Christian values.
Conversely, anyone who denies that Vlad is any such thing can only do so out of malignant Russophobia, and that goes for some Russians as well.
Submitted by Alexander on 8 April 2015 - 12:45pm
Tony may not be the worst prime minister we’ve ever had: one or two others, Dave among them, are firmly in contention for that honour.
But he is easily the most disgusting, a feature that’s blown up to grotesque proportions by his talent for self-publicity.
If a revolting individual wanted to appear half-decent, he’d be well-advised to keep a low profile and his mouth shut. But my friend Tony isn’t like that, is he?
Submitted by Alexander on 6 April 2015 - 12:09pm
In the midst of the wholesale murder of Christians by Muslims, the Archbishop of Canterbury has called on Christians not to use violence in self-defence.
This entreaty was a veiled reference to the Sermon on the Mount, specifically Matthew 5:39, where Jesus talks about turning the other cheek. It was also yet another demonstration of His Grace’s dubious grasp of theology.
For talking about nonviolence in this context isn’t just bad geopolitics. It’s also bad Christianity.
Submitted by Alexander on 5 April 2015 - 8:30am
Usually on this most joyous day of the year I write a longish piece, wishing my readers a Happy Easter – regardless of whether or not they are Christians.
The point I always make is that there is enough in this event even for non-believers to celebrate, for without it our civilisation wouldn’t exist, and my readers, regardless of their religion, are civilised people.